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Grizzly Bears in Peril

In the early 1800s, grizzly bears roamed the Western United States. But after hundreds of years of hunting and habitat destruction, the number of grizzlies in the American West has plummeted. Today, the biggest threat to the grizzly may be global warming. Whitebark pine, a crucial food source for Yellowstone's grizzly bears, is being rapidly decimated by global warming. NRDC petitioned to have the tree added to the federal Endangered Species List in December 2008.

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Pebble Mine: Potential Disaster; Protect EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases; Clean up "Ghost Fleet"; NBA and NRDC Partner Up; Protect B.C. Grizzlies; Mountaintop Removal Mining

Pebble Mine: Potential Disaster; Protect EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases; Clean up

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Joel Reynolds, and Jean-Michel Cousteau co-authored an op-ed about the significant environmental threats inherent in the construction of an open-pit gold and copper mine proposed for the coast of Alaska; the article made the front page...continued

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Economic Benefits of Eco-Friendly Textiles, Environmental Laws, Advocating for Cleaner Power, Removing Polluting Ships, Benefits of New Fuel Standards, and Salmon Fisheries in Trouble

Economic Benefits of Eco-Friendly Textiles, Environmental Laws, Advocating for Cleaner Power, Removing Polluting Ships, Benefits of New Fuel Standards, and Salmon Fisheries in Trouble

In a front-page article in China Daily, China’s premiere Chinese/English publication, Linda Greer discussed the economic benefits of environmentally sound textile practices… World Environment, the official magazine of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, published a 5 page article on public...continued

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Hunting Grizzlies in Parks: No April Fool’s Joke

Hunting Grizzlies in Parks: No April Fool’s Joke

No joke: today is opening day for grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia parks.  The idea of hunting grizzlies in parks would be unthinkable in the lower-48 states, where parks are considered safe refuges for wildlife, providing the public with...continued

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Would you build Pebble Mine in heaven?

Would you build Pebble Mine in heaven?

When discussing the value of preserving grizzly bears in the lower 48 states, Aldo Leopold once remarked, “Relegating grizzlies to Alaska is about like relegating happiness to heaven; one may never get there.”  Many of us who live in the...continued

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The Feds Drag Their Feet, and Whitebark Pine Continues To Go Bye-Bye

The Feds Drag Their Feet, and Whitebark Pine Continues To Go Bye-Bye

NRDC Senior Wildlife Advocate Louisa Willcox and leading Canadian author Andrew Nikiforuk hiking above dying and dead whitebark pines in the Gallatin Mountains in Montana last summer.  Whitebark pine trees anchor the high country of the Northern Rockies.  They...continued

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While the US Fish and Wildlife Service stalls, time is running out for whitebark pine

While the US Fish and Wildlife Service stalls, time is running out for whitebark pine

Over a year ago, we submitted a petition to list whitebark pine as endangered on the Endangered Species List. By law, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is supposed to issue an initial determination on whether the petition may be...continued

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Grizzly Bears: Taking Stock of 2009, And a Bear Prayer for 2010

Grizzly Bears: Taking Stock of 2009, And a Bear Prayer for 2010

As grizzly bears have finally settled into their dens for a long winter sleep, it is time to take stock of the status of the populations that make up the last strongholds for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies.  These...continued

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Bear Tales and Some Grizzly Secrets

Bear Tales and Some Grizzly Secrets

Everyone who lives around grizzly bears or visits bear country winds up with a few stories to tell.  And who is not fascinated by an animal that can fish with its feet and can’t get enough back scratching?  Following are...continued

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Advocating for Yellowstone Grizzlies and Bison, China and Copenhagen negotiations, and Natural Gas Drilling Threats on NY Water Supply

Advocating for Yellowstone Grizzlies and Bison, China and Copenhagen negotiations, and Natural Gas Drilling Threats on NY Water Supply

In an Assignment Earth segment Louisa Willcox explained the relationship between whitebark pine trees, climate change and the survival of Yellowstone grizzly bears; the segment will run online and on many PBS stations nationally… Barbara Finamore commented on Copenhagen Summit...continued

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"Acid Test" on "Good Morning America"; Fixing Climate Change and Creating Jobs, TVs and Energy-Efficiency Standards, Wastewater in Lake Michigan, and Grizzly Bears Threatened by Climate Change

  Sigourney Weaver appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to promote the NRDC film Acid Test; on the show she explained that ocean acidification is linked to climate change and is already causing damage to organisms in our oceans... On...continued

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Are the Hills Alive?

Are the Hills Alive?

This article originally appeared as a guest editorial in the Jackson Hole News and Guide on Ocotober 28, 2009. It's impossible to drive over Togwotee Pass or hike in the wilds of the Gros Ventres or Absarokas these days without...continued

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Meet The Beetles and Folks Who Study Them

Meet The Beetles and Folks Who Study Them

(Left to right:  Wally Macfarlane, Yours Truly, Liz Davy, and Willie Kern) They flew in from all over the world: Switzerland, Finland, Greece, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and Canada, as well as many parts of the U.S.  Like the beetles...continued

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Relisting Yellowstone grizzlies: breaking old ways, creating new possibilities

Relisting Yellowstone grizzlies: breaking old ways, creating new possibilities

The victory celebration piece I started last week on the relisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear — a centerpiece of my work over the last 20 years — looks nothing like what you read now.  After 2 ½ years of...continued

