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Help protect Wyoming's last unspoiled wildlands

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If the Bush administration gets its way, Wyoming's spectacular Fortification Creek Area will soon be sacrificed to a massive drilling scheme.

We need your immediate action to halt this destructive plan in its tracks. The deadline for submitting comments on the plan is October 7!

Please go to: http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this proposal, which would allow as many as 600 coalbed methane wells in the heart of Wyoming's remaining wildlands.

The Fortification Creek Area - containing over 42,000 acres of public wildlands - represents the last pristine oasis in Wyoming's Powder River Basin, which is already blanketed by coalbed methane wells.

Most importantly, the Fortification Creek region provides critical winter range and calving grounds for an isolated prairie elk herd of only 230 animals. If adopted, the Bush administration's plan has the potential to decimate the entire elk population.

The Fortification Creek Area is also home to pronghorn, bobcats, mountain lions, and over 200 species of migratory birds. Opening these lands to gas drilling would spoil a pristine water source for wildlife, cause irreversible soil and vegetation damage, and destroy outdoor recreational opportunities.

Please go to: http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and urge Bush administration officials to protect Wyoming's Fortification Creek

Help protect Utah's spectacular Nine Mile Canyon

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If the Bush administration and a Denver-based natural gas company get their way, Utah's remarkable Nine Mile Canyon may soon be transformed into a massive industrial zone.

We need your immediate action to halt this destructive scheme in its tracks. The deadline for submitting comments on the plan is May 1!

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/redrock/takeaction right away and tell the Bureau of Land Management to reject this disastrous proposal, which would put more than 800 new natural gas wells in the Greater Nine Mile Canyon area - home to the greatest concentration of rock art sites in America.

The BLM has just released a study that grossly underestimates the impacts of proposed natural gas development on the region's irreplaceable cultural and natural values.

The plan calls for drilling non-federal wells in Nine Mile Canyon itself, along with dozens if not hundreds of wells in side canyons and other public wildlands now being considered for designation as a national historic district.

Nearly 200 wells would be drilled in the remarkable wilderness-quality lands of the Desolation and Jack canyons.

As a result of existing natural gas drilling in the Nine Mile Canyon region, compressor stations already run nonstop and dozens if not hundreds of heavy trucks hustle up and down the canyon around the clock.

Yet despite the serious threat of expanding these activities into the Desolation and Jack Canyon wildlands, the Bureau of Land Management has failed to propose protection for them as "wilderness study areas."

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/redrock/takeaction and urge Bush administration officials to protect the natural and cultural values of Nine Mile Canyon.

Thank you for taking action to safeguard this vital stretch of America's Redrock Wilderness.

Help Block Dirty Fuels in Western Wildlands

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The Bush administration wants to sacrifice some of the wildest regions of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to produce fuel from two of the most polluting sources: oil shale and tar sands.

This proposed development - spanning an area of more than two million acres of wildlife habitat and outstanding recreation areas across three states - could pollute air and water, jeopardize human health and dramatically worsen global warming.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and tell the Bush administration to protect these sensitive wild lands for future generations and promote cleaner sources of energy instead.

Oil shale is rock that produces oil when heated to extreme temperatures. Tar sands contain extremely heavy oil mixed with sand and clay. Tar sands development in Canada has displaced wildlife, created toxic waste sites that go on for miles and generated three times the amount of global warming pollution per barrel produced as conventional fuel.

We must act now to shield our own western wild lands from this nightmare scenario. Oil shale and tar sands development could release dangerous toxic elements such as arsenic, selenium, and boron into the Colorado River watershed - a vital source of drinking water for local communities.

This area is also home to mule deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears, bald eagles and great horned owls and offers exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.

Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and tell the Bush administration to put the brakes on dirty oil shale and tar sands development in America's West.

Thank you for helping to save our last western wildlife habitats from destructive development.

Help block drilling in a Colorado wildlife refuge

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The Bush administration is poised to allow two giant energy companies to drill exploratory oil and gas wells up to 14,000 feet beneath Colorado's spectacular Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

Last year, BioGems Defenders and other NRDC online activists sent more than 48,000 messages protesting this destructive drilling scheme. Despite this outcry, the Bush administration is moving forward with the plan, which could pave the way for massive industrialization of the Baca Refuge. 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and tell the Bush administration to halt the Baca oil and gas project until a thorough study of its potentially devastating environmental impacts is carried out.

