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Friday, February 13,2015

NRCS report: Sage-grouse Initiative successes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers’ conservation actions are going a long way to protect greater sage-grouse habitat, says a new report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Friday, February 6,2015

Forest Service's 'doublespeak' model on bighorn

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth may be impossible for the ordinary person, but not for the allpowerful federal government. In fact, in the dispute over domestic sheep and bighorn sheep sharing the range in the West, doublespeak seems to be the U.

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Friday, January 30,2015

New Congress calls for good government, transparency

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
T h i s congressional session, l a w - makers are asking the federal government to play by the same rules as the American people.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Mexican wolf standoff

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) won’t answer this question, but it has just expanded the area where the agency will release captive-bred wolves—from 700,000 to 8 million acres. It’s also expanded the area where wolves can be “translocated” (captured and moved) from 6,845 acres to 60 million acres.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Gunnison sage-grouse listing spurs litigation

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
To the courts we go! After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat, Colorado, Utah, and Gunnison County, CO, have all filed their notices of intent to sue.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Under the microscope: ESA peer reviews

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A new report shows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS) may need to take a course on scientific peer review. Peer review is where independent scientists try to find holes in other scientists’ work. It’s a vetting process, an effort to produce high quality science for important decisions, such as Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Richards: Why science alone can't save the West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
For example, she said antigrazing groups are using a recently-published sagegrouse study to forward their agenda. That study says that sage-grouse nests are most successful where grass is a minimum of seven inches high—in certain cases.

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Monday, December 15,2014

New spending, tax laws will affect rural West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Last week, Congress was scheduled to make some big decisions just after print time. Late Thursday or Friday, Congress was expected to pass a spending measure to avoid a government “shutdown”—or, more accurately, “slowdown”—and possibly a tax extender package.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Klamath Basin: A lesson in war tactics, bias, distortion

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Some farmers and ranchers in Northern California and southern Oregon think that both strategies are being used against them in the Klamath River watershed. In 2002, a federal judge granted the Klamath Tribes senior water rights in the Klamath Basin.

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Monday, December 8,2014

Could Utah benefit from land transfer?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Can the states afford to own and manage the federal lands within their borders? The question is echoing across the West as several states make moves to transfer hundreds of millions of acres from Uncle Sam’s hands to the states’.

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