In the News

Judge forbids Forest Service from using 2005...

March 30, 2007
A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the Forest Service today from using its highly touted 2005 planning rule that governs how management plans are developed for 193 million acres of national forests. Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California...

Bush admin wants to give states more control over...

March 29, 2007
Following a firestorm of criticism over a leaked document detailing possible changes to regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act, Bush administration officials this week provided some confirmation of expected policy directions but cautioned that the document made public by environmental...

Former FWS director warns of oil and gas drilling...

March 29, 2007
Action should be taken to reform the pace and manner of mining and energy drilling on public lands in the intermountain West, according to a former Fish and Wildlife Service director Steve Williams, who appeared before the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.Williams said the increase in...

Political appointee pressured scientists to fix...

March 29, 2007
A high-ranking Interior Department official systematically pressured career employees into changing scientific documents and findings related to Endangered Species Act listings, Interior's inspector general said in a report released today. Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish,...

Senate Dems to move ahead on rural schools in...

March 27, 2007
Senate Democratic leaders plan to offer a floor amendment today to the war supplemental that would devote $5 billion to two grant programs for states and counties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture on the $121 billion spending bill yesterday. Reid will be joined by Sens....

Yellowstone grizzlies lose ESA protection

March 22, 2007
The Bush administration is removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the endangered species list. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall said today the final rule delisting the bear will be published in next week's Federal Register and will become effective in 30 days — about when the...

N.M. governor vetoes Gila River development bill...

March 22, 2007
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) vetoed legislation last week that would have funneled state funds toward controversial development projects on the Gila River. Meanwhile, a stakeholder group of water officials and local interests is studying options for protecting the state's last free-...

Rockies wolf population reached 1,300 in 2006

March 22, 2007
An annual count of gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountain area shows that there are now about 1,300 wolves in at least 173 packs (two or more adults) living in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Some 86 of those packs include a breeding pair — defined as a male and female adult and two or more...

New guidance minimizes species' historic...

March 19, 2007
The Bush administration is promoting a new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act that would allow agencies to protect plants and animals where they exist today rather than throughout their historic range. Interior Solicitor David Bernhardt outlined the interpretation in a memorandum Friday...

House members press to increase refuge funding

March 16, 2007
A coalition of House members is trying to gather support for funding increases for the National Wildlife Refuge system, which they say would be on the "brink of collapse" under current levels.Leaders of the "Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus," including Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis...
Syndicate content
Copyright © 2017 Red Lodge Clearinghouse. All rights reserved.