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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: federal agents are searching the scene of the standoff at the Oregon wildlife refuge; for college students it’s time to think about financial aid; California has a monumental moment with President Obama.

Public Lands/Wilderness

The BLM plans a public hearing Tuesday in Farmington on its proposed regulations for release of methane gas from wells on federal lands. (greturusangel/morguefile)

FARMINGTON, N.M. - The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing in Farmington on Tuesday about proposed regulations for releasing natural gas from wells on federal lands. According to the agency, the rule is designed to reduce venting, leaking and flaring of methane to cut waste and emi ...Read More

President Obama announced the creation of a new Mojave Trails National Monument today, along with two others: Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. (bryn_jones)

The southern California desert soon will have three new national monuments - Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. The White House announced today that President Obama intends to use his authority this week under the Antiquities Act to establish the monuments, since Congress has failed t ...Read More

North Carolina's views are often protected by the efforts of area land trusts who work to secure land and protect it from development. (Doug Kerr/Flickr.com)

TRYON, N.C. - On an average morning thousands of North Carolinians wake up to the sight of a dusting of snow on area mountaintops. And while individuals can own much of the land, the state's 25 land conservancies are working to protect the views for everyone to enjoy. They're guided by the princ ...Read More

President Obama's budget proposals fully fund drought-fighting measures that are supported by conservation groups. (NOAA)

LOS ANGELES - California conservation groups are cheering President Obama's new budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 because it fully funds important anti-drought measures. For example, the budget would put $2 million toward better instruments to measure the water flowing through the Klamath Basin ...Read More

Scientists say they found a new Lyme-disease causing bacteria in several Midwestern states, including North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Nature lovers beware. Scientists believe they have found a new species of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors found at least six cases in patients only in the upper Midwest. Microbiologist Dr. Jeannine Peterse ...Read More

Conservation groups are fighting to remove a dam in Southeastern Montana in order to save the endangered pallid sturgeon. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

GLENDIVE, Mont. - The public has a little over a week left to offer opinions about the fight to save an ancient species of fish from localized extinction on the Yellowstone River in Southeastern Montana. The endangered pallid sturgeon has survived for millennia, and individual fish can live 60 ye ...Read More

Agriculture is the major source of nitrogen and sediment pollution.  (Lynn Betts/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmentalists are concerned that the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday is short of the resources needed to meet the state's clean water obligations. Harry Campbell, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania office says it will take almost $380 millio ...Read More

Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of ...Read More

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