BLM promises to pay contractors during shutdown
Dozens of ranchers and other landowners contracted by the Bureau of Land Management to care for thousands of federally protected wild horses and burros will once again start getting paid as the partial government shutdown drags on.
OIL AND GAS
Greens to Bernhardt: Stop leasing during shutdown
A coalition of more than 30 conservation groups pressed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to order his agency to "immediately cease work on any and all oil and gas permitting and planning activities."
BLM contractors unpaid, but animals are fine — for now
Some private landowners contracted by the Bureau of Land Management to care for tens of thousands of federally protected wild horses and burros say they are no longer getting paid due to the partial government shutdown.
Forest Service mulls sales that could lead to slaughter
The Forest Service may sell about 165 wild horses currently in holding at California's Modoc National Forest without limitations on the future use of the animals — even if that means some horses could end up in slaughterhouses.
Beetles cause 'widespread tree mortality' in Colo. — survey
Beetle infestations continue to rapidly spread in forests across Colorado and last year "caused widespread tree mortality" in and around Rocky Mountain National Park and other iconic landscapes.