You don't have to dig very deep into the ESA's 47 pages before you stumble upon this somewhat surprising passage. You might think that the first state purpose of the Endangered Species Act would be to preserve species. Lo and behold, it's the ecoystem that gets top billing:
No matter where you go in New Mexico, chances are there's a herd of cows nearby, grazing. And while good bit of that grazing is occurring on privately owned land, much of it is also taking place on federally or state owned land. Here Caren Cowan talks to the idea of why she thinks ranchers should not be shut out of public lands.
When you talk to Michael Robinson, there's no doubt, he's passionate about wolf recovery. Because he had so much to tell us, we've decided to share two more clips of his interview with you. In the first one, Michael tells us the story of the Mule Pack and their struggle to survive after being released from the captive breeding program in March of 2000. In the second clip, Michael delves in to the subject of politics and how he thinks they've swayed the folks at the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
AT Cole talks about restoring the rare cienega on his ranch, one of only a handful remaining in the Southwest.
One of my favorite quotes in reporting on this series came from Lucinda Cole. She and her husband, AT, are the owners of the ranch near Silver City where Randy Jennings took me looking for Chiracahua Leopard frogs.
When the Coles retired to this ranch, it was with the intention of restoring native habitat that could support endangered species like the Leopard frog and Gila topminnow. But they did not enter the scene naively:
Just like many of his fellow environmentalists, John Horning believes more Mexican Gray Wolves should be released from the captive breeding program, AND that they should be released directly into New Mexico. In this clip, Horning tells us why he thinks politics may be getting in the way of that agenda.
It's not surprising that when we hear from Steve Pearce in the Conservation Agreement story, he's talking about jobs. In this clip, we dive a little deeper into that sentiment, as he discusses potential consequences of an endangered species listing in the Permian Basin.
Voters in Wisconsin will decide Tuesday whether or not to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It's been one of the most expensive statewide races in American history, and the stakes in that election could have national implications, for unions, for deficit hawks, for businesses, even for President Obama's re-election.
The vote over whether to recall Walker is so important, it's drawn millions in outside money and some of the biggest political stars in the country. Now millions of dollars are flowing in, too.