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 respect […]

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 families […]

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 would […]

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 […]