For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear’s population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal’s status to the state level.

The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published “in coming days” and “will take effect 30 days after publication.”

“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

Since those federal protections were instituted in 1975, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population has climbed from 136 to roughly 700, according to the National Park Service. The NPS says the bears — which generally roam in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho — “have gradually expanded their occupied habitat by more than 50%.”

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

Photo: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

  • A final ruling by U.S. government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700, according to the Associated Press.
  • The process to remove the Yellowstone grizzly bears’ designation as a threatened species began in 2016 under the administration of then-President Barack Obama.
  • Yellowstone grizzly bears have been on the U.S. Endangered Species list for more than 40 years, after its population initially declined to fewer than 150. Read more (6/23/17)

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The Olympic National Park is located northwest of Washington State; the diversity in the park is spectacular. Within the park are three ecosystems from the wild and mostly foggy pacific coastline to the snow covered alpine peaks of the Olympic Mountains with its fabulous wild flower meadows to the temperate rain forests with its lush and green moss covered conifer trees and wildlife. We started our trip in Forks Wa near the Hoh Rainforest the idea of having a rainforest in the US that far north is something you would never expect. It is one of the world’s largest stands of virgin temperate rainforest, and includes many of the largest coniferous tree species on earth. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of four rain forests on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Trees by Alan
Via Flickr:
I like the trees lit up in the distance.. shame about the soft focus ( my way of avoiding saying out of focus ) on the standing stones. Castlerigg Stone Circle.

personal note

I am going back to the country for a few days to see my family and get my dog so I won’t be posting art till I get back. :D I’ll still prob be active digital art at least!!

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Moraine Lake 2009 04 – Banff National Park, Alberta, Canadian Rockies, September, 2009

We do not do what we do to achieve some goal.
We do what we do to serve our purpose,
our values,
our principles,
our character.
We do what we do to be who we are
whether it does “any good” or not.
We do not care what our outcomes are,
or may be.
We care who we are
and how that is to be best incarnated
in the time and place of our living–
in each situation as it arises–
all our life long.
We live to be who we are
here and now!
That is our motivation and our goal.
We are the purpose of our living.
We live to be ourselves,
to express ourselves,
and become ourselves
in the effort we make
to identify, understand, and be who only we can be
in the life we are living,
in the times in which we live.
In order to pull this off,
we require the right blend,
the right balance,
the right mix
of solitude and socialization,
of engagement and disengagement,
of experience and reflection on experience,
of silence and conversation.
My bet is that most of us
are under-nourished
on the quiet side of the equation,
and just want someone
to turn up the music
most of the time
to make our mind
quit making us crazy.
To give us some goal,
so that we don’t have to know
who we are,
or hear ourselves think.

I honestly don’t have the words to coherently express how all this bullshit makes me feel so here’s a bunch of pictures that get the message across and commentary from some guy I don’t know but have seen around my neighborhood at farmers markets, etc., reminding the Feds that Washington, DC is not their plantation anymore when they tried to arrest local teenagers for doing something both children and adults have been doing on unusually hot days in DC for decades without incident.

Anything is possible if you take 2 minutes to give a $h1t!

The District hosts National Park Service sites throughout the city - large parks like Lincoln and Stanton Park, as well as small parks as the myriad of pocket parks in residential neighborhoods. I observe any number of lemonade stands in these areas by neighborhood children. Should I warn their parents that the children are likely to be handcuffed and searched without proper permits in hand?

               ↪️ Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

A post shared by Christine Clark (@plasmid203) on Sep 1, 2013 at 7:50am PDT

The actions and images speak beyond this on incident.  They are a reflection of who we are and the values we share. And I don’t believe the image of young African-American men handcuffed on the ground for selling bottled water is a reflection of my city…  I do not believe yesterday’s actions were warranted whether or not the children were being charged… We should be making every effort to divert young people from the juvenile justice system and improve their relationships with law enforcement.

I would appreciate demand your response in reviewing yesterday’s events.

   ↪️ Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen   ⬇️⬇️⬇️

A post shared by Christine Clark (@plasmid203) on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:39am PDT


Magic Circle. by Alan
Via Flickr:
Castlerigg Stone Circle.