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On Wednesday, June 7, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a secretarial order that charges an internal team with the review of all federal and state greater sage-grouse conservation plans finalized in September 2015. The team will have 60 days to evaluate whether the federal and state plans are complementary, and if deemed appropriate, will discuss modifying the federal plans to better align with the state plans.
With warmer weather here to stay, experts are anticipating a significant gypsy moth caterpillar infestation in 2017 that will no doubt jeopardize the health of forests across the eastern United States.
(Opinion) At a time when the new administration is proposing substantial cuts to federal funding for working lands natural resources conservation – and the crucial conservation planning assistance that makes the on-farm results possible – it is more important than ever that we do not lose sight of this core fact: voluntary conservation works.
Ag secretary: ‘There will be balance’ in U.S. forest management via Idaho Statesman
(Opinion) It is time to review how the Forest Service is accomplishing its mission and to reassure the American people that there will be balance in how our forests are managed. The ideal management of our public lands would be through shared stewardship, meaning federal agencies would communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with state and local governments and with citizens on how best to manage our public lands.
Soil and water conservation districts wage war on erosion via Herald and Review
These small county districts that work with agricultural groups, cities, and individuals have seen their state funding steadily decline over the last 15 years.
Zinke orders review of sage grouse conservation plans via Agri-Pulse
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is ordering a 60-day review of plans produced during the Obama administration for protecting the greater sage grouse across millions of acres in 10 states in the U.S. West.
Lack of data makes conservation difficult via Morning Ag Clips
American taxpayers spend millions of dollars each year to conserve privately owned lands. Yet, information about conserved private lands — including where they are and what protections are in place — can be hard to find, impeding the effectiveness of conservation efforts and taxpayer investments.
In recent years, dust storms have returned, driven mainly by drought. But farmers are making the problem worse by taking land where grass used to grow and plowing it up, exposing vulnerable soil.
Many ranchers are unnerved by the Republican party’s land transfer agenda, which aims to give away as much federal public land as possible to the states.
Dallas, Texas, is getting a lot greener. The city is building a 10,000-acre nature district — nearly 12 times as large as Manhattan's Central Park — along the Trinity River. Featuring plenty of walkways, sports fields, trees, and other flora, the site will become one of the largest urban parks in America.
Louisiana loses a football field of land every hour of the day. Natural flooding over thousands of years has built up the land. But modern flood control has stopped the natural cycle, and now the land is sinking.
Yellowstone Park says it’s winning against non-native fish via The Washington Post
Researchers trying to preserve native cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park say they are on track to eliminate non-native fish from Yellowstone Lake in about a decade.
Iowa's oak trees are sick, and some say farm chemicals are to blame via The Des Moines Register
Iowa’s state tree is under stress. Visible damage to oak trees in recent years may be caused by farm chemicals, forestry experts say.
Farmers and the Kellogg Company may have different backgrounds, but they all have the same goal: improving soil health.
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