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    PNS Daily News - April 27, 20150 


    The week beings with nonprofits and other aid groups scrambling to help survivors of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal; a “fetal homicide” bill raising concerns in Colorado; and guess which state’s governor is getting thanks from same sex couples.

Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are harshly criticizing the first few months of a GOP-led Congress they say has done nothing to benefit clean air, clean water or wilderness protection. Photo credit: Beth Little.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 114th U.S. Congress gets a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for the lawmakers' first four months of the session. The Climate Action Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Clean Water Action – among others – have tall ...Read More

PHOTO: A bipartisan survey from the Center for Western Priorities shows three quarters of New Mexicans, and a majority of Americans throughout much of the West, oppose states taking control of federally-managed public lands. Comments from Ivan Valdez, owner, The Reel Life (fly fishing store and guide service) in Santa Fe. Image available: photo of man fly fishing in the Rio Grande River. Photo courtesy of the Reel Life.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The battle over control of federally managed public lands in New Mexico doesn't seem to have an end in sight. During this year's legislative session, two bills which sought to create a study commission to consider state control of federal lands were defeated. Ivan Valdez, who owns ...Read More

PHOTO: In Arizona and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands, despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management.

PHOENIX – The battle over control of federally managed public lands in Arizona doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Following this year's legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed two bills (HB 2176, HB 2318), which sought state control of federal lands. Ducey did sign House Bill 2658 into ...Read More

PHOTO: In Nevada and other Western states, there are ongoing efforts by some lawmakers to try to gain control of federally managed public lands despite strong public opposition. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The battle over who controls public lands in Nevada is an issue state lawmakers are considering in the current legislative session. Assembly Bill 408, which sought state control of federally managed public lands in Nevada, was defeated this week. However, Senate Joint Re ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Senate holds a hearing today (Wed.) to consider the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It is credited with helping to preserve precious public lands around the country, including New Mexico's Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Efforts are under way in Congress today that could preserve a program that supporters say helps to add millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to New Mexico's economy. The U.S. Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on whether to reauthorize and fully ...Read More

PHOTO: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing today about the renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A collaboration spanning the Idaho-Montana border is hoping to secure LWCF money for conservation along the High Divide, which includes part of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

LEADORE, Idaho - The expiration date is approaching quickly for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has brought millions of dollars to Idaho in the past 50 years. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is taking up the topic today. Michael Whitfield, executive director of t ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of conservation and environmental groups are giving the Republican-led Congress a failing grade on protecting the nation's waterways and air. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups. The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public ...Read More

PHOTO: The Ebey Blockhouse on Whidbey Island is one of the historic farm buildings at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville. The reserve is a candidate for preservation in 2016 with Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SEATTLE - On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Energy Committee takes up the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has brought $600 million to the Evergreen State over the last 50 years for conservation and recreation projects. But the LWCF is set to expire this fall, and Congress h ...Read More

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