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22 04, 2021

Walcher: What would Harry say?

2021-04-26T14:53:44-04:00April 22nd, 2021|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel I couldn’t help thinking about my friend, the late Harry Talbott, this week when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) designated nearly 300,000 acres as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. Harry was a conservation icon, not only because of [...]

22 01, 2021

Walcher: One good tern deserves another

2021-01-25T10:59:28-05:00January 22nd, 2021|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel The interior least tern almost disappeared from the landscape by the time it was added to the federal endangered species list in 1985. One reason was that they don’t hide their nests, but foolishly build them right out on open beaches, [...]

20 11, 2020

Walcher: Killing owls to save them

2020-11-23T11:30:20-05:00November 20th, 2020|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel When is natural evolution acceptable? Should we generally let nature take its course, or stage an intervention? Apparently, one’s answer depends on one’s political agenda. When Northern gray wolves migrate into Rocky Mountain wolves’ turf, that’s OK, nature taking its course. [...]

15 10, 2020

Walcher: Aren’t they all the same?

2020-10-19T10:56:53-04:00October 15th, 2020|Colorado, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel In 1998 the government added “Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse” to the endangered species list, a decision that has cost Front Range communities millions. The state argued that this “subspecies” is no different than ordinary field mice everywhere. A respected geneticist at [...]

28 05, 2020

Walcher: Restoring what never was

2020-06-01T11:19:10-04:00May 28th, 2020|Colorado, ESA, Forest Management, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel One of the great objectives of conservation is to restore a more natural condition to our environment, to erase the ravages of mankind’s mistakes, and put things back the way they were. I am a strong advocate for environmental restoration, and [...]

14 05, 2020

Walcher: Spotting the spotted owl

2020-05-18T12:11:23-04:00May 14th, 2020|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of the dusky gopher frog in 2018, it attracted press coverage around the world, because of two details that fascinated observers everywhere. One was the frog itself, a cute little thing smaller than [...]

7 05, 2020

Walcher: When a deal is not a deal

2020-05-11T11:26:48-04:00May 7th, 2020|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow As appearing in the Daily Sentinel Most of us grew up in a time when a person’s word was his bond, and deal was a deal. That’s still mostly true today, but not always. Some situations are more complicated, but shouldn’t be. In our “modern” era, a [...]

5 10, 2019

Walcher: Grinch won’t steal his own Christmas

2019-10-21T11:45:56-04:00October 5th, 2019|ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow Greg Walcher As appearing in The Daily Sentinel In the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic, when the Grinch steals everything needed for the Who-ville Christmas celebration, the final insult is the tree. "And he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee, and now, grinned the Grinch, I'll stuff [...]

16 08, 2019

Walcher: The world is our oyster

2019-08-22T11:53:02-04:00August 16th, 2019|Conflict of Interest, Environment, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Consensus on natural resources issues is elusive, often because the real agenda is not agreed upon. For me, there have been a number of "ah-ha moments," a realization that there are hidden agendas in play. Many of those moments have come during debates [...]

2 08, 2019

Walcher: Another billion dollars should do it

2019-08-06T10:53:02-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Environment, ESA, Media Coverage, Walcher|

by Greg Walcher, Senior Policy Fellow As Appearing in The Daily Sentinel Folks who worry about the loss of threatened and endangered species should be relieved to know that Congress is finally considering an entirely new approach — creating a new federal fund, and a new committee. A bipartisan group led by Reps. Debbie Dingell [...]

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