Yellowstone National Park Needs Your Protection
by Rick Lamplugh, author and wildlands advocate
A Washington-based mining company (backed with Australian money) wants to dig a gold mine right on the border of Yellowstone. Locals and a number of conservation organizations have fought this for over a year. Recently, Montana’s Senator Tester introduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act that would permanently protect from mining 30,000 acres of public lands north of the park. This bill would stop the proposed mine on Yellowstone’s border and halt the proposed mining in nearby Paradise Valley. Tester’s bill is supported by 360 local businesses, local lawmakers, and the county commissioners. But Montana’s other Senator, Steve Daines, has been wishy-washy about his support. Tester’s bill needs Daines’ support to pass.
If you live in Montana, please call Senator Daines (202-224-2651) or email him (https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve) today. Tell him to help move Tester’s Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act out of committee so it has a chance to pass by the end of this year. Tell Senator Daines that he does not need to write his own bill; Senator Tester’s will work just fine.
Thank you, Rick, for bringing this important legislation to the forefront in fighting for the preservation of land and animals in and near Yellowstone. Wolfdog Radio supports Senator Tester’s Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act.
Indie author Rick Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands. His new book, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, is available signed from Rick at http://bit.ly/2tIEt62, or unsigned on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tgPU3E. His best seller, In the Temple of Wolves, is available signed at http://bit.ly/1gYghB4, or unsigned on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Jpea9Q. Both books are independently published with pride.
The Photo above is of Cattle Grazing in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico in part of what is known as the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Recovery Zone.—Locals call it the Yellowstone of the South because of the diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery.
An invasive species is here also —Cattle —when you get cattle and wolves together they mix like oil and vinegar—they are not meant to be with each other.
It is a big problem and in 2014 Wildearth Guardians from New Mexico launched a buy out program where they would get donors to contribute to raise money to buy back grazing allotments from the ranchers and the U.S. Forest Service.
These cattle are part of one ranchers herd of 200 or so who graze on two public lease land allotments totaling , 28,000 acres right smack in the middle of three known packs of Mexican Gray Wolves. But back in 2014 this rancher was working with wildearth guardians so they could ” buy him out “— the rancher stated he was tired of losing his calves. This man is really a small rancher compared to a lot of others in the west and it is the small ranchers through research I have found that work with advocacy groups to try to co-exist with wolves , in the case of this rancher , he stated that he used non lethal means to keep wolves at bay , but being a small rancher , he suffers more heavily than the big corporate ranchers so I believe this is why he wanted out .
Wildearth guardians had trouble lining up sponsors for donations for this buy out program because many along with wildearth guardians did not trust the U.S. Forest Service to uphold the leases that would be bought out to prohibit any more grazing on these allotments. So you see , there are many things going on all over where wolves live that many do not hear about and of the ones that I have read about —these individual ideas and battles always lead back to the state governments , but mainly our federal government .
We have to have the Taylor grazing act amended to favor Endangered Species like the wolf—-and maybe a law passed that would force the U.S. Forest Service to allow these kind of Buy Out options to proceed and be implemented.
The link to this article from Warrior for the Wolf is below.
Nobility, class, respect…….this is truly what it means to have the heart of a wolf…..
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