Spotted Frog Listing Will Impact Water Management and Irrigation, Agricultural Practices, Development and Livestock Grazing
On August 29, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) issued its Final Rule listing the Oregon Spotted Frog as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act. The listing is intended to protect the species throughout its range, which extends from extreme southwestern British Columbia south through the Puget Trough and in the Cascade Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon. The listing will affect property development, irrigation activity, water management and diversions, agricultural practices and livestock grazing. A draft rule designating areas of critical habitat in Oregon and Washington was issued by the USFWS in August, 2013 with a final rule expected by the end of 2014.
BOISE, ID – In opening remarks today at the conference, “The Next Steppe: Sage Grouse and Wildland Fire,” Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze announced the release of the Northern Great Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA), a next-generation tool for looking at the ecological health of this important geographic region.
“The BLM is using these regional assessments to identify the key challenges and opportunities that exist across the West,” Kornze said. “By providing good, current science and looking across broad landscapes we can help ensure that decisions are being made with the best available information.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov 12, 2014) - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s listing of the Gunnison Sage-Grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act:
Washington, D.C. - The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public lands.
The 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System will guide the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-Scale Runoff in Southwestern USA Ponderosa Pine Forests
The recent mortality of up to 20% of forests and woodlands in the southwestern United States, along with declining stream flows and projected future water shortages, heightens the need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire.
Burns reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health
Quincy, CA. - Plumas National Forest officials have started to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health. "To the extent economically feasible, we've removed all merchantable materials prior to burning," said Earl Ford, Forest Supervisor. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low to moderate intensity understory vegetation burns on the forest floor, and moderate to high intensity broadcast burning of brush. The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface, to promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems, and improve habitat for wildlife.