26 04, 2024

Walcher: How to restore endangered species

2024-04-29T11:10:39-04:00April 26th, 2024|Environment, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A group called Environment Oregon is circulating a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to get on with it. Two years ago, the agency proposed reintroducing sea otters to the Oregon coast, concluding that reintroduction was not only [...]

2 02, 2024

Walcher: On pygmy rabbits and bumble bees

2024-02-09T12:01:25-05:00February 2nd, 2024|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel If I say the sky is purple and you say it’s blue, so I challenge you to prove it, what would you do? How do you prove something nobody has spent money studying because it’s never been questioned before? Are there [...]

22 12, 2023

Walcher: Most popular wolf names for 2023

2023-12-29T12:29:51-05:00December 22nd, 2023|Bad Science, ESA, Land use, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel The Social Security Administration, ever searching for important tasks, tracks the most popular new names for babies each year (Olivia and Liam, four years straight). Similarly, Rover.com tracks the most popular pet names (Luna and Max). But who is keeping track of the [...]

1 12, 2023

Walcher: Protecting valuable resources, again and again

2023-12-06T17:32:17-05:00December 1st, 2023|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel When Americans hear about a crisis, their instinct is to spring into action, to do something right away. Do whatever it takes, as Mayor Shinn in “The Music Man” says, “to prevent this dire happening from... uhm... happening.” What they don’t [...]

20 10, 2023

Walcher: Even walking now requires regulation

2023-10-24T11:50:31-04:00October 20th, 2023|"Climate Change", ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Most of us are unaware of the caliber of disaster caused by some member of the U.S. Popcorn Board revealing how another member voted in a popcorn referendum. But no worries. The Department of Agriculture is keenly aware and has made [...]

1 09, 2023

Walcher: California condors on Mount Garfield?

2023-09-05T11:34:08-04:00September 1st, 2023|Colorado, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Last week we mentioned the Biden administration’s “Investing in America Agenda,” and how the Interior Department is spending $44 million of its windfall share of the recent massive spending bills. It is ironic, to say the most, to call government spending [...]

11 08, 2023

Walcher: How much is an endangered fish worth?

2023-08-17T10:59:23-04:00August 11th, 2023|Bad Science, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Several years ago, I wrote about what I thought must be the world’s most valuable fish. It was not a collectable aquarium fish, though buyers will pay $1,000 for an orange and purple striped Candy Basslet, and $2,500 for a Wrought [...]

17 03, 2023

Walcher: How to unite a divided region

2023-03-21T14:19:49-04:00March 17th, 2023|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel With the departure of Club 20’s executive director, and the search for a new one, several observers openly wonder whether the organization can still accomplish what it became famous for, uniting the Western Slope to speak with one voice on important [...]

10 03, 2023

Walcher: Are we encroaching, or are they?

2023-03-15T11:19:56-04:00March 10th, 2023|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel A little girl was playing in the ocean with her family at Huntington Beach, California, when a coyote came charging across the sand and attacked, putting the little girl in the hospital. Another coyote went after a child on her home’s [...]

7 10, 2022

Walcher: Both sides have the same rule book

2022-10-10T14:48:55-04:00October 7th, 2022|California, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Last summer a federal judge in California vacated a series of Trump-era rules on enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It was a disappointment to many who had worked for years on several relatively modest reforms to make the cumbersome [...]

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