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Whitebark Pine: An unlikely tree in the spotlight

Whitebark Pine: An unlikely tree in the spotlight

Last year I had a chance to wander into the Wind River region of Wyoming with journalists, academics, and NRDC experts interested in getting to the bottom of the climate catastrophe that is unfolding in the region's whitebark pine...continued

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BREAKING NEWS: Yellowstone Grizzlies Are Back on the Endangered Species List

BREAKING NEWS:  Yellowstone Grizzlies Are Back on the Endangered Species List

In a huge victory today, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy restored Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for Yellowstone's iconic grizzly bears. Judge Molloy issued his ruling in a case brought by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the federal district...continued

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The Siege of Beetles

The Siege of Beetles

                The beetle attack of whitebark pine I saw near Yellowstone National Park in Tom Miner Basin last week was worse than it was when I was here a year ago.  Even just two years ago, you would find a...continued

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Whitebark Country: A Photo Essay

Whitebark Country: A Photo Essay

Yesterday, I wrote about my training day in the Gallatin Mountains with the Whitebark Pine Aerial Assessment Team.  Below are some pictures from that incredible, yet discouraging, day: The Team going over equipment and protocol on Tom Miner Creek Road on...continued

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A Training Day With The Whitebark Pine Aerial Assessment Team

A Training Day With The Whitebark Pine Aerial Assessment Team

  Due to warmer temperatures, mountain pine beetles are devastating whitebark pine trees in the Northern Rockies.  Whitebark pine is a keystone species, its seeds are a critical food source for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), and...continued

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Global Warming, Dead Forests, Imperiled Grizzlies (Part II)

Global Warming, Dead Forests, Imperiled Grizzlies (Part II)

In a comment to my original blog entry on this subject, a reader asked a few good questions, which, to properly respond, warrant a new post.  Specifically, the commenter questioned:  (1) global warming in the Northern Rockies, (2) whether there...continued

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Global Warming, Dead Forests, Imperiled Grizzlies

Global Warming, Dead Forests, Imperiled Grizzlies

Whitebark pine is a rugged, tough, resilient, beautiful tree that inhabits the high country of the Northern Rockies.  Whitebark pine is typically the last tree one sees before going above timberline.  Whitebark pine seeds - or pine nuts - feed...continued

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Grizzly Bears, and Other Issues-- Like Drilling for Oil in Suburban Backyards

Grizzly Bears, and Other Issues-- Like Drilling for Oil in Suburban Backyards

Louisa Willcox argues for the endangered species status of grizzly bears and explains the link between dwindling natural food supplies and grizzly-human conflicts in the Associated Press... Damon Nagami spoke live on Radio Pacifica's KPFK about NRDC's ongoing legal battle...continued

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Blood bath for Yellowstone grizzlies

Blood bath for Yellowstone grizzlies

A shortened version of this opinion piece was published in the Billings Gazette on November 30th, 2008 This year has been a blood bath for Yellowstone grizzly bears.  A total of 49 grizzlies are known to have died, breaching the...continued

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Global Warming in a Time of an Obama Administration

Global Warming in a Time of an Obama Administration

In a front page Washington Post article, Bobby McEnaney warns that Pres. Bush is attempting to destroy the whole process designed to protect public lands, as his administration swiftly moves forward with the approval of large and controversial oil and...continued

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Fed Judge: No Green Taxi Mandate in NYC

Fed Judge: No Green Taxi Mandate in NYC

Kate Sinding expresses her disappointment that “a narrow segment of industry" has prevented "the city from doing what's best for its citizens and the environment," in an Associated Press article explaining actions by a federal judge that will block NYC...continued

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Lead, Oil and Grizzly Bears... in the News

Lead, Oil and Grizzly Bears... in the News

In a McClatchy Newspapers article, Gina Solomon cautions that there are a lot of gaps in a federal plan to monitor levels of lead pollution in the air; the article also links to data on lead pollution hot spots compiled...continued

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Bears, Pollution, and Other Things That Don't Read Road Maps

Bears, Pollution, and Other Things That Don't Read Road Maps

In the LA Times, David Pettit reflects on the successful signup of cleaner trucking companies to service the ports of LA and Long Beach, chastising the ATA for using empty scare tactics and claiming that reducing port pollution couldn’t...continued

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Of Wolves, Bears and the Yaak: the Power of Story

Of Wolves, Bears and the Yaak: the Power of Story

Last Saturday, I was the guest story teller at the Yaak wilderness festival, an eclectic annual gathering of woodsworkers, back-to-the-landers, local artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists committed to protecting an incredible stretch of wild country that is the Cabinet Yaak...continued

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Grizzlies Catch a Break in the New West

Grizzlies Catch a Break in the New West

Later this month, I will have the good fortune of taking a trip to Western Montana, one of my favorite landscapes. With wild rivers, fresh huckleberries, and towering ponderosa pines on my mind, my eyes are drawn to Montana stories....continued

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Bear Meets Bear, Part II

Bear Meets Bear, Part II

Louisa Willcox is one of my favorite people in the world. Her passion for all creatures great and small is almost too contagious (think viral). One of my colleagues recently taped Louisa talking about an hour-long encounter with a momma...continued

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Beetle versus Bear

Beetle versus Bear

How can a tiny beetle threaten the survival of Yellowstone's famed Grizzly bears? The answer was revealed at a meeting I attended this weekend at the beautiful B Bar ranch, situated on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park. The...continued

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