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Wolf killing ban sought for land between Yellowstone and Teton national parks

May 21, 2013

A conservation group is asking the National Park Service to eliminate potential wolf hunting in the 24,000-acre Rockefeller Parkway between Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks.

The National Parks Conservation Association is petitioning the agency to launch a “rulemaking process” to review...

Judge blocks Utah law that would prevent BLM, Forest Service from enforcing state rules

May 17, 2013

A state law that would have prevented some federal officials from enforcing state laws anywhere in Utah was temporarily blocked yesterday by a federal judge.

Under the law sponsored by state Rep. Mike Noel (R), federal employees would have faced a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for...

Controversial Tongass land-swap bill up for review

May 15, 2013

A controversial bill to allow an Alaska Native corporation to acquire roughly 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest primarily for logging goes before a House Natural Resources panel Thursday.

H.R. 740 by Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) would allow...

ENR panel to mark up roughly 30 bills promoting wilderness, O&G

May 15, 2013

A Senate committee Thursday will seek to advance roughly 30 lands bills, including measures to designate wilderness in Nevada and New Mexico, swap tens of thousands of acres of gas-rich lands in Utah, and designate a national historic park in Rhode Island.

The Energy and Natural Resources...

Devils Tower prescribed burn ignites wildfire

May 13, 2013

Fire officials got more than they bargained for Wednesday afternoon when a prescribed burn at Devils Tower National Monument ignited a wildfire.

The original, 300-acre planned fire burned Tuesday and was being mopped up ahead of schedule on Wednesday. It succumbed to late-afternoon high...

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...

Molybdenum mine on Mount Emmons gets initial federal approval

May 6, 2013

The longest-running mining fight in the West entered a new chapter in April as U.S. Energy won federal approval on a molybdenum-mine plan on Mount Emmons, just outside Crested Butte. The 204-page plan calls for a mine that would produce 12,600 tons of ore per day and operate for 33 years....

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.

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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...

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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