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Submitted by Newsroom on January 6, 2011 – 11:47 amNo Comment

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Greater Yellowstone Makes Endangered Ecosystem List

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is on a new ‘top ten’ list that focuses on habitats across the country that are home to fish, wildlife and plants at risk of extinction. Each zone on the list is described as threatened because of a changing climate, although they’re not a lost cause because the report describes conservation actions that could help keep species resilient.

Derek Goldman with the Endangered Species Coalition – which issued the report – says they took a long-term view of habitat health…

  Goldman: “Ecosystems that provide habitat for lots of endangered species right now, and other ecosystems expected to provide refuge as species try to adapt to global warming.”

The Greater Yellowstone’s Whitebark pines are quickly disappearing, and those trees are an important food source for many critters, including grizzlies. They also play a role in stabilizing mountainsides and shading snowpack. The report calls for forest restoration work and more research to develop trees resistant to beetle infestations.


Lummis sworn into 112th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) was sworn into the 112th Congress to serve a second term as Wyoming’s Member-at-Large.

Lummis released the following statement: 

“It is truly an honor to continue my service to the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am humbled by the responsibility and I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for the people of our state in Washington.

Lummis' husband Al Wiederspahn holds Bible while Speaker John Boehner looks on.

“We have a great deal of work ahead and many tough decisions to make. Nearly one in ten Americans are out of work. Reckless spending has threatened our nation’s economic stability, and misguided government-centered policies have had harmful consequences for the American people, who have been calling for the job-focused, entrepreneurial economic policies that have always been at the root of our country’s prosperity. 

“As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I will be a tireless advocate for spending cuts. We must rein in the federal budget deficit in order to make America more competitive and get our country back on track. 

“We are hard at work already — holding votes to repeal the new health care law, bringing real accountability and transparency to Washington, and returning to the original intent of the Founding Fathers. 

“I am excited by the opportunity to serve with a conservative majority who hear Americans loud and clear– and will make the priorities of the people the mission of Congress.”

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