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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Groups ask judge to reconsider decision upholding Grand Canyon mining limits

April 11, 2013

Groups opposing the Obama administration's ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon are asking an Arizona federal judge to reconsider his decision last month upholding large-scale land withdrawals.

Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled...

States to have say on 'blueways' designation for watersheds

April 11, 2013

Wyoming congressional leaders praised outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for committing to obtain state support before designating watersheds into the National Blueways System program he unveiled last year.

Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia...

Eyebrows are raised as Interior Dept. aces scientific integrity tests

April 11, 2013

When it comes to scientific misconduct, the Interior Department has a troubled past.

Under the George W. Bush administration, environmentalists accused the Fish and Wildlife Service of doing shoddy research. Polar bears, trumpeter swans, prairie dogs: All were up for Endangered Species...

USFS change aims to resolve project objections earlier in review process

April 11, 2013

In U.S. Forest Service-speak, we’re switching from a 215 to a 218. The difference in digits determines how and when someone can protest a timber sale or a road decommissioning, or any other Forest Service project that needs an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.

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BLM hits pause button on controversial Thompson Divide leases

April 10, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management today announced it is extending the life of about two dozen oil and gas leases set to expire in Colorado's Thompson Divide area, a move designed to buy time for additional environmental reviews and to allow more talks with local groups and governments that oppose...

USFWS to consider protection for black-backed woodpecker

April 10, 2013

A woodpecker that depends on intense wildfires for the standing dead trees where it feeds on insects is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will take a closer look at the black-backed woodpecker. A decision is...

Federal plan seeks landowners to protect Missouri River basin

April 10, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing a major new effort to work with private landowners along a pristine stretch of the Missouri River that bisects Nebraska and South Dakota in an effort to preserve thousands of acres of sensitive lands and dozens of ecologically significant fish species.

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Americans' concern about global warming rises, says Gallup poll

April 10, 2013

A poll released today suggests Americans' concern about global warming is on the upswing.

The Gallup survey shows 58 percent of Americans worry "a great deal or a fair amount" about global warming, up from 51 percent who expressed concern about climate change two years ago.

The new...

New federal land use plan draws ire of Wyoming counties, industry

April 9, 2013

The federal government's nearly complete land-use-plan revision for a 2.4 million-acre area from northwest of Dubois to southeast of Jeffrey City is drawing the ire of some in the area, including county governments and a major energy producer.

Calgary, Alberta-based Encana Oil and Gas and...

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