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)
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)
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)
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 Dave Maxwell | Jun 6, 2018
Earlier this month, on May 2, as reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the U.S. Department of the Interior released revised documents formalizing the Trump administration’s push to relax protections for the greater sage grouse in Nevada and 10 other western states. (full article)
Wyatt Bechtel May 22, 2018
Jeff Bezos, creator and owner of Amazon.com, is the world’s richest man with an estimated wealth of $130 billion and he points to summers spent on the family ranch as a turning point in his adolescence development. (full article)
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Spring is here especially in the valleys. I manage 4.5 acres at our Mesa County Extension office and the weeds are off to the races for growing. So how do we manage weeds? First and most important is to identify the weeds or at least figure out what growth type they have such as annual, biennial, winter annual or perennial. This will help you to come up with the best plan of attack or tool to use. (full article)
By KATY NESBITT : For the Capital Press
Published on May 9, 2018 8:56AM
Northeastern Oregonians are leading a grassroots effort to get Spalding’s catchfly, a wildflower endemic to the inland Northwest, removed from the Endangered Species List.Convinced that the elusive plant with its irregular blooming cycle is more populous than some fear, the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association asked Kelly Birkmaier, a rancher and rangeland consultant in Joseph, to spearhead a community-wide project to map the county’s Spalding’s catchfly. (full article)