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Bureau of Land Management

A new rule proposed by the Bureau of Land Management could cut years off of lengthy land use planning debate. The agency said “Planning 2.0” would streamline procedures that have taken up to eight years in the past. A major component of the initiative includes more opportunities for early public involvement, rather than later on when the agency has already spent years working on a plan. The BLM said one of its primary goals of the proposed planning rule is to improve the agency’s ability to...

Cynthia Lummis

Environmentalists around the West are looking hard at what a Trump administration means for issues like wildlife conservation and federal land takeovers. National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara said, on the campaign trail, Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Junior, both expressed disapproval for the idea of putting federal lands in state control. “I mean, Mr. Trump himself in different interviews talked about keeping public lands public and not selling them off. So we’re...

It isn’t easy to get your kids to play outdoors, but the National Wildlife Federation is encouraging families to make that a New Year’s resolution. The “Be Out There” campaign offers tips and advice to parents who pledge to help get their kids to play outdoors every week. Campaign manager Lindsay Legendre says their survey found that 94 percent of parents say kids aren’t getting enough time outside. The barriers include things such as weather, concerns about safety, and the lure of technology...

A new National Wildlife Federation Poll shows that protecting public lands and addressing climate change is big for those who hunt and fish. Given a choice between protecting America’s public lands and prioritizing the production of oil, gas and coal, 49 percent want to protect public lands and just 35 percent choose fossil fuel production. John Gale of the Wildlife Federation says maintaining and improving access to public lands also ranked high on the priority list. He says those who fish...