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NRCS Updating Conservation Practices

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week that it will be accepting comments on proposed changes to its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. The NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to landowners to implement [...]

FY 2015 Appropriations Update: Agriculture

Update  The House and Senate Appropriations committees have each approved bills to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for FY 2015; those bills are now awaiting a vote by the full chamber before the end [...]

FY 2015 Appropriations Update: Interior and Environment

Before heading to August recess at the end of July, both the House and Senate developed appropriations bills that would fund the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Forest Service [...]

FWS Bans Controversial Pesticides in Refuge System

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last month that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides will be phased out throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) by 2016. In a memorandum to regional refuge chiefs, [...]

FWS Withdraws Listing Recommendation for Wolverine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officially withdrew its 2013 recommendation to list the wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act this week despite disagreement from federal field biologists. The biologists recommended listing because, [...]

FWS Extends Comment Period for Greater Sage Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced plans to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule to list select populations of the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as threatened under the Endangered [...]

British Columbia Releases Five-Year Plan for Vulnerable Species

Last month, the British Columbia government released a plan outlining its proposed management actions from 2013 to 2017 to protect and conserve the province’s species at risk. The plan, titled Protecting Vulnerable Species: A Five-Year Plan [...]

Changes to Farm Bill Programs Open for Comment

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced this week that it is accepting comments on proposed changes to its conservation programs as required by the Farm Bill passed earlier this year. The NRCS administers a host [...]

Bill to Increase the Price of Duck Stamps Passes Committee

A bill that would increase the price of duck stamps passed the House Natural Resources committee earlier this week by voice vote. Chairman John Fleming (R-LA) — who sponsored the bill — touted the price increase [...]

Obama Proposes Disaster Funds for Fighting Wildfires

UPDATE Last month President Obama requested $3.57 billion in a supplemental funding bill in the Senate, of which a much-needed $615 million will go to battling wildfires. The bill also includes language to fund future wildfires [...]