I’m still recovering my equilibrium from having received this in email a week ago:
Interior Department Removes Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves from Endangered Species List
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Public Affairs
4401 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
703 358 2128 Fax: 703 358 1930
Ed Bangs (406) 449-5225, x 204
Joan Jewett (503) 231-6211
Sharon Rose (303) 236-4580
Joshua Winchell (703) 358-2279
The gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains is thriving and no longer requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett announced today. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the species from the federal list of threatened and endangered species.
“The wolf population in the Northern Rockies has far exceeded its recovery goal and continues to expand its size and range. States, tribes, conservation groups, federal agencies and citizens of both regions can be proud of their roles in this remarkable conservation success story,” said Scarlett, noting that there are currently more than 1,500 wolves and at least 100 breeding pairs in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.
It goes on from there [PDF]. You can find out what actually happened here. Please consider donating to the groups fighting the delisting. I have spent the last week looking at those phone numbers in the head of the release posted above and wondering whether “how do you liars sleep at night” is, properly speaking, a request for more information.
Today, still reeling from the duplicity, I got the release I’ve tacked below the fold. It was delivered in a personal email. After I recovered from the usual unnerving sense that I had utterly failed to represent myself properly here if this person thought in any way that CRN would be a sympathetic venue, I got angry.
Why? Take a look at this 1962 photo of Labyrinth Canyon, by Phil Pennington:
Here’s another shot from that year of nearby Dungeon Canyon, by Sarah Moench:
I got them from the Glen Canyon Institute site. There are plenty more like them in the gallery there.
Wanna go there now? Me too. Can’t. This is what it looks like now.
It won’t look like that for long, mind: study after study shows that the Colorado River, already oversubscribed by water consumers, is going to pretty much run dry in the next 12 years or so, and Lake Powell will shrink to reveal a transformed and damaged but still beautiful Glen Canyon.
So the press release below the fold is not only destructive but futile, a last gasp of the yahoos who can’t imagine going to the desert without the jet skis and the DVD player. Scratch that: they don’t even want to go to the desert. They want the desert to go away so that they can go where the desert was. And those who stand to scrape another season or two of profit out of the desecration put out “things are great come see our wonderful recreational opportunities!!!1!” press releases.
Liars. Evil, destructive, myopic liars.
For more on the Castle Rock Cut described in the release, see this.