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Friday, March 20,2015

Perception shift Part III: Livestock to the rescue!

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Though the public and many institutions have a negative perception of livestock grazing, Richards said, the Rustici Symposium and UC Davis’ Rangeland and Watershed Laboratory are bucking the trend.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Livestock to the rescue!

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
explained, by breaking the soil crust; compacting the soil to improve germination; returning standing plant material to the soil through trampling; providing fertilizer; and cropping plants to keep them at optimum photosynthesis, which in turn improves soil health and stores carbon in the soil.

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Monday, March 9,2015

Perception shift: Livestock to the rescue

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Imagine walking into a room to find 300 people glued to their seats, fixated by a speaker with a microphone and a slideshow. Imagine these hundreds of people have come from four different countries and all over the U.S. Imagine them ranging from hipster naturalists to handlebar-mustached cowboys.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Horse slaughter: sin or service?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
What is the purpose of the horse? To do work for us? To feed us? To provide us companionship? Some might say it’s not for man to decide; the horse has a purpose of its own right, beyond human use or enjoyment. By that reasoning, the horse should be allowed to live in peace, unbridled and unfenced by mankind.

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Friday, February 13,2015

NRCS report: Sage-grouse Initiative successes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers’ conservation actions are going a long way to protect greater sage-grouse habitat, says a new report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Friday, February 6,2015

Forest Service's 'doublespeak' model on bighorn

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth may be impossible for the ordinary person, but not for the allpowerful federal government. In fact, in the dispute over domestic sheep and bighorn sheep sharing the range in the West, doublespeak seems to be the U.

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Friday, January 30,2015

New Congress calls for good government, transparency

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
T h i s congressional session, l a w - makers are asking the federal government to play by the same rules as the American people.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Mexican wolf standoff

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) won’t answer this question, but it has just expanded the area where the agency will release captive-bred wolves—from 700,000 to 8 million acres. It’s also expanded the area where wolves can be “translocated” (captured and moved) from 6,845 acres to 60 million acres.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Gunnison sage-grouse listing spurs litigation

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
To the courts we go! After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat, Colorado, Utah, and Gunnison County, CO, have all filed their notices of intent to sue.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Under the microscope: ESA peer reviews

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A new report shows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS) may need to take a course on scientific peer review. Peer review is where independent scientists try to find holes in other scientists’ work. It’s a vetting process, an effort to produce high quality science for important decisions, such as Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings.

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