October 4, 2012
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is warning governors in the West to prepare for continued drought conditions through the end of the year.
The "Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook," prepared by NOAA for the 19-state Western Governors' Association, concluded that the...
October 3, 2012
The Fish and Wildlife Service plans to designate two cacti, two mussels and a bat as deserving of federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Two rare Arizona plants, the acuña cactus and the Fickeisen plains cactus, are proposed to be listed as endangered. The move comes more...
October 2, 2012
Tomorrow night's inaugural presidential debate may seem a logical place for the candidates to discuss the role of federal lands in providing energy, recreation and job opportunities at a time of stubbornly high unemployment.
The debate at the University of Denver takes place in a swing...
October 1, 2012
Federal officials plan to round up thousands of wild horses and burros across six Western states starting Monday.
The roundups will take place through February on drought-stricken range lands in Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
Contractors for the Bureau of Land...
September 28, 2012
Drought conditions spread slightly over the last week, covering nearly 55 percent of the country.
Heavy rains in the Northeast alleviated dry conditions in some areas there, but severe, extreme and exceptional drought conditions got worse across the country, according to the U.S. Drought...
September 25, 2012
The House adjourned Friday until after the elections without taking up either the full farm bill or any short-term extensions, House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday.
The Ohio Republican thus confirmed what many had been saying for weeks: that House leaders would delay work on the bill...
September 25, 2012
More than a dozen months with too little snow and too little rain has meant unrelenting hardships on the people and animals that depend on this land and its water.
Of course, drought has been an issue nationally this year. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expanded drought...
September 21, 2012
Drought conditions spread slightly in the last week to cover more than 54 percent of the United States, a record high, experts said.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released this morning showed a half-percentage-point uptick in the drought's national footprint, setting a record in the...
September 17, 2012
An environmental group is suing the Interior Department in an effort to stop a proposed 300-mile pipeline project that would carry billions of gallons of water a year from rural central Nevada to the Las Vegas metropolitan area but would have potentially significant impacts to natural resources...
September 7, 2012
As the Wildlife Conservation Society looked at ways to restore bison to their natural habitat, a fundamental question arose — what do people in Montana really think about bison restoration?
That was the impetus behind a survey commissioned by WCS and the National Wildlife Federation and...