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Colo. senator's bill seeks to treat damaged forests

April 24, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide.

The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act would instruct the U.S. Forest Service to treat National Forests that are infected by beetle damage or...

EPA criticizes State Dept. on Keystone XL pipeline report

April 24, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency sharply criticized the State Department’s impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the report failed to adequately consider the climate change impacts of building the pipeline or to realistically assess alternative pipeline routes or...

Obama admin backs wilderness bill, cites concerns with streamlined grazing

April 24, 2013

The Obama administration yesterday said it generally approves of a bill to convey lands in western Nevada to support a copper mine in exchange for the designation of 48,000 acres of wilderness but said it still has concerns with a bill to streamline the permitting of grazing on public lands....

Calif. developers will buy 7,000 acres to offset Mojave Desert habitat damage

April 24, 2013

Solar developer BrightSource Energy has agreed to purchase 7,000 acres of land to compensate for the loss of habitat for an imperiled tortoise at the Ivanpah project in California's Mojave Desert.

The deal is the first under a 2010 California law to help renewable energy companies buy...

Colorado firefighting tanker fleet OK with feds

April 24, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service supports a Colorado state Senate bill that would allow Colorado to buy its own firefighting air-tanker fleet, an agency spokeswoman said.

State senators, worried about another bad wildfire season and a diminished federal air-tanker fleet, advanced a bill last week...

California lawmakers call for expansion of Yosemite National Park

April 22, 2013

State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906.

The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion.

If Congress approves...

Ariz. regulators reaffirm sprawling development plan over BLM objections

April 22, 2013

Arizona regulators have reaffirmed their approval of a major housing development in the city of Sierra Vista despite concerns from the Bureau of Land Management that the subdivision would pose a threat to southern Arizona's last free-flowing desert river.

The Arizona Department of Water...

Yellowstone's volcano bigger than thought

April 22, 2013

Yellowstone's underground volcanic plumbing is bigger and better connected than scientists thought, researchers reported here today (April 17) at the Seismological Society of America's annual meeting.

"We are getting a much better understanding of the volcanic system of Yellowstone," said...

Industry seeks Supreme Court review of landmark GHG ruling

April 22, 2013

An industry coalition asked the Supreme Court yesterday to review a lower court ruling upholding U.S. EPA's regulations to address climate change.

Led by the American Chemistry Council, the trade associations petitioned the high court to reconsider the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Tight budgets spur NPS push for more private funding

April 22, 2013

Five years ago this week, the Gettysburg National Military Park welcomed a $103 million museum and visitor center, complete with relics from the Battle of Gettysburg, interactive exhibits and a film narrated by actor Morgan Freeman.

But the park didn't pick up the tab -- the Gettysburg...

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