Tag Archives: U.S. Department of the Interior

(EnviroNews Nature) — On August 30, 2017, WildEarth Guardians (Guardians), a nonprofit environmental group legendary for suing the federal government on wildlife issues, sued the Trump Administration — this time for stripping the iconic Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) of its endangered species status…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — On August 4, 2017, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke published a memorandum calling for the immediate revision of the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan. This memo follows up on his June Secretarial Order to review sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) protections…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Whitefish, Montana — On June 28, 2017, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) released its 2017 recommendations to alter the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after its annual meeting in Montana. The resolution arrived at calls for an increase in state power over ESA implementation…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — On May 23, 2017, The Center for Biological Diversity (The Center) filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, demanding it reveal records of its censorship of government employees in relation to climate change topics. With this suit, The Center is…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — The White House has put its time and effort into developing a web page that asks if you’d like to discard what Wallace Stegner dubbed, “America’s best idea” – the National Park Service, along with any other federal agencies you…

(EnviroNews Montana) — Washington D.C. — EnviroNews Montana Exclusive: On April 25, 2017, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the “Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act” (Yellowstone Act) — a bill seeking to permanently ban mining on 30,000 public acres in the Paradise Valley of Montana, just outside Yellowstone National…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Blanding, Utah — Following President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13792, signed on April 26, 2017, which mandates the review of national monument designations dating back to 1996, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) Ryan Zinke headed to Utah with two-day’s…

(EnviroNews DC News Bureau) — Washington D.C. — President Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal was released in March and along with many cuts to environmental programs, it includes $120 million to restart licensing operations for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository (Yucca Mountain). This currently unused underground facility…

(EnviroNews Nature) — Washington D.C. — Nearly 14,000 documents related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have been preserved and made available for improved conservation efforts under a new initiative launched March 30, 2017, by Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders). “The Endangered Species Act is the strongest conservation law…

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Washington D.C. — On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI/Interior) under Secretary Ryan Zinke, alongside Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, announced a massive renewable energy lease: a 122,000-acre wind energy development lease,…