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Northern Rockies population faces uncertain...

February 1, 2007
Wildlife groups cheered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision earlier this week to remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, yet many are concerned about a separate proposal to delist Rocky Mountain gray wolves later this year...

Diverse groups protest BLM lease sale near...

February 1, 2007
The Bureau of Land Management plan to offer 28 parcels of Wyoming lands in an upcoming oil and gas lease sale has been hit with complaints from a broad array of interests. Environmental activists, hunting groups and landowners alike claim the lease sales might result in harm to mule deer habitat....

Expanding bioenergy requires sustainable...

February 1, 2007
If the energy industry is going to run to the forests for its next source of fuel, sustainable forest management practices must be in place to prevent a "biofuels frenzy" that will bleed the woods fast and dry, speakers at a bioenergy conference in Washington, D.C., said last week.  ...

Lawsuit challenges new Forest Service policy on...

February 1, 2007
Two environmental groups have filed a legal challenge to the Forest Service's recent decision to not subject forest plans to environmental impact statements under the National Environmental Policy Act. Defenders of Wildlife and Forest Guardians on Monday asked the U.S. District Court in...

White House farm bill proposal pleasant surprise...

February 1, 2007
The Bush administration's proposal yesterday to increase spending for conservation incentives in the next farm bill is meeting the praise of environmental groups, who were concerned that the administration's budget crunch could leave the programs flatlined. Agriculture Secretary Mike...

Senators, Bush admin say growth partially to...

January 31, 2007
Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Bush administration and an inspector general yesterday took aim at the increased growth in rural and forested areas as a primary cost for the dramatic increases in wildland firefighting costs. Since 1990, 8.4 million new homes...

Wyoming officials, enviros question wolf...

January 30, 2007
The Bush administration's proposal yesterday to remove Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies has raised concerns among some environmentalists and Wyoming state officials about how that state's plans will factor into future management of the wolves. ...

FWS proposes delisting gray wolves without Wyoming

January 29, 2007
The Bush administration proposed delisting the Northern Rockies wolves today from the endangered species list and finalized the delisting of wolves in the Great Lakes. The Northern Rockies proposal includes Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, but Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall said the...

USFS facing 25 percent budget cut over three...

January 29, 2007
The White House and Congress are not expected to do the Forest Service any favors with future budgets, so the agency's Washington headquarters and nine regional offices will have to cut costs by 25 percent over the next three years, USFS Chief Dale Bosworth told employees last week."We...

Link between fires and climate on Senate...

January 29, 2007
The new chairman of the Senate Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee wants to "intensively" explore the link between global warming and worsening forest fires. "I don't think this is rocket science here," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told a Pinchot Institute for Conservation...
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