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Trump administration reissues grazing permit to Oregon arsonist ranchers

BURNS, Ore.  Jan. 4, 2021– In the very last moments of 2020, the Bureau of Land Management issued a proposed decision to award grazing privileges to Hammonds Ranches, Inc., despite the history of abuses of grazing privileges by these public land’s ranchers—including actions leading to arson convictions. The BLM notified interested parties of the decision on […]

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Lawsuit Launched Challenging Endangered Species Act Denial for Imperiled Bi-state Sage Grouse

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2020 – A coalition of conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect the imperiled Bi-State sage grouse population under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines. These genetically unique and isolated sage grouse inhabit […]

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To Revive Economy, Congress Should Invest $25 Billion in Protecting Wildlife, Restoring Public Lands

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2020 — As Congress works to restart the American economy, 200 wildlife, conservation and environmental justice groups today requested $25 billion in funding for a broad array of new and existing wildlife and public-lands conservation programs that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and benefit people, communities and the environment.  The […]

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Forest Service Announces Proposed Plan to Gut Sage-Grouse Protections on 5.4 Million Acres

BOISE, ID, Aug. 2, 2019 – The U.S. Forest Service followed the Bureau of Land Management’s lead this week in announcing proposed plans to gut existing protections for greater sage-grouse, despite the bird’s continuing downward spiral in population numbers and increasing threats to its habitats on public lands. The agency hasn’t yet unveiled the actual […]

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Administration Renewal of Oregon Ranchers’ Grazing Permit

PORTLAND, Ore. May 13, 2019 – Conservations groups filed suit today challenging former Interior secretary Ryan Zinke’s order to renew grazing permits for Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. Zinke’s January 2019 order, one of his last official acts, came despite the Bureau of Land Management’s 2014 decision to cancel the Hammonds’ privilege to graze […]

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Public Land Livestock Fees Hit Rock-Bottom

WASHINGTON February 22, 2019 – The U.S. Interior Department has reduced fees for grazing cattle and sheep on federal public lands to the minimum allowed under federal law, $1.35 an animal-month. Yesterday’s announcement applies to grazing in national forests and on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The 41-year old formula has […]

Posted inCalifornia

Trump order fast-tracks the destruction of western public lands in the name of fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 4, 2018 – President Trump is set to unveil a new Executive Order on Monday that fast-tracks “active management” of western public lands for the benefit of extractive industries and local economies, in the name of fire risk reduction. The Executive Order, currently posted on the advance page of the Federal Register, directs the […]

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Lawsuit Targets Trump Oil, Gas Leases Threatening Sage Grouse in Five States

BOISE, Idaho April 30, 2018 – Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging Trump administration policies that gut protections for imperiled greater sage grouse and allow oil and gas leases on nearly 2 million acres of the birds’ prime habitat. Today’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boise, says the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management […]

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Groups Call for Stronger Measures to Conserve Sage-Grouse

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 1, 2017 – Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse requires more habitat protection, not less. That’s the message conservation groups are delivering to the administration as it considers potentially devastating revisions to the landmark 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation planning initiative. The revisions, if enacted, would come at too high a cost to the sage-grouse and the […]

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Conservationists, Ranchers, Park Service Agree on Plan to Address Point Reyes Ranching, Elk Issues

OAKLAND, Calif.July 12, 2017— Conservation groups, the National Park Service, Point Reyes ranchers and Marin County filed a settlement agreement today that resolves litigation over cattle ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore and Marin County portions of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. As the plaintiffs requested in their lawsuit, the Park Service will decide […]