Natural Resources

House OKs Lands Bill with Photo Fees, Permits — Now It's Up to Senate

The Senate Energy Committee last November approved a different version of the bill which seems to include an exemption from fees and permits for "news gathering." But whether it will pass on the floor or get reconciled with the House bill in an election year is unknown.

"Sage Grouse: Enviros Sue To Force Changes To Federal Plans"

"A coalition of environmental groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's sweeping greater sage grouse conservation plans across the West, claiming they are riddled with loopholes, scientific flaws and "political compromises" and won't protect the bird or its habitat."

Source: Greenwire, 02/26/2016

House Republicans Seek To Open Up National Forests To Mining, Logging

"Congress is to consider two bills that would allow states to hand over vast tracts of federal land for mining, logging or other commercial activities – just weeks after the arrest of an armed militia that took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon in protest at federal oversight of public land."

Source: Guardian, 02/25/2016

Obama Creates 3 New Calif. Desert Monuments, Protects 1.8 Million Acres

"President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading."

Source: LA Times, 02/12/2016

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