October 31, 2013 |
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday called on Congress to move past partisan bickering and fully fund the nation's parks and wildlife refuges, invoking Teddy Roosevelt's call to conservation as a "moral issue. " Delivering her first major address in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, Jewell chided lawmakers who support the partial government shutdown then criticized the National Park Service for closing cherished monuments. “The real test of whether you support conservation is not what you say in a press conference when the cameras are rolling,” she said, “but whether you fight for it in the budget conference.” Jewell took office in April and faced a 5% across-the-board sequestration cut in the budgets of the agencies she oversees.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Just as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell started her job in April, her department was faced with across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Then there was the 16-day partial government shutdown last month, where the National Park Service took heat from Congress and the public for shuttering parks and monuments. The shutdown served as a reminder of "what's at stake" for America's public lands, Jewell told a group Thursday at the National Press Club, where she highlighted the importance of a conservation legacy amid budget cuts, tensions between development and conservation, and climate change.
September 4, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A major government critic of the Bureau of Land Management's treatment of wild horses in the West was in Nevada on Wednesday to inspect an agency corral housing 1,500 mustangs recently rounded up from federal range land. Arizona Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, the top Democrat on a congressional panel on public lands, is taking a tour with several animal advocates for a up-close view of a program that has divided activists and federal officials in 10 states across the West. “The congressman has been tracking the wild horse and burro issue for pretty much the entire time he's been on committee, over the last 10 years,” Brandon Bragato, a senior legislative assistant for the congressman, told the Los Angeles Times.
August 22, 2013 |
President Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916, created a National Park Service that would "... conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations. " Ninety-seven years later, the system has grown to oversee more than 84 million acres of public lands. To mark Founders Day on Sunday, parks across the nation will waive entrance fees. The deal: In addition to free entrance, many parks have special free events planned too. --At Theodore Roosevelt National Park , the "president" will show up between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time at the South Unit Visitor Center in Medora, N.D. -- Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, will host events on culture and natural diversity all day at the park's visitor center.
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July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service said it needs five more months to finish a plan to "protect and enhance" the Merced River, which runs for 81 miles inside Yosemite National Park The park service is facing criticism for proposing to eliminate some popular tourist amenities in Yosemite, including bike and raft rentals, swimming pools, a snack stand, an ice-skating rink and some hiking trails Kathleen Morse, the park's chief of planning, said...
July 9, 2013 |
Congressional Republicans are exploiting the tragedy of the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona to call for the aggressive thinning of forests, saying that the failure to cut down more trees is leading to increased fire risk. It's a cynical political move; thick forests had nothing to do with the blaze that killed 19 firefighters. Why? Because Yarnell wasn't a forest fire; it was a brush fire in an area covered mainly by desert scrub and chaparral. In their rush to blame Democratic policies for the deaths and, while they are at it, to provide a giveaway to the logging industry, the Republicans aren't letting facts get in the way. Within days of the devastating news that all but one member of an elite firefighting team had perished, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation arranged an oversight hearing on the topic for Thursday.