Weaker wildlife protection coming...

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008
Weaker wildlife protection coming...
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 12:08pm

I was very surprised to read this article late last week. I'd like to know more about why they are proposing this. I've included a summary of the article below~

BREAKING: Obama Administration Seeks Weaker Wildlife Protections on National Forests, Grasslands


  • Proposed forest planning regulations released by the Obama administration today fail to provide critical, concrete protections for water and wildlife
  • The administration’s proposal would roll back strong safeguards for wildlife conservation issued by the Reagan administration in 1982: a requirement that the U.S. Forest Service maintain healthy, sustainable fish and wildlife populations
  • The proposal would leave the decision of whether or not to maintain healthy, viable populations of many imperiled wildlife species at the discretion of individual forest managers, leaving the fate of hundreds of species uncertain
  • The proposal would allow individual forest managers the discretion to “give up” on protecting many needy species without facing accountability to the public
  • Defenders of Wildlife will be reviewing the proposal in greater detail and urging the Obama administration to set binding standards for safeguarding water quality and fish and wildlife habitat

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 6:06pm

Well, we all knew that balancing the budget would hurt --- and this may be the best we can get past the opposition that appears to want to abolish funding for ALL parks, public lands, environmental protections, etc... I suspect we are in for a bumpy ride!