The film festival will feature a film by Project Coyote on wildlife killing contests, Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs. There will be a Q&A panel at the end of the film festival. To learn more go to the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes our festival “On Tour,” partnering to produce nearly 250 events each year. Events are hosted by a diverse array of environmental nonprofits, schools, museums, and businesses, each creating unique film festivals in their own communities and using the festival to raise funds, reach new contacts, and raise awareness of local issues. Learn how to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to your town.

Collette Adkins will be one of the Q&A panelists at the environmental film festival.

Collette Adkins, Carnivore Conservation Director, Senior Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program, where she focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of rare wildlife. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a master’s degree in wildlife conservation. Before joining the Center, Collette was in private practice, where her pro bono work focused on preservation of endangered species and their habitats. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Tunheim in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin is proud to be one of the “On Tour” hosts of a Wild & Scenic Film Festival this summer in Minneapolis!

The Center for Biological Diversity suit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for violating the Endangered Species Act by never providing a comprehensive recovery plan for gray wolves nationwide, which is required by the law.

The lawsuit argues that wolves must remain federally protected until the Fish and Wildlife Service implements a national recovery plan. The agency is planning to remove endangered species protection from nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states through a proposed rule with a public comment period that ends on May 14, 2019.

That would make wolves vulnerable to trophy hunting and trapping, halting their progress toward recovery.

“We won’t let the Trump administration bring wolf recovery to a screeching halt to benefit the blood sport of trophy hunting,” said Collette Adkins, a Minneapolis-based Center biologist and attorney. “If successful, our lawsuit would require the feds to recover wolves nationwide and block their efforts to prematurely remove protection.”

A recovery plan would enable wolves to establish viable populations in areas where small populations are still recovering, including California, Oregon and Washington.

It would also promote recovery in areas like the southern Rockies, Dakotas and Adirondacks, which have suitable wolf habitat but no remaining wolf populations.

“Wolves are still missing from more than 90 percent of their historic range in the lower 48 states, and the Endangered Species Act, and common sense tell us we can’t ignore that loss,” said Adkins. “We’re doing all we can to make sure Trump officials fulfill their obligation to restore wolves in key habitats across the country.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, explains that the Service unreasonably denied the Center’s formal petition requesting development of a nationwide wolf recovery plan. Beyond the plan the Endangered Species Act requires the agency to conduct a status review every five years. But six years have passed since the last national wolf status review. Press release from Center for Biological Diversity

In the photo Center for Biologist Diversity Attorneys ready to argue their case before the Supreme Court.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, explains that the Service unreasonably denied the Center’s formal petition requesting development of a nationwide wolf recovery plan. Beyond the plan the Endangered Species Act requires the agency to conduct a status review every five years. But six years have passed since the last national wolf status review.

Join us Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm at the Landmark’s Edina Cinema in Edina, MN. Minneapolis area! Where Activism Gets Inspired! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films Purchase Tickets Here

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