Several major changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), proposed by the Interior Department, are open for comment from now until September 24th. These changes to internal regulations will affect everything from how threatened species are protected to how predictions about future habitat are used. One change involves the repeal of the 4D rule, which […]
CVNWR Comment Period Now Closed
Nearly 300 people submitted comments through our site. Thank you for the great response!
Starting this winter, at least 30 to 40 acres of CVNWR a year could be commercially logged, and the possible techniques include clear-cutting. A presentation given by refuge staff on August 14th states that at least 10% of all refuge acres will be eligible for commercial harvesting, with another 10% subject to commercial and non-commercial timbering for early successional forest management. View the full powerpoint here.
Comment on the Department of the Interior's Regulatory Rollbacks
The Secretaries of Interior and Commerce have proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that will gravely threaten the country's ability to protect plants, fish, and wildlife from extinction.
The changes would have far-reaching impacts on species already listed and those awaiting protections.
When you click the button below, you will be taken to the Endangered Species Coalition page where you can learn more about the proposed regulatory changes and submit a comment. Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the coalition on this action.
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New Threats to the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act is a critical environmental law with a proven record of success. It has saved iconic American species from extinction, and has prevented the extinction of 99% of species listed. Unfortunately, this law is under attack from special interests who want to roll back protections. Please write to your legislators and let them know that you support the Endangered Species Act, and want them to reject any efforts to undermine it.
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In early August 2018, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR) announced that they would be using commercial logging on Refuge land, a practice that has not been previously used. At the time there was only a two week comment period, and the public meetings on the issue were not well publicized. Despite the short […]
On August 10th, citizens around the country are going to be calling or visiting their Congressional offices to talk about the importance of the Endangered Species Act. Friends of Blackwater will be participating, and we wanted to share the fact sheet that we will be using. You can download a pdf here or just read up on […]
On August 3rd, citizens around the country are going to be participating in the Stop Extinction Challenge – reaching out to their congresspeople and urging them to protect the Endangered Species Act. If you have the time, go to your local congressional office in person, and tell them to maintain strong protections for endangered species […]
We recently spotted a great letter about Blackwater Canyon in the Inter-Mountain. Thomas resident Joseph Dumire wrote into the paper to discuss the importance of protecting West Virginia’s crown jewel from deforestation and development. He writes that the area should be set aside “so the forest can continue to grow untouched as old growth timber […]