On Dec. 10, Congress sent the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) to the president’s desk for signing. The hard-fought water bill includes measures that, should the bill be enacted, could increase water storage and dedicate more water to farming in the Golden State.
On Dec. 12, counties in six western states and a soil and water conservation district filed suit in federal district court in Utah challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new resource planning rule, Planning 2.0. The rule applies to 245 million surface acres and 700 sub-surface mineral acres and was finalized Dec.
In the final hour of its regime, the Obama administration released a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planning rule that will affect uses on all of the agency’s 245 million surface acres and 700 sub-surface mineral acres. The “Planning 2.
He also said there is an effort afoot to remove the annual appropriations language that for several years has prevented BLM from euthanizing excess horses or selling them without limitation. Additional language in the draft appropriations bill would allow BLM to transfer horses to other agencies that could use them, such as the U.
There were fireworks at the Oregon U.S. District Court at the end of October as a grand jury declared seven occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge “not guilty.” The acquittal comes after a 41-day occupation of the refuge in eastern Oregon, which ended in the arrest and jailing of 26 individuals and the death of one.
Instead, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) put regulations in place on federal land meant to alleviate the threats to the bird. But a new industry report released last Tuesday suggests the regulations are biased against livestock grazing, and could do more harm than good.
USFS said that most of the 2016 large fires have burned in Southern California in the urban interface where there are billions of dollars in assets and 22 million people. These urban interface fires are costly to fight. For example, USFS spent $245 million on this year’s Soberanes Fire on the Los Padres National Forest, protecting over $6.
The public continues to reel from the shockwave sent through the country by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s Sept. 9 recommendation that the BLM euthanize or sell without limitation all animals in long- and short-term holding deemed “unadoptable.
On the final day of its biannual regular meeting, this year held in Elko, NV, the board advised BLM to follow the stipulations of the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 that allow for “all suitable animals in long- and short-term...
He said he expected these new documents to dominate a lot of the discussion at PLC’s annual meeting, which occurred last week in Boise, ID. PLC leaders planned to meet with BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis and other high-level officials to discuss the documents,.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) revealed on Sept. 1 a seven-year work plan to take a bite out of its backlog of Endangered Species Act (ESA) decisions. USFWS faces decision deadlines on over 550 species that have been petitioned for listing, and hundreds more that the agency has already determined may warrant listing.
On Aug. 11, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released draft land-use regulations in the name of Gunnison sage-grouse protection in Colorado and southeast Utah. The draft regulations come in light of the U.S.
Anyone who has stepped foot inside Notre Dame Cathedral or Prague Castle is sure to be grateful to the French and Czechian governments for preserving such awesome pieces of history. America has her own spectacular historic sites—ranging from Pueblo adobe buildings of the Southwest to the French Quarter of New Orleans.
New guidance issued by the current administration now calls for all federal agencies to consider climate change before taking any action, whether it’s building a military base, approving a logging job, or allowing grazing to continue on federal land. The guidance, released by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on Aug.