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Colo. Parks and Wildlife storing native seeds

February 27, 2013

In a climate-controlled warehouse here, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, much like a squirrel storing acorns for hard times, is putting away seeds of native plants and grasses for forest restoration and wildlife habitat improvement.

The seed mixes, concocted for what will best fit steep...

USFS seeks language for Tongass land swap to preserve old growth

February 24, 2013

The Forest Service today said it is hopeful that language could be added to an Alaska senator's bill to convey lands in the Tongass National Forest that would preserve old-growth trees and support the agency's transition to harvesting second growth.

The Forest Service said Sen. Lisa...

EPA explains why it didn't tighten acid-rain standards

February 24, 2013

Responding to a challenge from environmental groups, U.S. EPA yesterday defended its decision to not set a more stringent air standard for pollutants that contribute to acid rain.

EPA last April opted not to tighten its secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards for nitrogen oxides...

Idaho advances pursuit of endangered species control

February 21, 2013

A bill giving Idaho more decision-making power over endangered species is headed to the full Senate for a vote.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on Monday voted in favor of legislation that would give the state final say on whether an endangered plant or animal is...

Obama admin stands by Bush polar bear rule, won't use ESA to curb emissions

February 19, 2013

The Obama administration will uphold a George W. Bush-era rule for managing polar bears that steers clear of using the Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will issue in tomorrow's Federal Register a final special rule for managing the...

Fed. water program infringes on states' rights, say Western lawmakers

February 18, 2013

Members of the conservative Western Caucus are blasting an Interior Department program that recognizes river-conservation efforts as stepping on state's rights.

The 63-member caucus yesterday sent a letter to Interior demanding the withdrawal of Secretarial Order 3321, which created the...

Land, Water Conservation Fund bill reintroduced

February 18, 2013

After losing a close effort at the end of last year, U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, have again offered a bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The program draws money from offshore oil and gas royalties for projects benefiting fish,...

FWS gets earful at N.M. lesser prairie chicken meeting

February 14, 2013

As lesser prairie chickens tucked heads under wings and settled down for the night on the surrounding plains, residents from several southeastern New Mexico counties gathered at a college auditorium last night to weigh in on the species' fate.

Their message to U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

USFWS seeks volunteer ranches for endangered ferrets

February 12, 2013

Want to volunteer a ranch to harbor an endangered species? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from you.

The agency is working on a plan in which ranch owners in the West would willingly allow the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, a near-extinct member of the weasel...

Judge says USFS should have regulated megaloads

February 11, 2013

A federal judge has sided with environmentalists and ruled the U.S. Forest Service erred by not exercising its regulatory authority when the state allowed huge trucks to haul giant oil refinery equipment along U.S. Highway 12.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a decision Thursday...

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