Nevada Lands Council 2017 annual report

May 18, 2018


What is in Your Toolbox for Weeds?

May 18, 2018

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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)

USDA publishes management memo

May 17, 2018
Hagstrom Report

The Agriculture Department on Monday published an internal management memo in the Federal Register formally making several organizational changes that the Trump administration has implemented. (full article)

Oregonians lead effort to delist wildflower

May 9, 2018

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)

Greater Sage Grouse Plans Get a Do-Over

May 7, 2018

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue | Posted – May 7th, 2018

The West’s most controversial bird species continues to be the target of multipronged conservation strategies and the recipient of millions of dollars to boost its population.The latest development in the saga of the greater sage grouse came Friday when the Bureau of Land Management officially released proposed revisions to resource management plans for the bird, including strategies for Utah. (full article)

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)