United States Department of the Interior
United States Department of the Interior
Ban Elephant "Trophies" in the US
The Trump Administration has quietly made it legal to bring tusks and other elephant parts back to the US as "trophies" from big game hunting. This policy sends the wrong message to poachers and endangers an already threatened species. From Washington Post: "The decision, announced quietly in a March 1 memorandum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdrew previous rulings on trophy hunting and said the agency would allow sport hunters to receive permits for the trophy items on a 'case-by-case basis.'" However, the Trump administration/Dept. of the Interior has not commented on HOW these permits will be administered. Secretary Zinke of the Dept of the Interior, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. are also known big game hunters and this policy would be greatly beneficial to them. Secretary Zinke needs to remember that his job is to PROTECT wildlife, not to encourage hunting threatened species.
Stop the Government's Brutal Treatment of America's Wild Horses
In Wyoming’s Red Desert, a tiny wild horse foal flees a menacing helicopter chasing him. The little colt tries as hard as he can to catch up to his mother, just yards ahead of him. But finally he stops, unable to go farther. His mother turns around to look for her foal, then bravely defies the helicopter to run back to him. When the wranglers come after her on horseback with ropes, she charges them, trying desperately to save her baby. Finally, they rope her and drag her in to the trap, then bring in her exhausted foal. The foal photographed later in a holding pen lying lifelessly on the ground. By the next morning, he’s dead. This tiny colt is the third foal run to death in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup underway right now in Wyoming. So far, over 1,000 wild horses have been captured and permanently removed from our public lands. They will never know freedom or see their families again. Most Americans have no clue what’s happening at the hands of our government and paid for by our tax dollars. Worst of all, it’s totally unnecessary. The Red Desert wild horses being rounded up today aren’t starving or overpopulating… they are in extremely healthy condition, some are even fat! The sad truth is that these iconic American mustangs are being run off our public lands to make room commercial livestock grazing that is subsidized by our tax dollars, even though it provides less than 2 percent of America’s beef supply. There’s a way to manage our wild horses and burros of the American West and this is not it. Please speak up today.
Prevent Oil and Gas Drilling Near The Great Sand Dunes National Park
The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado are some of the most unexpected and glorious natural features in the West. Protected within a 150,000 acre national park, the sand dunes roll and swerve in fantastic changing patterns and are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Now this incredible park is under attack. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to auction off the mineral rights of thousands of acres of land just outside the park to the oil and gas industry. Please sign our petition to protect this natural wonder from destruction. Oil and gas developments can contaminate our water and air, destroy native plants, and harm or displace wildlife -- all of which are crucial to this fragile ecosystem. In addition, the park’s tourist industry is dependent on a healthy and protected ecosystem. The BLM has argued that the mountain ranges around the park will protect it from pollutants and have dismissed concerns about water contamination by saying the rain water flows to basins outside the park. But this is not a good enough answer. You can’t hide environmental dangers behind a mountain range. No matter how small or insignificant such developments seem, they still exact a price on the environment. Let's stop putting profit before the planet. Sign this petition to demand the Huerfano County Parcels 8080-8090 NOT be approved for auction!
KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!
Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses. In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
Stop Christopher Columbus Landing Resort and Designate a Natural Reserve
Sign this petition to STOP CONSTRUCTION of the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort until PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE FULLY RENEWED through an ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER from THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO to P.R's PLANNING BOARD and CARIBBEAN MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. For up to date daily posts follow Salvemos a Playuela on Facebook and Instagram. We oppose the construction of a coastal mega hotel-residential complex, which consists of 121-acres, 300 room hotel with a 17,000 square foot casino, convention center, 160 condo-hotel units, 240 apartment condominium, and 100 residential villas. The complex covers nearly 4,000 feet of the coastline of Playuela, a significant part of an already-working Ecological Corridor in Northwest Puerto Rico, Municipality of Aguadilla. Construction operations started last October 31st, 2016 on urban-free lands ("Suelos Rústicos") that should be maintained free from urbanization. This land category is established in the Land Use Plan of the Puerto Rico Planning Board (pags 140-151, 2015). This is also true for the Municipality Territorial Ordinance. Developers vaguely justify urbanization here under the Law of Tourism Development, arguing that the project will have little ecological impact and brings economy. In fact, because of this law, developers applied for tax forgiveness and they won't even pay Municipal taxes for this construction project. Environmental groups argue this economic model is highly unsustainable, only benefiting specific-private construction and real estate business owners, promoting social inequity, and environmental degradation/conflicts. These lands hold great biodiversity of fauna and flora. Species interact with the urban-free environment to form a Sustainable Paradise with up to five distinct ecosystems. This provides a sense of place to the people. Several protected species of corals, manatees, hawksbill turtles, boas (potentially), birds, and native palm trees depend on Land & Sea Ecological Integrity and would benefit from conservation and restoration efforts. Also, this area hosts four of the most recognized surf breaks, not just by Puerto Rico, but also by the international surfing community These are: “El Mix”, “Wishing Wells”, “Pressure Point”, and “Wilderness”. South of this site are other world class breaks like “Gas Chambers” and “Crash Boats”, and North "Surfers Beach", "Table Tops", "PR's Backdoor", and "Survivals". Click Here!To complete the Christopher Columbus Landing Resort it is required the construction of an extended sewage pipeline system damaging underground aquifers. Increasing the capacity of a nearby-river sewage treatment plant is also required. Curious enough, the project was sold to investors as a Beach Front Hotel Complex. Now we know, this propaganda was an OAX! The project engineer admitted a sandy beach will not be constructed. Nevertheless, significant threats of habitat loss and scenery degradation remains. Natural-intrinsic coastal values are essential sustainable-assets for the local economy, attracting tourists to Aguadilla, Rincón, Isabela and other Northwest Municipalities of PR. Many existing hotels, hostels, and guest houses in the area benefit from these resources. To consolidate our cause we are developing counter-proposals to designate these lands as a series of Natural Reserve and develop a Management Plan for the Ecological Corridor. These are strategic investments that can be done to develop sustainable economies like Eco-Tourism and ensure the coherent implementation of the Land Use Plan to be in concordance with the sustainability needs of Puerto Rico's socio-economic and socio-ecological systems. ACT NOW!!! DEMAND RENEWAL OF PUBLIC HEARINGS, an appropriate forum and level of discussion where the destiny of Playuela's Beauty and Value can be changed for GOOD! For More Information and up to date daily posts follow Salvemos a Playuela on Facebook and Instagram.
Stop the Privatization of US National Park Campgrounds!
The U.S. Department of the Interior is considering selling the campgrounds in National Parks in an effort to “modernize” the parks and bring in more money. Their plans will ruin the pristine beauty of some of the most magnificent places in the world with food trucks and other theme park-esque attractions. Privatization can also be harmful to the wildlife in the parks in the form of noise pollution and food scraps that will attract animals to roadsides and parking lots which increases their chances of being struck by careless drivers. Food scraps can also introduce new bacteria to wildlife making them unable to digest their normal diet. In addition to privatization endangering wildlife, it will drive up the parks’ entrance fees which will inhibit working-class Americans from enjoying all that the parks have to offer. We need to tell the Department of the Interior that we care about our national parks and that we won’t see them ruined. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said it best "There is nothing so American as our national parks... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us." These are our parks, do not allow them to be ruined by corporate greed!
