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President Obama has named Janice Schneider as the new assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management.
A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Banking On Nature: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation, shows that for every $1 appropriated by Congress to run the Refuge System, nearly $5 is generated in local economies. Despite the fact that the Refuge System has seen a significant increase in visitation, it has faced severe funding cuts. As Congress considers the budget bills for Fiscal Year 2014, the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement(CARE) calls upon the House of Representatives and the Senate to fund the Refuge System at $499 million this year.
President Obama signed an executive order today for resilience in the face of climate change.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released three more of the 15 draft land use plans and environmental impact statements that comprise its National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The strategy is intended to guide management of tens of millions of acres of federal public lands in the West and will ultimately determine the fate of the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The latest plans cover 31 million acres of publicly owned sage-grouse habitat in parts of five states.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spoke today at the National Press Club about conserving and protecting our national treasures and resources for future generations. In her comments, Secretary Jewell stressed the importance of approving renewable energy on public lands, in concurrence with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
Defenders of Wildlife Hails Nomination of Rhea Suh as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the bi-state, or Mono Basin sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and proposed to designate more than 1.8 million acres of critical habitat to support its recovery. The bi-state sage-grouse are a genetically distinct subpopulation of the more widely-ranged greater sage-grouse and with a population that averages 5,000 birds in a limited area of sagebrush habitat on the border of California and Nevada.
The United States Senate has settled on an agreement that averts, for the time being, a potentially devastating impact on our economy.
Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation into law that will require hunters to use non-lead ammunition, to be phased in by 2019. The bill, authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, and Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will eliminate what nationally-renowned scientists say is the number one source of unregulated lead left in our environment.
The Obama administration has announced that it will allow states to open national parks that have been closed due to the shutdown.