The Baca refuge is an important calving ground for deer and elk and provides a natural sanctuary for imperiled wildlife,
including the ferruginous hawk, the threatened burrowing owl, the greater and lesser sandhill crane and the Rio Grande sucker, an endangered fish. Over 4,000 elk depend on the area for critical winter habitat and calving grounds to shelter newborns.

Thousands of migrating birds visit the refuge each spring and fall, and hundreds of ancient Native American artifacts lie
buried under ancient layers of sand. World-class archeological sites dating back some 11,500 years have been found nearby.

The proposed drilling project threatens to transform this irreplaceable wildland into an industrial zone - contaminating
air, land and waterways and unleashing a barrage of drilling-related traffic and noise. Even the adjacent Great Sand
Dunes National Park could be at risk. 

Energy companies currently own the rights to oil and gas reserves beneath the refuge. But the Bush administration has the authority to block reckless and destructive industrialization on these lands.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and demand that the Bush administration protect the Baca
National Wildlife Refuge from the far-reaching impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Thank you for helping to protect our last remaining Rocky Mountain wildlife habitats.

Help Protect the Polar Bears!

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The next few weeks may well be our single best chance to stave off an unthinkable future: a world without polar bears.

To avert that tragedy, NRDC must be fully prepared - in the midst of this holiday season - to launch swift courtroom action on behalf of this imperiled species.

That's why we're asking you to make an instant holiday donation - because the next 19 days are critical to the polar bear's very survival: http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/a1AN6491fu9x/

Any day now, the Bush Administration will make its final decision about whether to protect the bear and its critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

No matter what the Administration decides, NRDC must be ready to fight a major legal battle:

If the Administration says NO to polar bear protection, then NRDC will immediately challenge that disastrous decision in federal court.

But even if the Administration says YES to polar bear protection, their decision will almost certainly fail to safeguard the bear's "critical habitat" against the global warming pollution that is destroying it. That means NRDC will have to fight in court to win those safeguards for the polar bear's habitat.

I'm sure you'll agree - with the future of polar bears in the hands of the anti-wildlife Bush Administration, we must be ready to respond instantly during this holiday season.

So please, click here to make your tax-deductible holiday donation right now so NRDC can take immediate courtroom action for the sake of polar bear survival: http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/a1AN6491fu9x/

We're counting on your swift and generous support - because delay could be fatal to the polar bear.

With your help, NRDC will be working through the holidays to give the polar bear a fighting chance against extinction.

Help Stop Mining Pollution in Wild Idaho Forest

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The Bush administration is poised to approve the expansion of a polluting phosphate mine in southeast Idaho that would seriously jeopardize some of the state's most renowned wildlife and trout streams.  The Smoky Canyon Mine is already listed as a Superfund site for releasing hazardous amounts of toxic selenium into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. With no cleanup effort underway, we need your urgent action to protect the extraordinary wildlife and pristine forests of this region from a renewed onslaught of pollution.

Click here right now and urge the Bush administration to prohibit the proposed 1,300-acre expansion of the Smoky Canyon Mine.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is home to some of the most biologically diverse wildlands in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

The celebrated forests and streams of this region provide a refuge for lynx, moose, elk, mule deer and other wildlife, as well as two species of native cutthroat trout. Anglers, hikers and other recreationalists flock to this area from nearby communities and from across the country.

If the Smoky Canyon Mine is expanded, even greater quantities of toxic selenium will flow into the aquifers and streams of the Sage Creek Roadless Area and other pristine forestlands - threatening fish and wildlife, water quality and potentially human health.

Click here and tell the Bush administration to reject this disastrous scheme and instead require the mine's owners to clean up the existing selenium contamination.

Help Protect Arctic Breeding Ground

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The Bush administration is renewing its attempt to sacrifice the fragile Teshekpuk Lake region of Alaska's Western Arctic Reserve to oil and gas drilling.

 

NRDC needs your immediate help to block this assault, which would allow drilling in one of the most sensitive and important Arctic wildlife habitats as early as next summer.

 

Go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 right away and tell the Bush administration to safeguard the entire Teshekpuk Lake region - an area protected by four previous administrations due to its extraordinary importance to wildlife.

 

Eight-seven percent of the northeastern portion of the Western Arctic Reserve has already been handed over to the oil industry.

 

Nevertheless, the Bush administration announced a plan two years ago to lease every last acre of the fragile Teshekpuk Lake area - defying more than 200,000 citizen comments, warnings from biologists and wildlife managers and objections from Alaska Natives on the North Slope.

