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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...

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...

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...

Sequestration pushes conservation agency toward 'breaking point'

May 2, 2013

Sequestration has affected the federal government's ability to put in place conservation measures on farmland, according to several organizations that work closely with the Agriculture Department.

The effects of the across-the-board spending cuts on farmland conservation programs, which...

Interior to decide fate of 10 species by 2018 under agreement with CBD

May 2, 2013

The Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to decide in the next five years whether to list 10 new species under the Endangered Species Act, including a rare Pacific Northwest mammal, an Arizona orchid and four species of springsnails.

The settlement announced late last week with the Center...

BLM finds ‘no significant impact’ in Sutey-Two Shoes land swap

May 2, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft environmental assessment of the proposed Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange on Monday, kicking off the final public comment period for the once-controversial swap.

The 286-page BLM report concluded the swap would have no significant...

DOD aids in conservation with base buffer zones

May 1, 2013

A Defense Department program has resulted in the creation of more than 260,000 acres of sanctuaries as the military tries to keep urban growth from affecting its bases.

Through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative, the agency has spent nearly $1 billion to create buffer...

USFWS releases four Mexican wolves into the wild

April 29, 2013

About a dozen Fish and Wildlife Service personnel and volunteers stepped forward in a slow-motion line dance, quietly advancing toward a male Mexican wolf.

The group convened before dawn to partake in the first major release of Mexican wolves into the wild in almost five years, as FWS...

Bipartisan bill would help preserve watershed in Colo. national forest

April 29, 2013

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) are joining forces on a bipartisan effort to help protect a pristine watershed inside the San Juan National Forest.

Bennet yesterday introduced the "Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013," S. 841, which would designate...

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