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Acebuches de El Rocio – Much more than ‘just’ wild olive trees

Originally posted on The Treeographer:
Tucked away just outside of Doñana Natural Park in Huelva, Spain, a small grove of wild olive trees has survived for centuries, even as the landscape around it underwent radical transformation. The Acebuches de El Rocio are a group of 15 ancient wild olive trees located in Plaza Acebuchal in the village of El Rocio. Wild olive trees (acebuches…

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FALSE STATEMENTS ARE A FEDERAL CRIME PUNISHABLE BY PRISON TIME BLM – RELEASES FALSE POPULATION STATISTICS FOR WILD HORSES AND BURROS

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
By Grandma Gregg “BLM states biologically and mathematically impossible annual wild horse population rates…” The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently posted their annual Wild Horse and Burro Herd Statistics and as usual, it is full of false statements. WHY is this so important? Because these are the figures that BLM…

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Lawsuits to Protect Migratory Birds

Originally posted on Natural History Wanderings:
Center for Biological Diversity News Release Lawsuits Seek to Restore Federal Protections for Migratory Birds WASHINGTON— A coalition of national environmental groups today filed litigation in the Southern District of New York challenging the Trump administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Groups filing the litigation — National Audubon Society v. Department of the Interior —included the American Bird Conservancy, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a legal opinion issued December 2017, the Trump administration abruptly reversed decades of government policy and practice — by both Democratic and Republican administrations — on the implementation and enforcement of the MBTA. The Act’s prohibition on the killing or “taking” of migratory birds has long been understood to extend to incidental take from industrial activities — meaning unintentional but predictable and avoidable killing. Under the Trump administration’s revised interpretation, the MBTA’s protections will apply only to activities that purposefully kill birds. Any “incidental” take — no matter how inevitable or devastating the impact on birds — is now immune from enforcement under the law. The risk of liability under the MBTA has long provided the oil and gas industry, wind energy development companies and power transmission line operators with an incentive to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize bird…

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Wild Horse Management Plan Would ‘Guarantee Extinction,’ Mustang Advocates Say

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
By Kristin Hugo as published on Newsweek photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed a series of options that would drastically reduce the number of mustangs on public lands. Some horse lovers think the plan would be too effective and wipe out the animals completely. The options include…

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