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Multiple Species Listing Not Warranted

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Listing of Amargosa Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard Not Warranted
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) located in San Bernardino County, California, as an endangered or threatened distinct population segment (DPS), under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

Read more at: http://www.muirnet.net/fish-and-wildlife-service/listing-of-amargosa-mojave-fringe-toed-lizard-not-warranted

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Gray Delisting Proposed in Wyoming

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is proposing to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Wyoming from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. This rule focuses on the Wyoming portion of the Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) Distinct Population Segment (DPS), except where discussion of the larger Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) or NRM metapopulation (a population that exists as partially isolated sets of subpopulations) is necessary to understand impacts to wolves in Wyoming.

Read more at: http://www.muirnet.net/fish-and-wildlife-service/gray-delisting-proposed-in-wyoming

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Listing of Northern Leopard Frog Not Warranted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list the northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

Read more at: http://www.muirnet.net/fish-and-wildlife-service/listing-of-northern-leopard-frog-not-warranted

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Listing of California Golden Trout Not Warranted
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list the California golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

Read more at: http://www.muirnet.net/fish-and-wildlife-service/listing-of-california-golden-trout-not-warranted


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Listing of Mojave Ground Squirrel Not Warranted
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announced a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Mohave ground squirrel (Spermophilus mohavensis) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

Read more at: http://www.muirnet.net/fish-and-wildlife-service/listing-of-mojave-ground-squirrel-not-warranted

 

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BLM Colorado Releases 2008 Volunteer Report

DENVER – The 2008 BLM Colorado Volunteer Report is now available online. Last year volunteers contributed 172,354 hours of work – equivalent to 82 people working full time for one year - for the Bureau of Land Management throughout Colorado.

Volunteer work in 2008 was equivalent to nearly $3.4 million of paid labor.  In fact, Colorado has one of the Bureau’s leading volunteer programs in the nation. Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers worked on public lands throughout the state.

Last month BLM named Ken Emory of Montrose BLM 2008 Volunteer of the Year for Colorado. This annual award recognizes members of the public whose outstanding volunteerism and commitment to public lands help the BLM succeed in its multiple-use mission. Emory volunteered more than 280 hours with BLM.

Generally, volunteer opportunities include: building and maintaining trails, assisting biologists with research, performing office support tasks, maintaining interpretive sites, serving as campground hosts or trail guides, inventorying and identifying plants, re-vegetating wildlife and riparian areas, installing signs and fences, constructing or maintaining facilities, assisting with habitat improvement projects, monitoring watershed studies, and preserving and cataloging cultural artifacts.

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Notice of Availability of Travel Map, Challis Field Office, Idaho

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of a travel management map depicting designated roads, vehicle ways and trails on public lands managed by the BLM Challis Field Office, Idaho. The map describes seasonal closure areas and trails and the daytime use restriction at the Challis Bridge Recreation Site in Idaho.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BLM Challis Field Office manages nearly 800,000 acres of public lands, principally in Custer County, Idaho. The Challis Field Office completed its Resource Management Plan (RMP) in 1999. This RMP recommended that the Field Office complete a Travel Management Plan to administer all aspects of motorized and non-motorized travel in the field office. The Challis Travel Management Plan was approved in June of 2008.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the map are available to the public by contacting the BLM Challis Field Office, 1151 Blue Mountain Road, Challis, Idaho 83226; by telephone at (208) 879-6200; or on the following Web site: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/challis.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact David Rosenkrance, Field Manager, at the Challis Field Office at the address and phone number listed above.

Dated: January 19, 2010.

 

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Tighter Tailpipe and Fuel Economy Standards Announced

EPA and DOT Announce Next Steps toward Tighter Tailpipe and Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Trucks - Move should save consumers money, reduce dependence on oil

WASHINGTON - In keeping with President Obama’s vision to reduce greenhouse gases and increase fuel efficiency, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced they will begin the process of developing tougher greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks built in model years 2017 through 2025. This will build on the success of the first phase of the national program covering cars from model years 2012-2016.

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Interior Releases Updated Roadmap for Solar Energy Development

Supplement to Draft Solar PEIS offers solid foundation for landscape-level planning in six western states

WASHINGTON (Oct 27, 2011) – As part of President Obama’s commitment to developing  our domestic energy portfolio, including our clean energy resources, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today made public a supplement to the federal plan to facilitate responsible utility-scale solar development on public lands in six western states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

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