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The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 

Courtesy Neils Hansen.

A congressional committee is focusing on a little known environmental law Thursday.

 

Department of Interior

The Trump Administration has finally nominated a director for the National Park Service. The new director will manage a public lands system facing record-breaking visitation and $11 billion in maintenance backlog.

 

Bureau of Land Management

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released more details about his plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. The plan could have big impacts for public lands in the west.

 

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The Trump Administration has announced details to its agriculture mitigation program. The move is a reaction to what the White House says is “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations," and is meant to offset financial losses for producers who depend on global exports.

National Forest Service

Fewer federal land workers are being threatened and assaulted on the job, according to a new analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 

U.S. Senate committees will hold hearings this week on the Trump administration's plan to reorganize the government. It includes a department that manages millions of acres of public lands in our region.

A bipartisan group of indigenous state lawmakers just published a letter condemning the President’s use of the name “Pocahontas” in a recent Montana rally. They say it hurts the already-wounded image of Native American women.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Images

Wednesday morning, a senate committee will consider the nomination of an Idaho attorney for a spot on the bench of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court itself has been in the political crosshairs of President Trump.

Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park | Flickr Creative Commons

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—
including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.

 

Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

President Trump has overturned a rule requiring outfitters to pay river and backcountry guides on public lands a minimum wage.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

When you hear about companies like REI or Patagonia, you might think about tents, rain jackets or hikers in puffy coats on a mountaintop. But how about politics? These outdoorsy companies are part of a new wave of business advocates fighting for public lands.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist have packed their schedules with visits to rural communities around the state as they attempt to shore up votes before the May 15  primary.


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