"Interior Secretary David Bernhardt issued an unprecedented emergency withdrawal last night of public lands, shifting control of a 70-mile stretch to the U.S. military to speed construction of the wall along the southern border with Mexico."
"Bulldozers and excavators rushing to install President Trump’s border barrier could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in coming months, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post."
"Construction of a 30ft-high section of Donald Trump’s border barrier has begun in the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument in southern Arizona, a federally protected wilderness area and Unesco-recognized international biosphere reserve."
"The Trump administration on Thursday said it would seek to open up the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, picking the most aggressive development option for an area long closed to drilling."
"Frome, a market town in the county of Somerset, is petitioning the British government to grant the River Frome “legal personhood” – in effect, giving it human rights."
"Could a swath of the B.C. Flathead Valley become a national park?"
"Interior Department Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt keeps the courage of other men in mind. It helps when hassles arise, whether from bad traffic or his responsibilities as the new internal watchdog for a department of some 70,000 employees."
"Democrats tore into the chief of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at a hearing Tuesday, questioning the merits of a Department of Interior plan to decentralize the public land agency and send its top officials west."
A new rule expands hunting and fishing in National Wildlife Refuges and fish hatcheries, and that means potential impacts on critically important public policy around fish and wildlife conservation. The latest TipSheet offers up story ideas and resources for local coverage of the story.