Protect and Save the Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bears are a subspecies of brown bears that are currently endangered in the United States. They have been over hunted for sport over the course of the past hundred years, dramatically reducing their population. In the 1800s, Grizzly Bear populations were approximately 50,000 and in the past 200 years the population has lowered to a total of 1,800 Grizzly Bears. Between 1850 and 1920 grizzly bears were eliminated from 95% of their original range, with extirpation occurring earliest on the Great Plains and later in remote mountainous areas. Without the Grizzly Bears, the habitats and homes of all other wildlife in surrounding areas could be destined for disaster. Grizzly Bears serve as a keystone species and apex predators in their environments. Since, Grizzly Bears are at the top of the food chain, they also serve as key indicator species for their ecosystem. Without the Grizzly Bear, there will be less control on the populations of lower trophic level animals. They are responsible for limiting their prey populations as well as limiting the overgrazing of grasses and plants in the ecosystem. The Grizzly Bear is also responsible for the dispersal of seeds and nutrients for the soil, provided in the bears’ feces. We need your help to spread the awareness for this key species in the wilderness. Humans have killed 13,804 grizzly bears in the province since the government began keeping mortality records for the species (from 1975 – 2016). Laws and regulations must be passed to help protect the Grizzly Bears. Limits on the total amount of Grizzly Bears hunted must be established and pushed by state and national officials. We need Ryan Zinke, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Greg Sheehan, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to do their role in protecting the environment we live in. With the passing of regulations, Grizzly Bears will be able to return to their past numbers and flourish again in the wilderness. We must use our voices to save the Grizzly Bears from total extinction. By saving the Grizzly Bears, we are able to protect the world and environment around us.
Block President Trump's dangerous efforts to harm the Endangered Species Act
If the Trump administration has its way, the North American Wolverine may be doomed to the endangered species list. For years pro-industry legislators have pushed for dismantling key provisions in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and now the Department of the Interior and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service just announced a proposal to gut automatic protections for wildlife like the North American Wolverine and the Monarch Butterfly, to name a few, that are currently under consideration for threatened species protection. Sign and share today to stop the Trump administration from stripping 45 years of protection for threatened species from the Endangered Species Act. Under the guise of an administrative effort to scale back "government regulation," this new proposal is just a way to give agriculture and energy companies the freedom to drill and graze cattle in habitats earmarked for protected species. The new rules specifically target two provisions of the ESA: Protection for species listed as threatened — The new rule would only grant "certain protections" to threatened species, species at risk of becoming endangered if no action is taken, on a case-by-case basis. Economic factors for habitat protection — The new rule would allow officials to factor in economic opportunities, like drilling and ranching, when considering protection for wildlife. We have 60 days to tell the Trump administration to keep the ESA intact with these key wildlife protections. Sign and share today to protect the most at-risk species, like the North American Wolverine.
Preserve Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!
Preserve Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's vast and austere landscape in Southern Utah embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. Donald Trump’s administration, along with Utah’s delegation, is currently engaging in efforts to substantially reduce the monument. This effort is an archaic and illogical assault on one of the crown jewels of America’s National Monuments and an economic threat to the gateway communities of the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Please sign our petition today to help protect one of America’s last great wilderness areas! Since the designation of the monument in 1996, the area’s economy has outpaced the rest of the state and many local citizens have made significant investments in the surrounding communities that are directly connected to the Monument designation, yet politicians in the state of Utah have perpetuated false information to the federal government regarding the sentiments of their constituents. Overwhelmingly, the citizens of Utah support leaving these monuments intact, with their current boundaries. The Trump administration has cut funding for the Bureau of Land Management and given orders to prioritize extractive industry partnerships over tourism, scientific research and recreation in the new budget. Please sign today to let this administration know that Americans favor protecting wild, unique and historic landscapes over expansion of energy extraction and pollution of our environment. We, the people implore our elected officials to cease all efforts to diminish the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument below the current boundaries.
Reinstate the Ban on Elephant and Lion Hunting Trophies - Stop the Poaching!
Reinstate the ban on elephant and lion hunting trophies that the Trump Administration just undid. Zimbabwe and Zambia are in intense political turmoil and cannot be trusted to provide unbiased data on the safety of hunting endangered animals such as the elephant and lion. This reversal WILL damage those populations and lead them to extinction and must not be allowed.