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Carbon milestone a reminder of things to come

May 13, 2013

The Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed an ominous milestone yesterday when a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory on the Big Island in Hawaii registered 400 parts per million for the first time.

It's a concentration of CO2 that has not existed in the...

BLM pressed in committee on fire, sage grouse and grazing

May 10, 2013

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who holds the reins in the House over Interior Department spending, urged the Bureau of Land Management yesterday to boost its focus on wildfire management as a means of protecting the imperiled sage grouse.

Republicans like Simpson have long called on the...

New Interior secretary waiting for study on wild horses

May 9, 2013

New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday that she is still undecided about how to handle a burgeoning wild horse and burro population that is eating more than half the horse budget at the BLM and sparking outrage among wild horse advocates.

Jewell said in an interview with The...

Protections for wolverines draw Western states’ opposition

May 8, 2013

State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species' snowy mountain strongholds.

A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare...

Interior proposes rule allowing limited take of lesser prairie chicken

May 8, 2013

The Interior Department today proposed a limited exemption to Endangered Species Act protections for a small grouse that roams the southern Great Plains, a move aimed at strengthening habitat protections but which drew fire from one conservation group.

The proposed special rule would...

Interior releases post-delisting management proposal for grizzlies

May 6, 2013

The Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft conservation strategy for grizzly bears in northern Montana, a document designed to demonstrate the species is ready to be removed from the endangered species list.

While no final decisions have been made about whether to delist the...

Interior sends ESA critical-habitat rules to White House

May 6, 2013

The Interior Department in the past week sent to the White House for review three rules that could significantly affect the way habitat is protected for threatened and endangered species.

One of the rules will determine how the Fish and Wildlife Service decides which lands to set aside as...

Already-completed Ruby Pipeline project to undergo additional BLM analysis

May 6, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is revising its formal environmental review of an already-built natural gas pipeline project in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling that was highly critical of BLM's and the Fish and Wildlife Service's analysis of the project's impacts.

BLM announced...

Condor deaths point to failure of mandatory lead-ammo bans, says FWS official

May 3, 2013

As California considers an expanded ban on lead hunting ammunition, some key wildlife-management officials are pointing to recent lead-poisoning deaths of endangered California condors as evidence that voluntary measures are more effective in spurring a switch to nonlead bullets.


Ariz. rep introduces bill to preserve 1M acres of Sonoran Desert

May 2, 2013

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) last week introduced a bill that would conserve nearly 1 million acres of Sonoran Desert lands, a move aimed at protecting both wildlife habitat and adjacent military bases.

Grijalva's H.R. 1799, which encompasses parts of his district and that of Republican...

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