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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public Lands/Wilderness

More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. Pollsters from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research also found that support increases when participants hear details on what protections would mean for the canyonlands. ...Read More

Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. According to analysts, state and federal regulators failed to ensure that self-bonded companies had sufficient and enforceable resources for restoration. Fifty U.S. coal companies have filed for ...Read More

Idaho will receive $500,000 to restore habitat for sage-grouse after recent summers' devastating wildland fires. (twildlife/iStockphoto)

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in Boise today to announce $10 million in funding for projects to help Western landscapes bounce back after a wildfire. The projects include about $500,000 for the Bureau of Land Management to remove invasive juniper trees that have grown after ...Read More

The Owyhee Canyonlands are sometimes called the Grand Canyon of Oregon. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Owyhee Canyonlands are the "connective tissue" for surrounding land in the West, according to a new study. Researchers with Conservation Science Partners compared the southeastern area of Oregon with Bureau of Land Management and other lands across the West and found the Owyhee ...Read More

Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa ...Read More

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed changes to its forest management plan that would increase logging in western Oregon. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Conservation groups filed a protest yesterday against the Bureau of Land Management's latest proposal to change forest management in western Oregon. The BLM's revision eliminates some protections against logging near streams, and could put the state out of step with the Northwest ...Read More

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Utah and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (millsrymer/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservationists recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, causing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Utah and the Sou ...Read More

North Carolina's butterflies and other pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds are impacted by industrial and agricultural development. (Angelique Hjarding)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina's Butterfly Highway isn't going to shorten your nightly commute, but it will make it more scenic. The project began a year ago in the Charlotte area as an effort to increase the network of pollinator habitats in the community, and make it easier for butterfli ...Read More

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