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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Budget seeks mandatory conservation funding, increased O&G fees

April 12, 2013

President Obama's proposed fiscal 2014 budget for the Interior Department would require oil and gas companies to pay more to drill on public lands and waters and for the first time seeks full mandatory funding for the nation's premier conservation program.

Obama's $11.7 billion request...

States to have say on 'blueways' designation for watersheds

April 11, 2013

Wyoming congressional leaders praised outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for committing to obtain state support before designating watersheds into the National Blueways System program he unveiled last year.

Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia...

USFWS to consider protection for black-backed woodpecker

April 10, 2013

A woodpecker that depends on intense wildfires for the standing dead trees where it feeds on insects is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will take a closer look at the black-backed woodpecker. A decision is...

Federal plan seeks landowners to protect Missouri River basin

April 10, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing a major new effort to work with private landowners along a pristine stretch of the Missouri River that bisects Nebraska and South Dakota in an effort to preserve thousands of acres of sensitive lands and dozens of ecologically significant fish species.

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BLM study shows that Colorado Plateau will get hotter and drier

April 8, 2013

Conservationists are lobbying the Bureau of Land Management to overhaul its policies in the Colorado Plateau after the agency's own study indicated big alterations are coming over the next 50 years because of climate change.

The vast Colorado Plateau is home of the spectacular canyon...

Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

Rio Grande NM touted as economic boost for northern N.M.

April 3, 2013

Drivers crossing into town on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge can't miss the Taos Mesa Brewing Co. a few miles east of the river.

The Quonset hut-style aluminum building is fitted with solar water heaters that shimmer in the bright desert sunlight, catching the eyes of mountain bikers,...

Mont. rep. to introduce legislation protecting North Fork Flathead

April 3, 2013

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Friday announced plans to “rise above the partisan politics” and introduce legislation that would block industrial development in the North Fork Flathead River drainage on the western boundary of Glacier National Park.

The legislation will serve as a...

Sen. Udall seeking community support for possible new national monument

April 1, 2013

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is once again exploring the possibility of designating a new national monument in a picturesque central Colorado canyon straddling the Arkansas River.

Udall today released a draft bill that proposes to establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument in...

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