 

In response, NRDC and our partners went to court and won a temporary injunction that halted the lease sale just days before it was due to take place. In the wake of that legal setback, the Bush administration conducted an additional review of the environmental impacts of oil and gas development, but has now resumed its push for leasing.

 

Thanks to our courtroom victory, the Bush administration must seek public comment before moving forward with its latest proposal to sacrifice the calving grounds of the 45,000-animal Teshekpuk Lake caribou herd. This region also provides a refuge for tens of thousands of molting geese and threatened birds like the spectacled eider and yellow-billed loon.

 

Please go to http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/biogems_westernarctic_0711 and speak out in defense of this priceless wildlife sanctuary.

 

Thank you for helping to protect America's Arctic from reckless industrialization.

Help block drilling in Colorado wildlife refuge

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Two giant energy companies are pushing to drill exploratory oil and gas wells up to 14,000 feet beneath Colorado's spectacular Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

Two giant energy companies are pushing to drill exploratory oil and gas wells up to 14,000 feet beneath Colorado's spectacular Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

We need your immediate action to block this destructive drilling scheme, which could pave the way for massive industrialization of this natural treasure.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to halt the Baca oil and gas project until a thorough study of its potentially devastating environmental impacts is carried out.

The Baca refuge is an important calving ground for deer and elk and provides a natural sanctuary to threatened or endangered wildlife, including the bald eagle, greater sandhill crane and mountain plover. World-class archeological sites dating back some 11,500 years have been found nearby.

The proposed drilling project threatens to transform this irreplaceable wildland into an industrial zone of drill pads and roads - contaminating air, land and waterways and unleashing a barrage of drilling-related traffic and noise. Even the adjacent Great Sand Dunes National Park could be at risk.

Energy companies currently own the rights to any oil and gas reserves beneath the refuge. But the Bush administration has the authority to block reckless and destructive industrialization on these lands.

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction and demand that the Fish and Wildlife Service protect the Baca National Wildlife Refuge from the far-reaching impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Thank you for helping to protect our last remaining Rocky Mountain wildlife habitats.

Help Save Alaska's Tongass National Forest

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We need your urgent action to make sure that Congress stands firm against taxpayer subsidies for destroying America's greatest temperate rainforest.

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction right now and tell your senators and representative to protect the Tongass, a thriving habitat for grizzly bears, salmon runs, bald eagles and the elusive Alexander Archipelago wolf.

 

Thanks to pressure from you and other online activists, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in June to halt taxpayer subsidies for destructive new logging roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

 

But Alaska's senior senator, Ted Stevens, is now working feverishly behind closed doors to make sure that this long-overdue legislation never sees the light of day. And he's drafting his own, underhanded, amendment to restrict sharply the public's ability to halt wasteful and devastating Tongass logging in court.

Over the last 25 years, more than 1 billion taxpayer dollars have been spent to clearcut and build roads through this irreplaceable BioGem.

 

NRDC activists like you have spoken out again and again against these wasteful handouts, which have enabled timber companies to expand their reach into the unspoiled heart of America's rainforest.

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/tongass/takeaction and demand that House and Senate negotiators stand up to Senator Stevens and his destructive logging-road subsidies in the Tongass!

 

Thank you for helping to defend this priceless rainforest refuge for imperiled Alaskan wildlife.

Help block Power Plant on Navajo Lands

Northwestern New Mexico- for the Grateful Web

Please speak out now against plans for a dirty, coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that would release mercury and other toxic contaminants into the environment, pollute waterways and threaten human health.

Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bush administration to reject the proposed Desert Rock power plant.

A global energy company and the Dine Power Authority want to build the plant on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico.

The Four Corners region is already home to two of the most polluting power plants in the country. If we don't act now, this area could soon be besieged by a new wave of environmental hazards.

In addition to mercury, the proposed Desert Rock plant would increase emissions of soot and soot-forming pollutants, which can cause asthma attacks, heart disease and other health problems.

Furthermore, the Navajo Nation would receive less than five percent of the projected electricity output from Desert Rock, even though many Navajo people still have no electricity in their homes. Most of the power would likely be exported to Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Last month, NRDC Members and online activists turned out at public hearings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to oppose the Desert Rock plant, which would significantly increase global warming pollution in New Mexico at a time when states should be working to curb these dangerous emissions.

Please add your voice to this outcry. Go to http://www.savebiogems.org/yellowstone/takeaction right away and tell the Bush administration to reject the proposed Desert Rock power plant and instead develop new initiatives that focus on energy efficiency and clean, renewable
energy solutions.

Thank you for helping to protect the environment of New Mexico and the Four Corners region.