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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Endangered Species & Wildlife

PHOTO: A recent BLM Resource Development Plan is being widely criticized for putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of landowners, wildlife and the health of Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
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DENVER - Conservationists, land owners and local officials all say they're concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tres Rios Resource Management Plan. The plan opens up over 90 percent of the 800,000 acres managed by the BLM to oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Chris Saeg ...Read More

PHOTO: A resolution seeking state control of some federal lands in Nevada is among the items state lawmakers are considering during the current legislative session. Photo courtesy Nevada Division of State Lands.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – State lawmakers are considering a resolution that seeks state control of some federal public lands, which account for more than 80 percent of all land in Nevada. Senate Joint Resolution 1 (S.J.R.1) calls on Congress to enact legislation transferring title. But David von ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's congressional delegation has been graded on votes cast related to environmental issues. It's a mixed report card. Photo of the Great Bear Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's a mixed set of grades for Montana's congressional delegation in a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters. The scoring was based on votes related to environment, energy and public health last year. Sen. Jon Tester and former Sen. John Wals ...Read More

PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - From planting trees and grasses to "green up" neighborhoods, to restoration of storm-water systems, $1.6 million in grants for more than 80 projects have just been announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The group's executive director, Dr. Jana Davis, says they offer a wide range ...Read More

PHOTO: A grizzly bear is a rare sight, and even rarer in the North Cascades, where the last reported sighting was in 2010. Federal agencies are seeking public input as they determine how to increase grizzly numbers in an area that used to be prime habitat for the bears. Photo courtesy Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

WINTHROP, Wash. - Public meetings begin next week about recovering the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades. Federal agencies determined 20 years ago that this almost 10,000-square-mile area is prime territory for grizzly bear recovery, so their decision won't be whether to increase the pop ...Read More

PHOTO: Access and recreation on public lands are top benefits of living in Wyoming, even higher on the priority list than economic opportunities, quality of education and health care. Those findings are in a new poll.  Photo of the Bridger-Teton National Forest courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Access and recreation on public lands are top benefits of living in Wyoming, even higher on the priority list than economic opportunities, quality of education and health care, according to a recent poll. The latest Conservation in the West Poll also found that 53 percent want fede ...Read More

PHOTO: Fifty Montanans are expected at the State Capitol today for a rally to show displeasure with legislative plans to look at transferring federal public lands to state control. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans loaded on to buses early this morning to attend a rally today at the State Capitol to show displeasure with legislative actions to try to transfer national public lands to state control. A petition will be presented to Gov. Steve Bullock with more than 3,000 signatu ...Read More

PHOTO: There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner to show support preservation of bison herds in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's about "buff-love" for Valentine's Day in Montana. That's how organizers characterize a week of action to raise awareness about wild buffalo - also called bison. There's a march and candlelight vigil tonight in Gardiner. Stephany Seay, media coordinator with the Buffalo Field ...Read More

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