ELKO – The future of federal sage grouse policy will be discussed Thursday at a Bureau of Land Management meeting from 5-7 p.m. in the Elko Convention Center.
Western governors sought changes to the Obama administration’s plans for BLM-managed lands in their states, leading to Draft Environmental Impact Statements and amendments being published on May 4.
A 90-day public comment period ends August 2. (full article)
RENO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management issued a statewide fire prevention order aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires by prohibiting the use of fireworks and certain types of ammunition and targets for shooting.
The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 30, states “the following acts are prohibited on all public land areas, roads and trails located within and administered by the BLM Nevada State Office.” to read the recommendations (full article)
By Matthew Anderson
Smoke is beginning to rise from the West’s public lands — and it is just a taste of what’s to come. In a briefing to members of Congress, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared predictions of above-average potential for significant wildfire activity this summer across the West. Some states are bracing for the worst severe wildfire outbreak since 2012, fearing it may eclipse even that historic fire year. (full article)
WASHINGTON (July 2, 2018) – The Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) today urged swift passage of the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018. The amendments, introduced today by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, are based on the Western Governor Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative bipartisan policy recommendations (full article)
The Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law by rounding up wild horses in eastern Oregon without fully considering the impact of its actions, a newspaper reported Wednesday. (full article)
A U.S. judge blocked California from requiring that the popular weed-killer Roundup carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer, saying the warning is misleading because almost all regulators have concluded there is no evidence that the product’s main ingredient is a carcinogen. (full article)
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a potentially drastic change to the way the agency implements the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The highly technical proposal, titled ‘Removal of Blanket Section 4(d) Rule,’ is believed to eliminate a rule that effectively treats species categorized as ‘threatened’ the same as those categorized as ‘endangered.’ The 4(d) rule has been in place since 1978, extending endangered ‘take’ prohibitions to threatened species as well. Since going on the books, 4(d) has drawn praise from environmentalists and criticism from private-property advocates. (full article)
Initiative provides grazing permit holders flexibility in the management of livestock (continue reading)
By Lee Juillerat March 21 2018. Unique effort aims to stem overpopulations of wild horses that damage resources and cause reductions in cattle grazing. A first-ever competitive bid adoption for professionally gentled feral, or wild, horses could help shape future management plans on the nation’s public lands. (full Article)