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Fish and Wildlife Service Propose Big Changes to ESA

April 5, 2018

“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)

BLM announces outcome-based grazing projects for 2018

March 27, 2018

Initiative provides grazing permit holders flexibility in the management of livestock (continue reading)

Competitive Bid Adoption Aims at Changing Wild Horse Management

March 21, 2018

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)

Oregon senators help secure wildfire funding ‘fix’ in federal spending plan

March 21, 2018

By Kale Williams March 21 2018. The way firefighting in the west is funded will change dramatically following the introduction of a $1.3 trillion federal spending plan that includes a shift in the way the U.S. Forest Service spends its money. (full Article)

In Congress, both parties agree on one public lands bill

March 16, 2018

Tay Wiles, March 15, 2018

At a time of extraordinary political division, it’s rare that a public lands bill gets sweeping bipartisan support. The bill would permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), which allows the BLM to sell isolated parcels of land and use that revenue to purchase other acreage with high conservation value. (Full Article)

With growing number of retirement-age employees, Zinke sees chance to replace, relocate jobs west

March 13, 2018

The Interior Department may quickly become the poster child for a government reorganization and relocation — moving hundreds of federal jobs out of the Washington, D.C. area and to other parts of the country. “Looking at a replacement as people retire [and] looking at pushing more assets out west, it makes a difference if you’re a GS-5 [or] a GS-7 where you live,” Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at Interior’s budget hearing Tuesday. “ (full Article)

When Scientists Argue

March 12, 2018

By   /  March 12, 2018

About a month ago we ran “What If the U.S. Got Rid of All Livestock?” describing the findings of two scientists, Robin White and Mary Beth Hall, who tried to answer that question. Now scientists are arguing about whether or not White and Hall got it right. And we’re tickled! (full article)

Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative Defends Chaining As A Vegetation Removal Tool

March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018

Life’s good right now if you’re a juniper tree. The climate has been drier and warmer. Fire happens only once in a while. This has caused junipers and pinyon pines to start growing out into sagebrush steppe. But more pinyon and juniper cover means the sagebrush is being choked out, causing sage grouse to leave. (full article)

 

Grazing Lands Focus of Upcoming National Conference

March 12, 2018

March 12. 2018

The National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) will host the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands Dec. 2-5, 2018, at the Peppermill in Reno, Nev. Conference organizers expect more than 800 ranchers, professors, land managers, researchers, public officials, conservationists and students to attend this national conference and participate in the exchange of ideas and information on the latest grazing land issues. (full article)

Nevada Youth Range Camp accepting applications

March 7, 2018

3/7/2018 | By: Tiffany Kozsan |

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Section of the Society for Range Management are now accepting applications for the Nevada Youth Range Camp to be held June 17-23 in central Nevada’s Desatoya Mountains. Applications must be submitted by April 27. (full article)

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