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Nev. county hopes plan prevents sage grouse ESA listing

March 20, 2013

Officials in a rural northeastern Nevada county have approved a pilot project designed to keep sage grouse off the endangered species list by killing ravens with poisoned eggs and by reducing wildfire threats through livestock grazing.

Elko County commissioners say the program set to...

Utah public lands legislation puts federal control in cross hairs

March 20, 2013

The anti-federal theme that characterized much of the 2013 session reached far into the natural resources arena. The Legislature passed several bills and resolutions affirming state and local "sovereignty" over public lands, forests, water rights, endangered species and law enforcement.

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Green group's standing questioned as justices review USFS NEPA case

March 18, 2013

The Supreme Court agreed today to review the standing of an environmental group challenging a Forest Service management plan for the Sierra Nevada.

At issue is a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling for the Pacific Rivers Council that invalidated a regional management plan for 11...

Enviro groups to sue Interior over dunes lizard decision

March 18, 2013

Two environmental groups said they plan to sue the Interior Department over its decision last summer to withdraw a proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, arguing that too little was known about how landowners planned to protect its habitat.

The Center for...

Mont. senators pushing for Keystone XL approval

March 18, 2013

Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester continued pressing for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Thursday with a bipartisan bill that would let Congress bypass the president and approve the long-delayed project.

The legislation comes two months after Nebraska opted to let the...

Delay in lynx recovery plan spurs federal lawsuit

March 18, 2013

Thirteen years after the government listed Canada lynx as a threatened species, wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finish its long-awaited recovery plan for the snow-loving wild cats.

Four groups represented by the Western...

Judge denies industry appeal on oil and gas leases in Wyo, Utah

March 15, 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked an industry effort to release federal oil and gas leases in two western states.

The decision affirmed a 2011 court decision that backed a Department of Interior order not to issue 118 oil and gas leases in Wyoming and Utah, citing possible...

More groups join legal fight over Wyo. wolf delisting

March 14, 2013

As the battle over protections for wolves in Wyoming continues, more groups who want the state to take over management of the animals have entered the legal fray.

U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson has allowed the Wyoming Wolf Coalition, made up of county governments and sportsmen groups,...

Tribes, wildlife advocates rally for bison

March 13, 2013

Kill the bills, not the buffalo.

That was the message of many Native American leaders who spoke at the Rally for the Future of Montana’s Buffalo, held Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda.

During this session, legislators have proposed a dozen bills that would affect bison in varying...

NPS to leave open 900 full-time job slots, 1,000 seasonal positions

March 13, 2013

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis offered the most detailed account to date of how sequestration funding cuts are affecting the agency in a letter to his employees Friday that at times struck an almost apologetic tone.

To meet funding reductions, Jarvis wrote, 900 permanent...

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