Trump admin delists Yellowstone-area grizzlies
The Fish and Wildlife Service is removing Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from the endangered species list and returning management of the iconic behemoths to states and Native American tribes.
OIL AND GAS
BLM pulls lease parcels near Zion after public outcry
The Bureau of Land Management for the second time has pulled two industry-nominated parcels near Zion National Park from a planned oil and gas lease sale after receiving tens of thousands of comments expressing concern about impacts to Utah's most visited national park.
Western governors fret as Zinke ponders review of grouse plans
The bipartisan governors of Wyoming and Colorado are urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to consult with states before undertaking any major changes to federal greater sage grouse plans, arguing that "wholesale changes" to the Obama-era conservation blueprint "are likely not necessary at this time."
BLM budget details reveal cuts to conservation positions
The Bureau of Land Management's fiscal 2018 budget proposes to reassign potentially dozens of agency staff working on greater sage grouse and sagebrush conservation and restoration efforts into other agency programs.
Budget would gut federal sage grouse conservation plans
President Trump's budget request calls for cutting a significant chunk of funding for the Bureau of Land Management's ongoing effort to implement sweeping greater sage grouse conservation plans, a move observers say is a clear signal the administration is backing away from the Obama-era plans.