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Our blog gives us a great way of keeping folks – our members and anyone else interested in our work – a little more plugged in to what’s happening in the world of endangered species advocacy, offering some insight into what we do and how we do it, and fostering conversation among our supporters, our staff, and others.

Conservation Victory # 13: Missionary Ridge Saved from Post-Fire Logging

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 30, 2014 - Blog
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In June of 2002 a wildfire raged across more than 73,000 acres of Missionary Ridge, just northeast of Durango in the San Juan National Forest. Following the fire the area was faced with the potential for landslides, flooding, erosion, water quality impacts, and a logging project with the potential to exasperate all of these issues.

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SAGE GROUSE UPRISING? Rare pictures catch Wyoming sage grouse using wildlife underpass

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 24, 2014 - Blog
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Sage grouse march east through an underpass near Pinedale. It's the first time sage grouse have been caught on camera using an underpass, and biologists for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department do not know what, if anything, it could mean.

Hundreds of sage grouse appear to be walking east under an interstate underpass originally intended for mule deer and pronghorns. Recent and rare photos from the underpass show sage grouse marching almost entirely in one direction under what is called Bridge No. 1, near Pinedale, said Hall Sawyer, a research biologist for Western Ecosystems Technology in Laramie.

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Conservation Victory # 12: A Desert Gem Protected

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 23, 2014 - Blog
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The Pariette cactus is one of Utah’s most beautiful wildflowers. This cactus is as rare as it is lovely, found only in the Pariette Draw in the Uintah Basin. Protecting wildflowers like the Pariette Cactus helps to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy seeing the spectacular displays of wildflowers in the deserts of Utah and Colorado.

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Wildlife Camera Captures Rare & Elusive Canada Lynx in Colorado

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 21, 2014 - Blog
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For over five years, our biologists have been monitoring the I-70 corridor via motion-sensor wildlife cameras, “capturing” all sorts of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, cougars, pine martens, raccoons, coyotes, foxes etc. We are very excited to report our first Canada lynx to be photographed on the south side of the highway near Stafford Creek.

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Conservation Victory # 11: Ensuring Safe Passage for Wildlife on I-70

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 16, 2014 - Blog

I-70 currently presents a significant obstacle to wildlife moving through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and causes harmful animal-vehicle collisions. For many species, the road represents a threat to their continued survival in the area.

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Conservation Victory #10: Handkerchief Mesa Protected from Massive Logging Project

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 9, 2014 - Blog

Located in south-central Colorado, the Handkerchief Mesa comprises nearly 92,000 acres in Rio Grande National Forest and contains three of the Rio Grande’s primary watersheds: Pass Creek, Park Creek, and Beaver Creek.  From the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century this area was heavily logged. Massive clearcuts denuded significant portions of the area, and soil and water quality were negatively impacted.

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Conservation Victory #9: One Step Closer to Federal Protection for White-tailed Prairie Dogs

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 2, 2014 - Blog

White-tailed prairie dogs inhabit the “Sagebrush Sea” of central and western Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah, and south-central Montana, and are critical to the health of the sagebrush ecosystem. The white-tailed prairie dog is an indicator of healthy wildlife populations in the sagebrush sea of the west.

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Conservation Victory # 8: 2 Million Acres Deferred From Oil and Gas Development

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - September 25, 2014 - Blog

Oil and gas development is one of the biggest threats to native biodiversity in our region. At the end of 2013, the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had active leases on 18,969,941 acres of land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. These leases give energy companies the right to construct roads, drilling pads, and […]

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Conservation Victory # 7: Keeping Wolf Creek Pass Wild (1999-2014)

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - September 24, 2014 - Blog

Since 1999, Rocky Mountain Wild has fought to preserve a critical wildlife corridor, threatened species, fen wetlands, air quality, scenic and recreational resources on the Continental Divide, and the integrity of nearby Wilderness areas in the Southern Rockies from a massive development proposal at Wolf Creek Pass.

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Feds Neglect Southern Rockies, Again, in Final Critical Habitat Designation for Lynx

Posted by Paige Singer - September 14, 2014 - Blog

On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx, which was recognized as a threatened species in the lower 48 United States in 2000. Despite designating nearly 39,000 square miles as essential habitat for the cats, the revised designation does not include any protections for lynx in the Southern Rocky Mountains.

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