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GOP lawmakers want to strip president’s monument power

April 22, 2013

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday pushed legislation to exempt their states — including Utah — from the president’s power to unilaterally designate national monuments.

A month after President Barack Obama named five new national monuments — and on the 105th anniversary of the...

Tight budgets spur NPS push for more private funding

April 22, 2013

Five years ago this week, the Gettysburg National Military Park welcomed a $103 million museum and visitor center, complete with relics from the Battle of Gettysburg, interactive exhibits and a film narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.

But the park didn't pick up the tab -- the Gettysburg...

USFS buys more land to add to Lewis and Clark NF

April 19, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service, partnering with not-for-profit organizations, has purchased an additional 2,360 acres of land in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage northwest of White Sulphur Springs in an ongoing effort to protect wildlife habitat and ensure public access.

The Forest Service has...

'There's a growing disconnect between people and nature', says Jewell

April 19, 2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell last night said she's looking forward to introducing more Americans to the national parks, warning that there is a "growing disconnect" between people and nature.

Jewell spoke to hundreds of people at the National Parks Conservation Association's annual...

Colorado River ranks most endangered by advocacy group

April 19, 2013

American Rivers ranked the Colorado River most endangered due to worsening water deficits. The ranking report identified threats, including proposed projects along Colorado's Front Range that the group estimates would siphon 300,000 acre-feet more from the river and its tributaries. An acre-foot...

Lawsuit calls BLM's analysis of Nevada project 'one-sided and incomplete'

April 19, 2013

Environmentalists and three Nevada residents are suing the Interior Department over its approval of the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, arguing the wind farm would sit in an area of the Mojave Desert that would cause widespread damage to sensitive wildlife habitat.

Two groups -- Basin...

Conservation groups oppose another round of Wyoming Range leases

April 19, 2013

Wyoming and out-of-state citizens and conservation groups rallied to buy out a series of oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range late last year, but the fight to stop oil and gas exploration in the area is far from over.

The U.S. Forest Service could this fall release an environmental...

Yellowstone gets donations to pay for projects

April 16, 2013

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is donating $600,000 for projects in Yellowstone National Park.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports in a story published Sunday the money will be used for 12 projects selected for this spring’s grant cycle.

Yellowstone National Park saw its budget...

Utah county adopts state's first sage grouse conservation plan

April 15, 2013

The Box Elder County Commission on Tuesday endorsed a pilot program to poison ravens, remove pinyon and juniper, control noxious cheat grass and prevent fires in a formal bid to deter listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Federal, state and local officials praised...

USFS budget emphasizes collaborative planning and conservation

April 15, 2013

President Obama's budget request for the Forest Service includes full funding for a popular collaborative restoration program and seeks increased funding for land acquisitions and private land easements.

The agency's $4.9 billion request is about the same as current funding levels.

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