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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


Why is the Greater sage-grouse part of a defense spending bill?

Judith Kohler April 15, 2015

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The National Wildlife Federation opposes an unrelated provision stuck on the National Defense Authorization Act and backed by the House Armed Services Committee that will do nothing to help national security but could doom efforts to conserve one of the West’s signature species.

Colorado Senate Bill 232 is more than a study – it’s a land grab in the making

Judith Kohler April 15, 2015

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Why am I afraid of SB232 actually making it through the legislature? Lawyers not looking to make money off the latest Sagebrush Rebellion agree the Constitution gives the federal government authority over the public lands and the absolute right to decide whether to keep or get rid of those lands.

But legal arguments aren’t going to break this land-grab fever raging through the West. While states from Montana to New Mexico spent the winter debating the issue, Congress has been lining up bills to undermine federal agencies’ authority to manage our national public lands, hamstring presidents’ ability to establish national monuments and, in the case of Nevada, authorize the transfer of certain national public lands to the state. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has promised hearings this spring and summer on federal land ownership in the West. 

Colorado Sportsmen Target Bills that Threaten State’s Public Lands

Judith Kohler April 15, 2015

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“Sportsmen are particularly disappointed that Colorado lawmakers chose to listen to the extreme voices calling for the dismantling of our public lands legacy. Legislators should be listening to the sportsmen and women and all the other people who use public lands in their districts,’’ said Bill Dvorak, a fishing and rafting guide and public lands organizer for the National Wildlife Federation.

Arizona Seeks to Modernize Renewable Energy Development

Brad Powell

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The Public Lands Renewable Energy Act seeks to modernize the development of renewable energy resources while protecting critical fish and wildlife habitat on federal lands.