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Critics question need for Colo. monument plan at time of budget cuts

March 22, 2013

A National Park Service retirees group is urging NPS to cancel planned public meetings to discuss what kinds of activities and events are suitable at the Colorado National Monument, questioning the motives and necessity of the effort at a time of deep budget cuts due to sequestration.


Obama to designate national monument in the San Juan Islands

March 22, 2013

President Obama plans to designate a national monument in the San Juan Islands, handing a long-sought victory to island residents and members of Washington’s congressional delegation.

Obama will sign a proclamation Monday creating the monument, a White House official said Thursday.


Unlikely coalitions form to buy out mineral leases from energy companies

March 20, 2013

Environmentalists are joining forces with a seemingly unlikely coalition of ranchers, hunters and rich landowners to try to buy out the mineral leases that oil and gas companies purchase from the federal government on public lands.

In the past, environmentalists have bought out landowners...

Enviro groups to sue Interior over dunes lizard decision

March 18, 2013

Two environmental groups said they plan to sue the Interior Department over its decision last summer to withdraw a proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, arguing that too little was known about how landowners planned to protect its habitat.

The Center for...

Delay in lynx recovery plan spurs federal lawsuit

March 18, 2013

Thirteen years after the government listed Canada lynx as a threatened species, wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finish its long-awaited recovery plan for the snow-loving wild cats.

Four groups represented by the Western...

Senate ENR approves bills protecting wilderness, streamlining oil permitting

March 15, 2013

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning advanced 19 public lands bills, including measures to designate more than 80,000 acres of wilderness, establish Delaware's first national park, and streamline oil and gas permitting in North Dakota.

All but one of the bills...

More groups join legal fight over Wyo. wolf delisting

March 14, 2013

As the battle over protections for wolves in Wyoming continues, more groups who want the state to take over management of the animals have entered the legal fray.

U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson has allowed the Wyoming Wolf Coalition, made up of county governments and sportsmen groups,...

Park Service designates 13 new historic landmarks

March 13, 2013

The Selma, Ala., bridge where civil rights marchers were attacked by police in 1965 on what is now known as "Bloody Sunday" is among 13 sites designed national historic landmarks today by the Interior Department.

Other sites include the Hartford, Conn., home of author and abolitionist...

Tribes, wildlife advocates rally for bison

March 13, 2013

Kill the bills, not the buffalo.

That was the message of many Native American leaders who spoke at the Rally for the Future of Montana’s Buffalo, held Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda.

During this session, legislators have proposed a dozen bills that would affect bison in varying...

NPS to leave open 900 full-time job slots, 1,000 seasonal positions

March 13, 2013

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis offered the most detailed account to date of how sequestration funding cuts are affecting the agency in a letter to his employees Friday that at times struck an almost apologetic tone.

To meet funding reductions, Jarvis wrote, 900 permanent...

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