Wolf Wisdom from a Wolf Authority

Introductory note from Jim Beers:  Dr. Val Geist is a retired Canadian University Professor now living in British Columbia. While his title is “Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science” his field of expertise for which he is internationally recognized is the biology of wildlife and the societal implications of wildlife policy options. I have no greater […]

Proposed water quality rules may limit ag activities

A new effort to regulate grazing and its potential impacts on water quality has California ranchers concerned new rules could limit their food production activities and yield little environmental benefits. State water regulators launched a series of public listening sessions around the state during January to solicit public comments before developing a new “Grazing Regulatory […]

Greenhouse Gases “Rise” in Importance for NEPA Reviews –National Environmental Policy Act

Just before Christmas, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) published revised draft guidance intended to direct federal agencies on when and how to consider the effects of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and climate change when evaluating the environmental effects of proposed agency actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).  Consideration of climate change is […]

Who Owns the Environmentalist Movement?

From: 21st Century, Fall 1992 Who pulls the strings of environmental groups? The establishment figures who fund and control it — from England’s Prince Phillip and the Netherlands’ Prince Bernhard, to U.S. corporate funders like Robert O. Anderson. Far from a grass roots movement, environmentalism is a big business, funded and directed by the leading […]

Local lizard may be named an endangered species

The California Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to consider whether the flat-tailed horned lizard, whose habitat includes the Algodones and Imperial sand dunes west of Yuma, should be listed as endangered. The Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to the state seeking endangered status was accepted by the department’s staff and sent on to the […]

Update on the Lawsuit to Stop the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) from Taking Away Local Control

Judge Grillo’s tentative ruling is against local autonomy, however, the Judge is in possession of the information he requested at the hearing and has not yet made a final ruling. Anticipation builds as to what the Superior Court will do…

Advocates seek grizzly re-introductions

An advocacy group has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot area of Idaho and Montana. The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday that it hopes to revive a stalled recovery plan for the animals that was finalized in 2000. The group says having bears in the Selway-Bitterroot […]

Seven Reasons Why Plan Bay Area is Illegal & Bad Policy for California

Plan Bay Area is a monumental land use document prepared by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), for the ostensible purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by the year 2035, as required by former Governor Schwarzenegger’s Senate Bill 375. Kassouni Law is currently litigating the legality of […]