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Subject: NRDC's BioGems News, March 2008

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Saving Endangered Wild Places
NRDC's BIOGEMS NEWS
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/S7A5O2M1_qR0/

March 2008
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HELP PROTECT THE PATH OF THE PRONGHORN
Spring is here and the Grand Teton pronghorn herd is preparing
for its annual migration across Wyoming from the Upper Green
River Valley to Grand Teton National Park. The herd will make
its way through dense forests, rivers and mountains, following
the same winding path it has used for 6,000 years. Tens of
thousands of mule deer, elk, moose, and big-horned sheep also
rely on this migration route, but none travel as far as the
pronghorn -- some 300 miles roundtrip. Without this critical
pathway, the Grand Teton pronghorn herd would not survive. Over
the past decade, a dramatic surge in oil and gas drilling
activities, along with mounting real estate sprawl and fencing,
has rendered the route increasingly narrow and treacherous. But
the U.S. Forest Service is now proposing to protect the vital
stretch of the corridor under its management. With the Bush
administration poised to approve a plan to put thousands more
natural gas wells in the region, this Forest Service proposal is
an important first step to safeguarding the entire migration
route. Please speak out now and show your support for this
urgently needed action.

PROTECT PRONGHORN MIGRATION ROUTES: Tell the Forest Service to
designate a pronghorn migration corridor within the
Bridger-Teton National Forest and to permanently protect the
Path of the Pronghorn.
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/LpA5O2M1_qRY/

PATH OF THE PRONGHORN: Visit our new Path of the Pronghorn
feature for little-known facts about pronghorns and a map of the
Upper Green River Valley migration route.
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/L7A5O2M1_qRR/

NRDC FIGHTS TO KEEP DRILL RIGS OUT OF REDROCK WILDERNESS
NRDC has returned to court once again with our partner, the
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, to block oil and gas leasing
on wilderness-quality lands in Utah's redrock canyon country.
BioGems Defenders sent more than 48,000 messages last July
protesting the Bush administration's plan to allow drilling in
the spectacular White River wilderness, an important habitat for
pronghorn, elk, golden eagles, prairie falcons and cougars. But
despite overwhelming opposition, the Bush administration has
approved a scheme to transform these pristine lands into an
industrial maze of drill rigs, roads, pipelines and power lines.
We'll keep you updated on this courtroom battle for our redrock
heritage!

BIOGEMS DEFENDERS SPUR GROUNDBREAKING ENERGY STUDY IN CHILE
Our multi-faceted campaign to protect the majestic rivers,
wildlife and local communities of Chile's unspoiled Patagonia
region from a massive hydro-electric scheme -- involving five
dams and the world's longest transmission line -- has reached an
exciting new milestone. Last fall, BioGems Defenders sent nearly
50,000 messages urging Chilean officials to support an
unprecedented independent study of environmentally sound
alternatives -- including renewable energy and energy efficiency
-- for meeting that nation's electricity demand. Since then,
representatives of the country's top energy agencies have joined
the study's oversight committee, which also includes
representatives from the private sector and our environmental
partner groups. The study is due to be completed this Spring.

NRDC ESCALATES CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT GREAT NORTH WOODS
NRDC BioGems experts traveled to the backcountry of New York
State's Adirondack Park recently to appear at hearings and give
testimony opposing the development of a massive, year-round
luxury resort in the heart of this historic park. The resort
scheme calls for carving up some 6,400 forested acres of
wildlife habitat to make way for 700 second-home residential
units, ranging from multi-million-dollar "great camps" to
condominiums and townhouses. Also planned are an equestrian
center, a large ski lodge, a private marina and a members-only
boathouse club. The resulting soil erosion, stormwater runoff
and questionable sewage treatment plans could jeopardize the
water quality of the region's renowned lakes, rivers, marshes
and streams. Last year, more than 6,000 New York BioGems
Defenders spoke out against this scheme. We'll be calling on
activists in the region again soon to make their voices heard.

DEFENDING THE HOMEPLACE
For years, BioGems Defenders like you have fought successfully
to protect the famed forests of the southern Appalachians --
including the Cumberland Plateau BioGem -- from destructive
logging and development. Please take a moment to explore the
most recent edition of our "Firsthand" series: an evocative
personal memoir of the southern Appalachians by writer Patricia
Adams. Read it here:
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/z7A5O2M1_qRk/

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BioGems Update
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A big thank you to BioGems Defenders who sent more than 47,000
messages protesting destructive oil and gas drilling beneath
Colorado's Baca National Wildlife Refuge.

BioGems Defenders:
442,269

Action Messages Sent:
10,509,486

See the timeline of victories we've won at
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/L1A5O2M1_qRP/

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Do Even More . . .
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You can support NRDC's BioGems campaign to save these and other
threatened wild places. To donate, visit
http://www.nrdconline.org/ct/_1A5O2M1_qRT/

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