More from the Greenies

I received this from the AMA D37 mail list. The Greenies are trying to use some obscure butterfly species as an excuse to close down a dune area and they are criticizing the BLM for not being too quick to listen to them. Another abuse of the Endangered Species Act. Whatever happened to survival of the fittest? I understand protecting certain animals from extinction, particularly when they are an important part of the food chain, but a butterfly? What possible consequence to mankind would there be from the loss of one subclass of insect? Assuming, of course, that the truth is that this particular butterfly really isn't found anywhere else. Even if that's true, maybe there's a reason for that and it has nothing to do with off-roaders.

Subject: BLM 'Pandering' to off-roaders?

Group sues to protect rare butterfly

Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 1:40 p.m. EST (18:40 GMT)

RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Conservationists sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service on Thursday seeking protection for a rare butterfly they say is

threatened by off-road vehicles at one of the largest sand dunes in the


Environmentalists want the agency to declare the Sand Mountain blue

butterfly an endangered species because, they say, its habitat is being

destroyed at the only place it is known to live -- the Sand Mountain

Recreation Area in western Nevada.

The Bureau of Land Management controls activities at the dune, which is 600

feet tall and stretches for two miles. It attracts an estimated 50,000

off-roaders annually on motorcycles, dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Sacramento, California, accuses the

agency of violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to respond to

petitions since April 2004 seeking federal protection for the butterfly. The

act requires the government to provide a preliminary response to such

petitions within 90 days and often again within a year.

Plaintiffs accuse the Bureau of Land Management of pandering to off-roaders.

"It's a stall tactic coming out of hostile politics in Washington," said

Daniel Patterson, a desert ecologist for Arizona's Center for Biological

Diversity, which is suing along with the Nevada Outdoor Recreation

Association and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Bob Williams, Nevada supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Service, blamed

lack of money for the agency's inaction.

"We only get a certain amount of money a year to do listing findings,"

Williams said. Most of it was spent on sage grouse and pygmy rabbit reviews

in the past two years, he said.

The Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to spend about $35,000 on a 90-day

review -- probably beginning in June -- to determine whether there is enough

evidence to warrant a full, yearlong review of the butterfly, Williams said.

"We do know the butterfly is there, and we haven't been able to find it at

any other location," he said.

The butterfly depends on a unique shrub, the Kearney buckwheat, which covers

about 1,000 of the recreation area's 4,795 acres. It is found nowhere else.

The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management have been

working with local groups to save the butterfly without necessarily listing

it as endangered. Tentative plans call for more signs designating approved

travel routes, fencing to protect the habitat and additional law


Many off-roaders oppose a federal listing.

"If it did become listed, no telling what type of restrictions they could do

out there," said Richard Hilton of Reno, a board member of the Friends of

Sand Mountain, a group composed primarily of off-road enthusiasts.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

The more of this that I see the more unbelievable it becomes. :thumbsup:

Butterflies...for craps sake. last year was a huge year for butterfly species, how can they honestly be making that claim?

Looks like they first filed this in 2004.

guys love the subject, but does this really belong in the "When, Where and Who to Ride With" forum?

The more of this that I see the more unbelievable it becomes. :thumbsup:
Man, if only it were unbelievable. The reality is that these are the kind of tactics these people will use to get their way. Look at how much value they put on some obscure butterfly species that has no purpose other than for some nature lover to be able to say he saw one once. At what point do the needs of humans supersede those of some bullshit insect that is on its way to extinction simply because of natural selection? :bonk: These idjuts would deny millions from the benefits of off-road riding for the sake of a lousy insect. The Earth is millions of years old. When we are long gone and all the fossil fuels have been expended it will still be here none the worse for wear. It has survived cataclysmic eruptions, ice ages, earthquakes, nuclear testing and world tumult. It can tolerate some OHV usage.
guys love the subject, but does this really belong in the "When, Where and Who to Ride With" forum?
My bad, but technically it is about the "Where," isn't it? :thumbsup:

i like the updates in this forum but i guess technically it doesnt belong but if it doesnt bother anyone then i dont see anything wrong with it

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