Emergency roundup planned for wild horses in Southern Nevada

May 7, 2018
May 7, 2018 –

For the second time in less than three years, federal authorities plan to conduct an emergency roundup of wild horses on the brink of starvation in the Spring Mountains.

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management announced Monday that as many as 200 horses in the Cold Creek area are in immediate need of food due to drought conditions and overpopulation. (full article)

‘Anyone can lobby’: Utah judge slams environmental group’s lawsuit over commissioners’ private meetings with feds

April 12, 2018

By Brian Maffly

A state judge has summarily shot down the first of three lawsuits filed by the environmental group Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance alleging county commissions violated open meeting requirements when they met privately with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other federal officials last year. (full article)


US court overturns round-up of wild horses in Oregon

April 11, 2018

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)

Judge blocks weed-killer warning label in California

April 6, 2018

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)

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)

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