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A reality check on Biden’s '30 by 30' conservation plan

President Joe Biden's plan to protect 30% of U.S. land and water, over 720 million acres, by 2030 - what’s become known as the “30 by 30 plan” - has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out. ... Read more»

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No details yet on Biden's '30 by 30' conservation plan, but Republicans slam it as a 'land grab'

Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased “30 by 30 plan” to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, calling it “the radical 30 by 30 land grab initiative.”... Read more»

Montana conservationist to be tapped to head U.S. Bureau of Land Management

President Joe Biden intends to nominate National Wildlife Federation senior adviser and veteran Montana Democrat Tracy Stone-Manning to direct the Bureau of Land Management, an individual familiar with the process confirmed to States Newsroom Wednesday. ... Read more»

U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate.... Read more»

GOP senators from the West grill Haaland for a second day

In a bitter and at times high-decibel round of questioning at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Interior nominee Rep. Deb Haaland again fielded questions from Senate Republicans from oil and gas-producing states about the Biden administration’s energy policies. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, would run the $21 billion agency that oversees more than 450 million acres of public land. ... Read more»

Critics grill Haaland; backers point to historic nature of nomination

While Senate Republicans used the Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, supporters at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing focused mostly on the historic nature of the nomination. ... Read more»

Analysis

In last-minute rule change, Trump administration rolls back water-saving standards for showerheads

President Trump has turned efficiency standards into symbols of intrusive government. His latest target: showerheads.... Read more»

Biden and the future of Trump’s border wall

President-elect Joe Biden made a campaign promise to stop building Donald Trump’s border wall. But how will the incoming administration will repair the damage — environmental, cultural and political — the wall’s already done?... Read more»

Definition of 'essential' probed in ranchers’ beef over jaguar habitat

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 764,207 acres of land in Arizona and the southwest corner of New Mexico as critical habitat for a jaguar population concentrated 130 miles south in Mexico, but the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau argued before the 10th Circuit last Wednesday that land designated in the state for the predators isn’t essential to their conservation.... Read more»

Democrats move to block Trump from weakening Endangered Species Act

Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal rules the Trump administration used to reduce protections under the Endangered Species Act. ... Read more»

House panel asked to approve water-rights deal for Hualapai, Freeport

The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014 would guarantee some water rights for the Hualapai Tribe, allow Freeport Minerals Corp. to continue operating its Bagdad copper mine and provide the state with lands for wildlife protection, supporters said. ... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said. ... Read more»1

Poll: Hispanics overwhelmingly support conservation and tourism

A new survey claims that Latino voters in Western states believe the government should protect public lands and they want to be consulted on land-policy issues. Pollsters attributed that sentiment to the generations-long ties many Hispanic families have to the region... Read more»

Babbitt calls on president, Congress to focus on conservation efforts

Former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt called for more active land preservation by the federal government Tuesday, criticizing what he called Washington’s neglect of public lands.... Read more»

Feds to propose 3rd Az 'solar zone'

The Bureau of Land Management is set to identify a third parcel of land in Arizona on Friday as a potential site for development of utility-scale solar-power projects.... Read more»

Tucson's Bill Roe picked to lead state Dems

Tucson environmental activist Bill Roe was tapped Saturday to lead Arizona's Democrats. He was elected by acclamation at a party meeting in Phoenix.... Read more»

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