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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)

Permanent water systems help ranchers quench cows’ thirst

February 9, 2018

Capital Press 

During winter, Jed Heaton maintains equipment and replaces bulldozer tracks for his business.

By Dianna Troyer

“Frustrated with constantly hauling water to his thirsty cows, Jed Heaton brainstormed about ways to eliminate the tedious chore.

With polyethylene pipe, massive tire troughs, valves, and floats, he installed a permanent watering system on his ranch south of Malta, Idaho near the Utah border.

“Through word-of-mouth, we started helping other ranchers develop springs and ponds into permanent watering systems,” said Heaton, who started Range Water Solutions and Supplies in 2001.”  (full Article)

 

Suit tries to block roundup of nearly 10,000 Nevada mustangs

February 9, 2018

Capital Press

By SCOTT SONNER

“Animal rights activists are suing to block what they say is an unprecedented federal plan to capture thousands of wild horses over 10 years in Nevada without the legally required environmental reviews intended to protect the mustangs and U.S. rangeland.”  “Wild horses far exceed U.S. government population goals, and officials say the free-roaming horses that number about 60,000 in 10 western states can face starvation.” (Full Article)

Eastern Oregon scientist receives range management award

February 13, 2018

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press

Published on February 13, 2018 1:14PM

Tony Svejcar, of Burns, Ore., has received the 2018 Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management.

For nearly 30 years, Tony Svejcar served as research leader for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, Ore.

The Society for Range Management recently honored Svejcar and his work at the organization’s 71st annual meeting, technical training and trade show in Sparks, Nev., where he was presented with the 2018 Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award. (Full Article)

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