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January 31, 2011 In The News
By: Mark Tapscott 01/28/11 Editorial Page Editor Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is the Colorado Democrat tapped by President Obama to manage the federal department that controls more land than many countries can claim within their borders. He's known for not infrequently wearing a cowboy hat and boots.
January 31, 2011 In The News
Phil Taylor, E&E News January 31, 2011 Nearly 60 Republican lawmakers, mostly from the West, on Friday asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to rescind a new policy that directs field managers to inventory and protect wilderness-quality lands, arguing that it would significantly affect rural economies.
January 28, 2011 Press Release
Outgoing Western Caucus Chairman Rob Bishop(R-UT) and Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), along with 47 House Members and eight Senators, sent a letter to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar today requesting that he withdraw Secretarial Order 3310, which creates a new Wild Lands classification for public lands.  The letter cautions that the DOI's Wild Lands policy will destroy jobs and severely handicap local economies.
January 27, 2011 Press Release
Today, a bipartisan coalition of House Members joined together to introduce legislation [H.R. 509] that will remove the Gray Wolf from consideration under the Endangered Special Act (ESA).  The following four lead members Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Mike Ross (D-AR) are calling for new management regime for the gray wolf that will empower state and local officials to create and implement recovery plans on a state by state basis.
January 26, 2011 Press Release
Today, Members of the Congressional Western Caucus joined together to unanimously name Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM) as the new Chairman and Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV) as Vice-Chairman of the Caucus for the 112th Congress.  Outgoing Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced that he is stepping down to fulfill his duties as the new Chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. 
January 6, 2011 Press Release
In an 11th hour move one day after Congress adjourned for the year, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials announced a new policy allowing the BLM to designate public lands as de facto wilderness without the approval of states or Congress.  The new policy, which overturns the Utah Wilderness Settlement Agreement, will allow the BLM to do an end-run around Congress by designating public lands as "Wild Lands" areas.  These new areas would be subject to similar regulations and restrictions as that of wilderness areas.
January 4, 2011 In The News
Wilderness Policy Sparks Western Ire An Initiative to Expand Protection of Unspoiled Lands Has Drawn Opposition From Energy Companies and Ranchers By Stephanie Simon, Wall Street Journal The Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, N.M., left, is one of the sites the Bureau of Land Management may seek to preserve under a new federal government initiative aiming to protect more public lands
December 9, 2010 In The News
By Ryan Sabalow, Redding Record Searchlight There may not be American gray wolves in California yet, but U.S. Rep. Wally Herger has joined a group of Republican lawmakers urging the animals' removal from the Endangered Species Act — just in case.
December 8, 2010 In The News
Last week, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted in support of Congressional actions to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.  In a press release issued yesterday, they noted that "Congressional involvement is necessary to break the regulatory and litigious gridlock that Mexican wolf conservation has endured for many years before the demise of the species in the wild."  
December 7, 2010 In The News
The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Associati on (NCBA) support the State Sovereignty Wildlife Management Act, which would return management authority of gray wolves to the states and remove them from the endangered species list. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Representatives Rob Bishop (R-Utah); Mike Simpson (R-Idaho); Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.); Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.); Trent Franks (R-Ariz.); Wally Herger (R-Calif.); Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah); and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).