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Conservation orgs ask BLM to cancel leases atop Roan Plateau

April 1, 2013

Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to forbid drilling on western Colorado's Roan Plateau as the agency goes back to the drawing board and re-evaluates its approach to energy development in the region.

Earthjustice submitted a 49-page comment letter to BLM today...

Former FWS chief urges better Mexican wolf protection

April 1, 2013

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the troubled Mexican wolf reintroduction program, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official who now heads an environmental group is pushing for a more aggressive recovery effort for the species.

Defenders of Wildlife Director Jamie Rappaport...

Western enviros oppose widespread wolf delisting

March 29, 2013

Western environmental groups say they're alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in vast areas where the animals no longer exist.

The groups say ending federal protections would keep wolves from expanding their range...

BLM plan for central Wyo. doesn't protect sage grouse, say enviros

March 29, 2013

Conservation groups are taking aim at a proposed Bureau of Land Management resource management plan covering millions of acres in central Wyoming that they say fails to adequately protect prime habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.

The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and...

Obama admin unveils climate adaptation plan for natural resources

March 27, 2013

The Obama administration, along with state and tribal partners, today released a national strategy urging land managers and lawmakers to take steps to adapt to the changing climate -- a document heralded by some green groups as the strongest statement yet from the government about the need to...

U.S. District Court decision preserves national roadless rule

March 27, 2013

A federal court today rejected Alaska's challenge to a 2001 rule that prohibited most logging and roadbuilding on about 58 million acres of federal forests, effectively shielding the Clinton-era rule from future legal challenges.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today...

Colo. senator introduces Thompson Divide bill

March 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, offering what the congressman's office termed a “middle-ground solution” to the hotly contested prospect of future gas drilling on the public lands southwest of Carbondale.

The bill would...

Montana to launch Arctic grayling recovery project on Big Hole River

March 25, 2013

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hopes to aid the recovery of the Arctic grayling in the Upper Big Hole River beginning this spring.

The FWP’s recovery plan intends to improve the distribution of the fish in the upper Big Hole River near Jackson, as well as in two of the...

Obama to designate 5 new national monuments

March 25, 2013

President Obama will declare five new national monuments Monday, ranging from 240,000 acres on a high-desert plateau in northern New Mexico to early European settlement sites along the Delaware River.

The designations are aimed, in part, at quieting critics who in recent months have...

High court to rule on Calif. forest plan challenge

March 22, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether environmental groups can challenge a federal government plan that has led to increased logging in California forests throughout the Sierra.

The plan was adopted in 2004 by President George W. Bush's administration for 11 national...

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