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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Self Description

September 2002: "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2010: "The Harris Neck Land Trust, formed by the former residents, their descendants and a handful of white families who owned land but did not live on Harris Neck, is asking Congress to return the land. The Fish and Wildlife Service maintains that the land is a crucial part of the national refuge system."

May 2010: "Douglas Zimmer, a spokesman for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, said the agency simply did not have the staff to handle all the animals affected by the oil spill. BP has more resources to hire workers quickly, he said, and letting local organizations handle the birds would have been impractical and costly."

November 2008: "Bush Sin 4: Abandoned endangered species Not once during the Bush administration has the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service voluntarily sought to list a species as endangered or threatened, offering it more protections. All the high-profile listings, such as polar bears, have come about after the government has been sued or petitioned by environmental groups and citizens."

July 2008: "SAN FRANCISCO — The federal Fish and Wildlife Service this week underscored the imminent threat of extinction facing the delta smelt, a two-inch-long fish native to the Sacramento River delta, when it announced it was considering whether to declare the fish endangered."

November 2007: "Mr. Vickery at Interior counters that environmental groups won't talk about the tangle of lawsuits they've brought, and how those, combined with limited budgets and manpower at the department's US Fish and Wildlife Service, have slowed the agency's ability to get species listed and critical habitat designated."

October 2007: Six separate peer reviews, five of them funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all suggest that the agency's revised plan downplayed the importance of protecting old-growth forest in the plan to manage a species that ranges from the Canadian border in Washington state to Northern California.


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Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Interior Department/Department of the Interior (DOI) Organization May 6, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Sen. Martin Heinrich Person Jan 18, 2014

Articles and Resources

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Jun 30, 2010 Black Landowners Fight to Reclaim Georgia Home

QUOTE: n 1942, Harris Neck, a thriving community of black landowners who hunted, farmed and gathered oysters, was taken by the federal government to build an airstrip. Now, the elders — who remember barefoot childhoods spent climbing trees and waking to watch the Canada geese depart in formation — want to know why they cannot have it back.

New York Times
May 20, 2010 Conflict of Interest Worries Raised in Spill Tests

QUOTE: Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, since those readings [taken by local environmental officials--Ed.] will be used by the federal government and courts to establish liability claims against BP. But the laboratory that officials have chosen to process virtually all of the samples is part of an oil and gas services company in Texas that counts oil firms, including BP, among its biggest clients.

New York Times
Sep 21, 2009 Bald eagle case raises issue of religious liberty: Charged with killing a bald eagle, a Native American faces a 'losing battle' against a law that he says limits practice of his religion.

QUOTE: Once endangered, the bald eagle has rebounded in recent decades but remains under the protection of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The law provides an exception for Native Americans who want eagles for ceremonies... But many tribes eschew both options, saying the former can take years and yield unsuitable specimens.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 25, 2009 Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger (Green)

QUOTE: Drinking water containing a common herbicide could pose a greater public health risk than previously thought because regular municipal monitoring doesn't detect frequent spikes in the chemical's levels...

Washington Post
Aug 06, 2009 New Battle on Vieques, Over Navy’s Cleanup of Munitions

QUOTE: But what could have been a healing process has been marred by lingering mistrust. As the Navy moves to erase a bitter vestige of its long presence here [Vieques, Puerto Rico], residents assert that it is simply exposing them again to risk.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2009 U.S. Energy Corridors Could Disrupt Climate Change Research

QUOTE: On Tuesday, fourteen conservation groups and a Colorado county sued the federal government, alleging that it violated environmental, property and energy laws in designating "energy corridors" along 6,000 miles (9,650 kilometers) of public land and wilderness areas in the U.S. West.

Scientific American
Jul 09, 2009 Plan to restore rare trout sparks protests

QUOTE: The [trout restoration] plan calls for the poison rotenone to be used along 11 miles of Silver King Creek, its tributaries and Tamarack Lake Creek.

Jun 29, 2009 Saving Species No Longer a Beauty Contest: Homely Creatures Receiving More Help

QUOTE: [endangered species] funding is supposed to be parceled out to those [endangered species] most at risk, and species at the center of legal fights. But budget data show the beautiful and the edible are still coming out on top. The top 50 best-funded species include salmon, trout, sea turtles, eagles, bears -- and just one insect and no plants.

Washington Post
Nov 08, 2008 Bush’s seven deadly environmental sins: How Bush made a mockery of the nation’s environmental laws and values -- and what Obama must do to get us back on track.

