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Ariz. regulators reaffirm sprawling development...

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 Resources (...

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 Jamie...

Industry seeks Supreme Court review of landmark...

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 District of...

GOP lawmakers want to strip president’s monument...

April 22, 2013
Congressional Republicans on Tuesday pushed legislation to exempt their states — including Utah — from the president’s power to unilaterally designate national monuments. A month after President Barack Obama named five new national monuments — and on the 105th anniversary of the designation of Utah...

USFS begins public review of ski area water...

April 22, 2013
The Forest Service on this week launched the first of several public meetings and forums as it outlines a contentious push to secure water rights used by ski areas on public land. "There is a fundamental difference of opinion that will be hard to overcome," said Jim Pena, the Forest Service's...

Wyo. groups appeal judge's fracking trade...

April 22, 2013
A coalition of environmental and landowner groups has appealed a decision that individual ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing can be protected under Wyoming's trade secrets law. The group, which includes the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, appealed the...

Tight budgets spur NPS push for more private...

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 Foundation...

Regulators seek more information on Otter Creek...

April 22, 2013
Montana environmental regulators want more information on a proposed Otter Creek coal mine after finding deficiencies in an application for the project. St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. is proposing a mine that would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private coal...

USFS buys more land to add to Lewis and Clark NF

April 19, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service, partnering with not-for-profit organizations, has purchased an additional 2,360 acres of land in the Tenderfoot Creek drainage northwest of White Sulphur Springs in an ongoing effort to protect wildlife habitat and ensure public access. The Forest Service has worked with...

'There's a growing disconnect between...

April 19, 2013
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell last night said she's looking forward to introducing more Americans to the national parks, warning that there is a "growing disconnect" between people and nature. Jewell spoke to hundreds of people at the National Parks Conservation Association's annual Salute to the...
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