Weekly News Roundup: Pronghorn Need Your Help and More

Pronghorn habitat is in danger! With the release of methane gases from oil and gas development in the West, pronghorn habitat is left vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. If we do not move forward with strong rules to limit methane pollution, their habitat will experience much worsened droughts and wildfires!

Pronghorn running. Photo by Kathy Gervais. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.
Pronghorn running. Photo by Kathy Gervais. National Wildlife Photo Contest donated entry.
In other news, did you know this week is National Wildlife Refuge Week? Celebrate the week by viewing 12 inspiring photos that remind us why these wildlife refuges are essential!

Don’t let methane gases from drilling operations continue without limit! Take action for pronghorns today!

What’s happening at the National Wildlife Federation this week?

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Designation: A Homerun for Wildlife and Local Communities

National Park ServiceOctober 10 – For the 13th time in his Presidency, President Obama responded to decades of hard work by local communities, businesses, elected officials and conservation organizations by creating a new National Monument – this time right in Los Angeles’ backyard.  By signing today’s proclamation, the President has permanently protected 346,000 acres of wild land in the San Gabriel Mountains, which provides critical habitat for a wide range of wildlife, including mountain lions, California condors, yellow-legged frogs, and Nelson’s bighorn sheep.  The new monument status will also ensure that these spectacular public lands remain open in perpetuity for outdoor recreation activities like hiking, hunting, and fishing which are currently enjoyed by more than three million visitors annually.

NWF in the News:

USA Today: Don’t get left in the dark: What to do when power goes out

A National Wildlife Federation report on U.S. energy infrastructure recommends that the nation “undertake a detailed national climate vulnerability assessment for the energy industry and develop climate adaptation plans to address vulnerabilities.”

Bloomberg BNA: EPA Meeting on Water Rule Impact Comes ‘Too Little, Too Late,’ Rural Utilities Say

“We hear from fishing guides, brewers, coffee roasters, farmers, ranchers, caterers—real small businesses—who depend on clean water for their businesses and who therefore support the Clean Water Rule,” Goldman-Carter told Bloomberg BNA. “The Office of Advocacy was not listening to these folks, and they do not represent these folks. They were listening to the Waters Advocacy Coalition, a well-heeled collection of industry associations.”

Austin American-Statesman: With Perry in control of BP money, environmental groups stake claim

The federal rules “open the door to spending the money on projects that won’t help the Gulf — and could cause further degradation,” said Amanda Fuller, a policy specialist with the National Wildlife Federation, which is spearheading the coalition that sent the letter.

Delaware Online: Delaware emerging as a leader in urban wildlife habitat

“I’ve been in my new job for a few months now at the National Wildlife Federation. Crisscrossing the country, I’ve been inspired by the great conservation work underway.”

The Newark Post: Newark declared a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat

“This makes a statement that even though we’re living in a city, we can live in harmony with nature,” O’Mara said. “It engages the community and helps beautify the community.”