Future of BLM’s Renewable Energy Program: Rule codifies Smart from the Start

doi logoInterior Department Finalizes Rule Providing a Foundation for the Future of BLM’s Renewable Energy Program: Rule codifies BLM’s Smart from the Start approach, establishes a robust framework for competitive leasing, and increases transparency and certainty 

WASHINGTON – Advancing the President’s Climate Action Plan to create jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop clean domestic energy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its rule governing solar and wind energy development on public lands. The rule strengthens existing policies and creates a new leasing program that will support renewable energy development through competitive leasing processes and incentives to encourage development in suitable areas.

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Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats

House Natural ResourcesLetter: Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats

Washington, D.C. – Today,  House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerbate water shortages and increase threats of catastrophic wildfire. The designations include the proposed conversion of part of the Sierra Nevada National Forest into a national monument and expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

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EPA Releases Environmental Justice Strategic Plan for 2016-2020

On October 27, 2016, EPA released its Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda(EJ 2020). EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” EJ 2020 is EPA’s strategic plan for advancing environmental justice for the years 2016-2020.

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Cross-fostering for success

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and our Wolf Team partners have had success placing captive-born wolf pups with wild packs to raise as their own. The practice, known as cross-fostering, helps to bolster the genetic diversity of wild wolf packs.

Mexican wolf recovery program finds evidence of cross-fostering success

In their native habitat of the southwestern United States, the success of cross-fostered pups among the Mexican wolf population is being documented due to dedicated and collaborative efforts among several agencies and organizations, including the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), the Endangered Wolf Center (EWC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The organizations are working together to reintroduce the species to its native habitat in the American Southwest and Mexico.

 

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EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program

epa newsWASHINGTON - More than 4,400 environmental educators will gain training and leadership opportunities in 2017 through a new cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

EPA is funding up to $10.8 million over five years through the agency’s teacher training program, formally known as the National Environmental Education Training Program (NEETP).

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