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U.S. looks to drop gray wolves from endangered list

April 29, 2013

Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times.

The sweeping...

Concerns about Gateway West route could lead to smaller project

April 29, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management this week plans to unveil the final environmental review of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a regulatory milestone for a project the Obama administration has made a top priority.

But the final environmental impact statement...

USFWS proposes protections for Sierra Nevada amphibians

April 26, 2013

The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing a species of frog and toad under the Endangered Species Act.

The Yosemite toad and Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog populations have decreased due to livestock grazing, fungal infections, pesticides and hungry non-native trout.

The...

Utah unveils final sage grouse plan to mixed reviews

April 26, 2013

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) today unveiled a final state plan for the imperiled greater sage grouse that he and others say will restore dwindling grouse habitat and prevent the bird from being listed as an endangered species.

But conservation groups that have reviewed the plan say it...

Wyo. wants sequestered royalty cash to buy Teton parcels

April 26, 2013

State Rep. Keith Gingery, of Jackson, is lobbying the state’s U.S. senators to fight for $53 million in mineral royalty payments withheld by the federal government.

If Wyoming’s representatives can regain the money, it could fund a deal for hundreds of acres in Grand Teton National Park...

Grizzly bear diet key to end of federal protection

April 26, 2013

A study on the nuances of Yellowstone ecosystem grizzly bear diets due this October will determine whether managers will recommend ending federal protections for the species, officials said last week.

The study, called a food synthesis, will take a “holistic approach” to analyzing grizzly...

Greater sage grouse needs open space to survive, thrive, says study

April 24, 2013

The imperiled greater sage grouse needs miles of uninterrupted sagebrush steppe with little nearby human activity to survive, according to a new federal study that also notes that land managers do not have adequate regulations in place to preserve critical areas.

The study, conducted by...

Obama admin backs wilderness bill, cites concerns with streamlined grazing

April 24, 2013

The Obama administration yesterday said it generally approves of a bill to convey lands in western Nevada to support a copper mine in exchange for the designation of 48,000 acres of wilderness but said it still has concerns with a bill to streamline the permitting of grazing on public lands....

Calif. developers will buy 7,000 acres to offset Mojave Desert habitat damage

April 24, 2013

Solar developer BrightSource Energy has agreed to purchase 7,000 acres of land to compensate for the loss of habitat for an imperiled tortoise at the Ivanpah project in California's Mojave Desert.

The deal is the first under a 2010 California law to help renewable energy companies buy...

California lawmakers call for expansion of Yosemite National Park

April 22, 2013

State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906.

The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion.

If Congress approves...

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