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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision to reverse the Obama Administration’s sagebrush habitat guidance impacting sage grouse is winning praise from top Western lawmakers. “We welcome Interior’s willingness to move towards a common-sense modification which will better protect the sagebrush habitat for the grouse,” a spokesperson for the U.S. …
Western officials critical of the sage grouse plans finalized under the Obama administration expressed cautious optimism regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recent secretarial order that directs a review of conservation plans for the bird in 11 Western states. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he “appreciates” that Zinke’s review includes collaboration with states, and that Zinke “has taken time to review my letters regarding sage grouse.”
Nearly 30 years after serving in Ronald Reagan’s administration, William Perry Pendley is back at the Interior Department, this time as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Speaking by phone one floor down from his old office, Pendley told Western Wire he is looking forward to tackling a new set of challenges.
The House Natural Resources Committee today heard testimony on a package of five bills aimed at reforming the Endangered Species Act by promoting greater state and federal cooperation and eliminating other “perverse incentives” like excessive “sue-and-settle” litigation and land-use restrictions that threaten economic and resource development in the West. Kent Holsinger, founder and manager of Holsinger Law, LLC, a Denver-based law firm specializing in land, wildlife, and water law told the committee it was time to update the ESA, which had moved on from protecting species in a cooperative manner between states and the federal government into a frenzy of “listing through litigation” by non-governmental organizations.
More than 40 years after becoming law, the Endangered Species Act has become almost unworkable for state and local officials in the West and needs to be reformed, former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) told a U.S. Senate hearing today. “Over time, the mix of regulations, court decisions, policy guidance and individual agency actions by Presidential administrations of different but still well intentioned views have created a nearly unworkable system,” Freudenthal said in written testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepares to exit at the end of the year, and candidates for his replacement are in the mix to be announced before the Christmas holiday, Western Wire takes a look at some of the key policies he advanced that will likely continue under the next head of the agency. Revamping and modernizing the responsiveness of Interior and its sub-agencies, like the Bureau of Land Management, or seeking dedicated funding for maintenance backlogs at the National Park Service are policies promoted by Sec. Zinke that enjoyed strong, bipartisan support.
The Bureau of Land Management has a new acting director after Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tapped Brian Steed to take over. Steed, formerly chief of staff for Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), will replace Mike Nedd, acting director for BLM since March.