Wyden, Merkley, Bentz: Klamath Basin Needs To Prepare For Another Difficult Water Year

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Cliff Bentz released a statement Tuesday focused on the drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. The three met with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the southwest corner of the state will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide the community relief. […]

Interior Joins Government-Wide Effort to Advance Offshore Wind

The U.S. Interior Department is part of the Biden Administration’s effort to boost renewable energy, including offshore wind generation. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined leadership of Energy, Commerce and Transportation at a White House forum Monday on the topic. The event included a commitment to establish a target to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind […]

Senate Approves Haaland as New Secretary of the Interior

The Senate confirmed New Mexico Democratic Representative Deb Haaland as the new Secretary of the Interior. Haaland is the first American Indian to hold the post. Native American groups applauded her confirmation, but there is controversy over her views on oil and gas leases on federal land and fracking. The vote was 51-40, with four […]

Interior To Revisit Spotted Owl Decision

The U.S. Interior Department is delaying the Trump administration’s last-minute roll-back of federal protections for the northern spotted owl. On February 22nd, federal officials said the changes will be reviewed, delaying their effective date from March 16th to April 15th. Days before leaving office, the Trump administration published a final rule revising protections for the […]

Hammond Grazing Permits Pulled

On Friday, a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to Hammond Ranches in the Burns, OR area. Steven Hammond and his father Dwight were both convicted of arson for setting fire to rangeland that eventually spilled on to federal property. The two men […]

Executive Order Seeks to Conserve 30% of U.S. Lands and Oceans by 2030

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that his administration said will help restore balance on public lands and waters. The executive action focused on climate change directs the Interior Department to outline steps to achieve the President’s commitment to conserving at least 30% each of lands and waters by the year 2030. Interior will […]

Wildlife Groups To Challenge Recent Gray Wolf Decision

Wildlife advocates and environmental groups have announced that they are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. Two coalitions filed formal notices over the past several days that they plan to sue the U.S. Interior Department in federal court unless protections are restored. The notices are required as […]

WPC: Delisting Of Gray Wolf A “Success Story for ESA”

Last week’s announced by the Department of the Interior that the gray wolf will be removed from the Endangered Species List is, according to Todd Myers, Director of the Environmental Center at the Washington Policy Center, a victory of the Endangered Species Act. He noted the EAS does not have a great track record when […]

Interior Delists Gray Wolf

On Thursday, the Department of the Interior announced it has removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list, signaling a successful recovery under the Endangered Species Act. The gray wolf spent more than four decades on the endangered species list, and federal officials say the population is now thriving in the lower 48 states. […]

Trump Announces Subcabinet to Modernize Water Resource Management

This week, President Trump signed an executive order seeking to modernize water management and infrastructure. The order creates a Water Policy Committee that the White House calls the Water Subcabinet. The subcabinet will be co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The committee also includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, […]