Subject: FW: BIODIVERSITY ACTIVIST #253


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              CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

            <www.biologicaldiversity.org>      9-26-00      #253
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§ 12,000 ACRES TO BE PROTECTED FOR RIVERSIDE FAIRY SHRIMP
§ B.B. KING & LOS LOBOS TO PLAY BENEFIT FOR CENTER
§ CHILDREN'S MUSEUM DISPLAYS "WOLF PUP CONTEST" ART
§ ANOTHER TERRIBLE UTAH TIMER SALE
§ BAN ON AZ PREDATOR HUNT CONTESTS OVERTURNED AGAIN
§ ILLEGAL CATTLE TRASHING GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE
    NATIONAL MONUMENT

12,000 ACRES TO BE PROTECTED FOR RIVERSIDE FAIRY SHRIMP
In response to a court order obtained by the Center for Biological
Diversity, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published a proposal on 9-21-00
to designate 12,060 acres of critical habitat for the endangered
Riverside fairy shrimp. The land includes vernal pools in Orange,
Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties. Vernal pools
are seasonal wetlands that fill with water during fall and winter rains.
They are home to many plants and animals that in turn form a valuable
part of the food chain for a wide array of animals, including birds of prey,
shorebirds, migratory waterfowl, frogs, toads, salamanders and
pollinating insects. Vernal pools have been destroyed and degraded by
urban sprawl, agribusiness, off-road vehicles, livestock grazing, and
wetland draining.

A large portion of the remaining pools exist on Marine Corps bases at
Miramar and Camp Pendleton. The marines are already lobbying to be
exempt from critical habitat protections for the Arroyo southwestern toad,
California gnatcatcher, San Diego fairy shrimp and the Tidewater goby.
While this battle is raging, the Fish & Wildlife Service plans to exempt
state and private lands which are already involved in so called "habitat
conservation plans." The plans are actually permits allowing developers
to kill endangered species and destroy their habitat in return for
inadequate, often already committed, mitigation lands. The Center
opposes the exemption of both the Marine bases and developer parcels.

The Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni) was listed as an
endangered species 8-3-93. It has been reduced to just 25 vernal pool
complexes in coastal southern California
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B.B. KING & LOS LOBOS TO PLAY BENEFIT FOR CENTER
B.B. King, Los Lobos, Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band, and Walt
Richardson will perform at the Sedona EcoFest 2000 in a benefit for the
Center for Biological Diversity, Save Long Canyon, The Nature
Conservancy, The Resource Center for Environmental Education, and
The Humane Society of Sedona.

The EcoFest is on Saturday, October 21, 2000, in the Georgia Frontiere
Performing Arts Pavilion at The Sedona Cultural Park, Sedona, AZ. In
addition to music, it will have educational booths.

General Admission Lawn tickets are $40.00. Children five and under
admitted free. To order tickets call (520) 203- 4TIX (4849) or (800) 780-
ARTS (2787) nationwide. For more information
<http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/events/ecofest.html>
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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM DISPLAYS "WOLF PUP CONTEST" ART
Last spring, three children were chosen as winners of the Center's Name-
A-Wolf Pup Contest. Over 900 students from schools throughout
the Southwest sent in entries to help welcome the Southwest's newest
wild born wolf pups into the world. Participants were asked draw a
Mexican gray wolf in its forest habitat, submit a wolf pup name, and
explain why they thought it was important to have wolves in the wild.
The winning entries can be seen at
<http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/wolf/contestend.html>

Images by the 12 finalists are now on display at the Tucson Children's
Museum. These images remind us why wolves are an important part of a
healthy, natural ecosystem. View the exhibit at the Tucson Children's
Museum, 200 S. 6th Ave. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10-5.
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ANOTHER TERRIBLE UTAH TIMER SALE
Utah's Dixie National Forest is proposing to log 4,000 acres of Engelmann
spruce and subalpine fir, and clearcut 150 acres of aspen on
the Aquarius Plateau, approximately 14 miles northwest of Escalante,
Utah. The Griffin Springs timber sale, as all timber sales in recent years,
is supposed to "improve forest health". Unlike lower elevation ponderosa
pine forests, however, the Plateau's spruce and subalpine forests have
not suffered from long-term fire suppression.

Rising 6,000 feet above the canyon country of Capitol Reef National Park
and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Aquarius
Plateau is the headwaters of the Escalante River and is covered with rich
forests of aspen and spruce-fir, subalpine grasslands, meadows, and
lakes. At over 11,300 feet, it is the highest timbered plateau in North
America. This sublime and unique area should not be subject further
logging.
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BAN ON AZ PREDATOR HUNT CONTESTS OVERTURNED AGAIN
For the second time in a row, the Arizona Game & Fish Commission has
banned organized predator hunting contests only to be overruled by the
Governor's Regulatory Review Council because of its supposed
economic impact to the local communities and concern that the decision
is based on "ethical" principles. Ignoring 14,000 comment letters, 90% of
which opposed predator hunting contests, the Council also ruled that the
Game and Fish Commission has no authority to regulate hunting
contests.

In these contests, hunters are awarded points for killing as many coyotes,
fox, bobcats, and mountain lions as possible. Extra points are given for
killing females. The person with the most points wins a cash prize.
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ILLEGAL CATTLE TRASHING GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE
NATIONAL MONUMENT
In June, the Bureau of Land Management informed livestock operators
within the newly created Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
that livestock and dry conditions had reduced grass cover by 90%. The
BLM is authorized to remove cattle if more than 60% is depleted. Loss of
grass cover removes habitat for deer, small mammals, song birds, lizards
and invertebrates. As grass is a primary soil stabilizer, its removal by
cattle can lead to irreparable erosion damage.

Though livestock were ordered off the Monument by September 1st,
three livestock operators refused to comply. They were then given an
extension to September 15, but still have not removed all livestock. The
Escalante Wilderness Project is pushing the BLM to impound the illegal
cattle before degraded deserts and grasslands are irreversibly damaged
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ENDANGERED TOTEMS. Eleven of the twelve western states have adopted
imperiled species as their state fish: New Mexico (Rio Grande cutthroat
trout), Arizona (Apache trout), Colorado (Greenback cutthroat trout), Utah
(Bonneville cutthroat trout), Nevada (Lahontan cutthroat trout), California
(Golden trout), Oregon (Chinook salmon), Washington (Steelhead trout),
Idaho, Montana and Wyoming (Cutthroat trout).

Kierán Suckling                           ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org
Science and Policy Director          520.623.5252 phone
Center for Biological Diversity        520.623.9797 fax
<www.biologicaldiversity.org>        POB 710, Tucson, AZ 85702-0710

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