QUOTE: It hardly bears repeating that George W. Bush's record on the environment makes his own father look like Teddy Roosevelt by comparison. By taking environmental policymaking away from scientists, and turning it over to industry cronies, Bush has made a mockery of the nation's environmental laws and values.

Jul 11, 2008 Fish Affect California Water Supply

QUOTE: The federal Fish and Wildlife Service this week underscored the imminent threat of extinction facing the delta smelt, a two-inch-long fish native to the Sacramento River delta, when it announced it was considering whether to declare the fish endangered. California is in a quandary because two-thirds of its residents get water through the pumps that have been killing large numbers of smelt. This year, for the first time, a federal judge’s order kept state and federal water agencies from collecting their usual part of the river water flowing from melting snow from the Sierra Nevada. Water users from the Bay Area to San Diego were affected by the resulting reductions of 20 percent to 30 percent.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 Politics undercut species act, suits say: In a twist, an Interior Department investigation provides much of the grist for the legal action.

QUOTE: The Bush administration is no stranger to being sued under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But in a tack that could signal a major new legal challenge, last week's suits mark one of the few times Interior Department officials have been sued not merely for bureaucratic foot-dragging, but because of deliberate political interference with the ESA, observers say.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 03, 2007 Scientists See Politics in Spotted Owl Plan

QUOTE: Six separate peer reviews, five of them funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, all suggest that the agency's revised plan downplayed the importance of protecting old-growth forest in the plan to manage a species that ranges from the Canadian border in Washington state to Northern California.

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2007 Controversy erupts over Endangered Species Act: Congress and the Interior Department investigate whether the Bush administration undermined federal protections.

QUOTE: the US Interior Department is reviewing the scientific integrity of decisions under the law made by a political appointee, who recently resigned under fire. At the same time, Congress is investigating evidence that Vice President Dick Cheney interfered with decisions involving water in California and Oregon...

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 23, 2007 In Alaska, a Road Marked With Controversy

QUOTE: proponents say isolated native Alaskans...could die for lack of emergency medical care if federal officials do not allow the road to be built .... But environmentalists say the road would wreak havoc with the heart of one of the most fertile wildlife breeding and feeding sites in the nation...

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2007 U.S. Agency May Reverse 8 Decisions on Wildlife

QUOTE: The Interior Department said Friday that it would review and probably overturn eight decisions on wildlife and land-use issues made by a senior political appointee who has been found to have improperly favored industry and landowners over agency scientists.

New York Times
Mar 29, 2007 Report Says Interior Official Overrode Work of Scientists

QUOTE: In recent years, agency lawyers reported, 75 percent of the Western offices’ findings on endangered-species status reviews and critical-habitat determinations were sent to Washington without any assurance from career lawyers and biologists that they were valid. Court challenges from both industry and environmentalists are a regular occurrence at the fish and wildlife agency. Making decisions that are vulnerable increases the risk that time-consuming, labor-intensive scientific and regulatory work must be redone

New York Times
Mar 15, 2007 Idahoans eager to thin resurgent gray wolf packs

QUOTE: Taking gray wolves off the list would clear the way for legal hunting for the first time since they were eradicated in the West, mainly through deliberate poisoning, in the early 1900s. Idaho wants to reduce its 600 or more wolves by as much as 75%.

Aug 22, 2006 New outlaws plague Arizona desert refuges

QUOTE: Aggressive crackdowns along the border in recent years in places such as San Diego and El Paso have pushed illegal immigrants and drug smugglers into remote desert areas in southern Arizona...employees...are dealing more with the effects of illegal immigration, instead of protecting wildlife and helping visitors.

Aug 03, 2006 Tribes Call for Removal of Dams That Block Journey of Salmon

QUOTE: Indian tribes along the Klamath River rallied in Portland on Wednesday for the removal of four hydroelectric dams that block salmon from spawning in their historic habitat upriver, and they said they intended to pressure the governors of Oregon and California to help push for removing the dams.

New York Times
Apr 26, 2006 Stolen from US history: its artifacts: Looters are taking mementos and other valuable relics at the rate of $500 million a year.

QUOTE: , US officials say the brazen looting of ancient native-American artifacts, Civil War mementos, and other valuable relics is reaching epidemic proportions. In any given year, cultural thieves make off with $500 million in relics...

Christian Science Monitor

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