Environment

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Sage-grouse protection plans in the West under review by Biden administration

BY: - November 29, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management is updating Obama-era plans to manage the greater sage-grouse habitat in 10 Western states.The BLM has published a request for comments to help update management plans for the bird’s habitat in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and other Western states.  The Interior Department agency will review new scientific data, including […]

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How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

How could the infrastructure bill affect Idaho? It’s more than roads and bridges

BY: - November 22, 2021

There are many details to iron out about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, but mayors in Idaho cities large and small already have plenty of ideas for how the funds could improve their communities. The $1.2 trillion bill was supported by 19 Republicans in […]

Cyclists in Glacier National Park

Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. Senate approved by voice vote late Thursday the nomination of Charles F. Sams III as the first confirmed National Park Service director since 2017. Sams, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., will be the first tribal member to lead the Park Service in the agency’s […]

Martha Williams

Montana pick to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife vows ‘collaborative conservation’ at agency

BY: - November 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pledged Wednesday to let science guide decision-making at the agency and to collaborate with government and private partners. Martha Williams, the former director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that wildlife […]

Sen. Joe Manchin

U.S. senators urge increased production of fossil fuels in reaction to spiraling energy costs

BY: - November 16, 2021

Days after global leaders agreed for the first time to decrease coal usage and subsidies for fossil fuels, U.S. senators battled over rising gasoline prices and urged action on the high cost of energy — including by increasing production of coal, oil and gas. The Tuesday hearing, led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman […]

A C-130J Hercules assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing based at Channel Islands Air National Guard Base in Port Hueneme, California, drops fire retardant chemicals onto a ridge line above Santa Barbara, Dec. 13, 2017, as part of the effort to contain the Thomas Fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

Climate funds in infrastructure bill aimed at drought, wildfires, floods, Interior says

BY: - November 10, 2021

 The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t just about roads and bridges — it also spends billions to address wildfire, drought, flooding and other effects from climate change, Interior Department officials said Wednesday. The $1.2 trillion measure, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after the House cleared it last week, includes pay raises for […]

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Kaine climate proposal aims to reduce stormwater pollution from military bases

BY: - November 4, 2021

Lawmakers from Chesapeake Bay states are looking to attach a climate-related provision to the must-pass annual defense bill. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.), introduced on Thursday legislation that would allow the Defense Department to use several sources of federal funds to undertake stormwater management projects at military bases. The plan also has been backed by […]

Badlands National Park

U.S. Senate committee advances nomination for National Park Service director

BY: - November 2, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a voice vote Tuesday approved Charles F. Sams III’s nomination to lead the National Park Service.  Sams, an Oregonian who would be the first enrolled tribal member to be NPS director, won the support of several Republicans on the committee.  Ranking Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming […]

National Interagency Fire Center

Prescribed burns in Boise National Forest planned through February

BY: - November 2, 2021

Fire managers will conduct prescribed burns on about 410 acres in the Boise National Forest over the next four months to reduce vegetation fuels and lower the risk of large wildfire potential to communities.  In addition to the prescribed burns, fire managers will burn hand piles and debris piles at 17 different sites in the […]

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Biden to outline major methane reduction strategy at UN climate conference

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Biden administration plans to release a comprehensive methane reduction plan as part of the president’s participation in the United Nations climate summit, administration officials said Monday. In addition to a comprehensive White House plan, several executive agencies will take action on methane, administration officials told reporters on a background call Monday.  The officials said […]

President Biden at COP26 summitt

Biden calls for ‘decade of action’ on climate, apologizes for Trump exit from Paris Accord

BY: - November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden urged the international community on Monday to transition to clean energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and help developing nations adapt to a changing climate.  Speaking at a pivotal United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said worsening wildfires and once-in-a-century storms hitting every few years show that there’s only […]