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Endangered Caribou Critical Habitat
Please write comments by April 23rd and help protect caribou!
coalition of conservation groups, including the Lands Council filed a lawsuit
in 2013 challenging the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to cut
more than 90% of protected critical habitat for the endangered mountain caribou
– from a proposed 375,562 acres to a mere 30,010 acres. But a federal judge
ordered the USFWS to reconsider this decision!
Please tell USFWS not to take away protections for caribou! Please ask them to designate the full recovery option of 375,000 acres.
Go to the Federal eRulemaking
The USFWS has proposed downgrading the Selkirk herd's status
from "endangered" to "threatened" but after the Canadian Wildlife Services
recently upgraded the populations status to endangered!
The science based proposed critical habitat issued in 2011 included
more than 375,000 acres, which encompassed a majority of the area specified in
the scientists plan as necessary for the animals recovery. In cutting this
proposed acreage by more than 90%, the US Fish and Wildlife Service obviously
chose to abandon the goal of recovering caribou in the contiguous United
The mountain caribou population has dwindled drastically in
recent decades because of very low survival rates for newborn calves with their
habitat being encroached by snowmobiles, and the access those trails provides
Caribou once ranged across much of northern Rocky Mountains,
upper Midwest and Northeast. The last remaining population in the northern Rocky
Mountains barely hangs on in the Selkirk Mountains of northeast
Washington and northern Idaho. Mountain caribou are a unique form of
woodland caribou, with dinner-plate-sized hooves that work like snowshoes, they
are adapted to surviving winters of deep snow and have the ability to subsist
for three to four months on nothing but arboreal lichens found on old-growth
trees. The Selkirk caribou are part of a population that straddles the border
with British Columbia and now consists of fewer than 30 animals.
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Green Sleeves is a new collaboration between The Lands Council and
Geiger Corrections Center that involves Spokane County Detention
Services Work Crews and jail-alternative sentencing options. The project
also includes educational opportunities for offenders at Geiger
Corrections Center with a curriculum focused specifically on employable
skills. Click here for more information.
This project made possible by:
2014-2015 Forest & Wildlife projects!
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