Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cowboy Ken rides again- this time, in an ORV

As our readers must know, we despise Cowboy, er, Secretary Ken Salazar. For many reasons, including this and this and this. And we certainly thought that no photo of the man would make us want to puke as much as the photo in that last link, with his cowboy hat and his bolo tie signifying for all the world that the western public lands land grab would continue under his watch.

Until now.


That's right. Secretary Ken Salazar went riding on an ORV in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (also known as the Algodones Dunes) last weekend and thought, "It was fantastic."

Not, "Wow. What a unique geological treasure, the largest dunes in North America, with so many awesome species that are found NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH!"

Not, "Isn't is great that conservation groups have worked so hard to gain closures and protect Wilderness in this area so that there is plenty of room for Peirson's milk-vetch to persist?"

Nope. Instead,
Sunday, Salazar was talking up off-roading on federal land.

“It’s important that we allow the different kinds of uses,” he said.

Salazar said the off-highway vehicle area is an example of the many ways federal lands are used to create jobs. The dunes draw 1.3 million visitors, he said, calling that “a huge contribution to the local economy.”
The reason for this reassurance? Because people are FREAKING OUT that Obama's "Great Outdoors Initiative" might actually mean something about conservation.

They needn't, not with guys like Ken Salazar and Bob Abbey in charge of vast acreages of public lands.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We Heart Congressman Raul Grijalva

We're glad there is at least one politician that doesn't make us puke. Thank you, Sir.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Follow the bastards gutting environmental laws:

Via The Wilderness Society

The U.S. House of Representatives begins debate today on a slew of bad amendments to the government’s 2011 budget (the 2011 continuing resolution).

The CR vote is likely to happen this week and vital environmental programs are on the line.

To monitor debate occurring on the floor, The Wilderness Society has launched a live blogging page where we will be posting updates about environmental amendments here: http://wilderness.org/content/wild-lands-under-attack-budget-2011.

Live blogging that will last throughout the debate on the continuing resolutions.
We promise to try to get out a salient explanation of the worst amendments, but here's one to get you started. Feel free to post additional links in the comments section.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


(Photo: AGFD)

We've got the good news jitters about the recent ocelot sightings in southern Arizona, and we're not the only ones.
Sergio Avila, a biologist for the conservation group Sky Island Alliance, called this week's ocelot discovery "really good news." Back in November 2009, his group's remote cameras captured images of an ocelot, he said, in a Cochise County location that the group hasn't revealed.

The group has photographed four ocelots in northern Sonora, most recently last month.

"It's really good that somebody else is proving there are ocelots in the region," said Avila. "This proves there is connectivity in the region" - that there's habitat allowing the cats to move around. "This is something to celebrate."

Except. Except for if the Arizona Game and Fish Department decides to get involved in "managing" ocelots by capturing, collaring, and killing them the way it did with Macho B, the last known jaguar in the U.S. Or didn't. Or did.

So here's a tip for people who might have see an ocelot in the wild. Don't call AGFD. Call Sky Island Alliance instead. They'll point you in the right direction, which may or may not be the state or the feds.