Zinke’s bumbling gives ‘eco-obstructionists’ leverage over resource development

Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order. Paul Dreissen Watt’s Up With That? Off to a bumbling start at Interior Was it because […]

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Obama DOI employees paid millions while under investigation for misconduct, sexual harassment

The National Park Service spent the most on administrative leave among DOI agencies, with 69 employees on leave for nearly 62,000 hours at a cost of more than $2 million. Indian Affairs put the greatest number of employees on administrative leave at 83, for a total of nearly 55,000 hours, costing $1.8 million. Ethan Barton Daily Caller News Foundation Department […]

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Dependence on foreign minerals can be addressed with faster permitting, fewer regulations

To address supply chain vulnerability and import dependence, President Trump and Congress should examine ways to speed up permitting of new U.S. mines and smelters, eliminate duplicative regulations and support policies that encourage resource and materials innovation. JS Jacques Fox Business Opinion Even as President Trump impresses markets by putting infrastructure investment and renewed manufacturing leadership at the core of […]

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BLM ‘wild, scenic’ designation clashes with rancher’s water rights, bank stabilization efforts

The plaintiffs claim BLM’s own analysis found that state and county governments are already protecting the river, so leaving the segment undesignated wouldn’t threaten its wild and scenic values. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Oregon ranch fighting Rogue River management plans An Oregon ranch is challenging federal management plans for a 63.5-mile stretch of the Rogue river, arguing they’ll impede stabilization […]

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Kansas wildfire relief impeded by rigid federal rules, red tape

…one rancher even told him he ran out of ammunition shooting cattle injured in the fire. “They are shooting new baby calves, cows they worked their whole life to raise that kind of genetics and that type of cows. You can’t do anything, but you are there because you care about the cattle…” Amy Bickel Kansas AgLand Wildfire relief sees […]

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Federal withdrawal of resource-rich lands threatens Minnesota jobs, way of life

“This politically motivated decision, coming in the final days of the administration of President Barack Obama, is inconsistent with current national policy. It could result in devastating and irreversible damage to the citizens, communities and economy of the region. All a withdrawal would do is chase investment away from Minnesota and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign governments for […]

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BLM, horse ‘lovers’ group spar over genetic manipulation of wild horse herds

The government then returned the herds to the wild with significantly less genetic variation than it needs to survive, Front Range claims, in violation of the Wild Horse Act. And the government secured paid adoptions for the valuable horses it kept, according to the lawsuit. Karina Brown Courthouse News Service Federal Stampede over Wild Horse Breeding Program PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) […]

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Worried about carbon dioxide emissions? Logging is the answer!

The more concerned people are about climate change, the more they should be interested in active management to restore forest health. Yet many of the groups pushing urgent climate policies are the same groups that continue to fight logging, thinning, and other management necessary for healthy forests. The result is more of the same disaster we have seen unfolding for […]

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Wolf ESA plan should focus on species recovery, not shutting down ranchers

This plan set a recovery goal of 100 wolves, a target that was exceeded in 2014. However, instead of celebrating the recovery plan’s success by delisting the wolf and returning management to the states, the federal government decided to move the goal posts. It continues to manage the Mexican gray wolf under onerous ESA requirements, harming ranchers and other rural […]

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Forest Service to takeover private land in Colorado county where 96% already under federal control

“As a county with 96.5% public land (of which 48% is Wilderness or de facto wilderness), three national forests, and BLM land, we have a heightened level of interest in any further loss of private land in our County.” by Marjorie Haun On January 18, the Commissioners of Hinsdale County, Colorado wrote a letter to their representatives in Washington D.C. alerting them […]

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