Bill to Protect Wildlife to Get Vote in D.C.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A bipartisan bill designed to proactively manage wildlife species to keep them off the endangered list is pending when Congress reconvenes next week.

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would dedicate $1.4 billion a year toward voluntary conservation efforts for at-risk wildlife species. The money would be spent by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and its counterparts in other states to implement their wildlife action plans

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BLM issues policy to reduce wildfire risk around power lines on public lands

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Building on the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the threat of wildfires through active management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California State Office today issued a new policy to limit fire risk from power lines crossing BLM-managed public lands.

The policy provides guidance for effective operations and maintenance actions, such as vegetation management and pole replacement, within and adjacent to electric transmission and distribution line rights-of-way, also known as ROWs.

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Trump Admin. OKs Fracking, Drilling on 1 Million Acres in CA

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VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – The Trump administration on Thursday took the final step to allow oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of federal public land on California's central coast and San Joaquin Valley, despite a flood of public comment in opposition. 

The Bureau of Land Management will now allow new lease sales in 2020 on land that stretches across Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties. 

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Congress, not presidential proclamation, should establish national parks

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This summer, the National Park Service (NPS) celebrated its 103rd anniversary. The NPS, the leading agency responsible for maintaining national parks and monuments, remains popular among the general public. Yet, the reservation of public lands is not without controversy, especially when it comes to national monuments.

One key difference between national parks and national monuments is how they are created. National parks can only be established by an act of Congress. Monuments, on the other hand, are established by presidential proclamation.

The power to establish monuments comes from the Antiquities Act of 1906. The original purpose of the Antiquities Act, as its name suggests, was to allow the president to quickly protect antiquities and other historic objects from looters.

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Electric Bicycle use on Public Lands Increasing

Department of the Interior Pushes to Increase Access and Recreational Opportunities for Electric Bicycle Use on Public Lands

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WASHINGTON (Oct 22, 2019) – Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced its guidance to implement Secretary’s Order 3376, Increasing Recreational Opportunities Through the Use of Electric Bikes, which will allow the use of low-speed electric bicycles (e-bikes) at national wildlife refuges and other DOI-managed public lands where traditional biking occurs, expanding recreational opportunities and access to millions of Americans. The National Park Service (NPS) has previously issued guidance to allow for e-bikes to be used on most bike paths in the national parks.

Secretary’s Order 3376, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on August 29, directs DOI bureaus to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy for the lands they manage. The policy also supports Secretary’s Order 3366 to increase recreational opportunities on public lands.

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