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EPA, industry square off in battle over Clean Water Act veto

March 18, 2013

U.S. EPA heads to court to defend its authority under the Clean Water Act to revoke a strip mining permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers.

At issue is whether EPA erred in retroactively vetoing Army Corps approval for a large mountaintop-removal project in West Virginia, years after...

USFS head calls for stewardship contracting, warns of sequester impacts

March 15, 2013

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell yesterday urged Congress to permanently authorize an expiring program that allows proceeds from timber sales to be used for forest restoration, arguing it enjoys broad bipartisan support.

Tidwell said a recovering housing market has generated more demand...

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...

Bills curbing federal authority gain momentum in Utah

March 7, 2013

HB155, which cleared the House on Monday, is just one of several pieces of legislation this session aimed at limiting or mitigating federal influence in the management of public land, natural resources and endangered species in Utah.

Additional legislation this session aimed at limiting...

Judges rule for USFS in Nev. road dispute

March 7, 2013

Federal judges today upheld a Forest Service plan to rebuild a controversial road in Nevada's Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

At issue is a Jarbidge Canyon road that was severely damaged when the Jarbidge River flooded in 1995. Located in Elko County, the area is home to the only...

USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

March 7, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service expects to shoulder $212 million in sequestration cuts this year, but no one can say how that might play out at the local level.

An email from that office provided a Feb. 5 letter from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the Senate Appropriations Committee...

Alaska senators reintroduce bill to repeal Roadless Rule

March 1, 2013

Calling it a “cookie-cutter” approach that is “stifling the Southeast Alaska economy,” Alaska’s two senators are co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Tongass National Forest for a time was exempt from the rule, but a 2011 federal court ruling...

Official urges federal, local collaboration on wildfire projects in the West

February 28, 2013

As the western U.S. comes off a tough wildfire season, more collaboration is needed to guard against catastrophic fires and to restore charred forests and rangeland, a senior federal official said at a Western Governors’ Association meeting Saturday.

The federal government is accelerating...

Colo. Parks and Wildlife storing native seeds

February 27, 2013

In a climate-controlled warehouse here, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, much like a squirrel storing acorns for hard times, is putting away seeds of native plants and grasses for forest restoration and wildlife habitat improvement.

The seed mixes, concocted for what will best fit steep...

New Mex. lawmakers offer bill to take back federal lands

February 27, 2013

Three state lawmakers introduced a bill that would give New Mexico control of millions of acres of federally owned land.

The bipartisan bill would allow the state to manage the land. It would also allow the state to keep all the royalties made from developing the land's natural resources...

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