Enviro & Legislation

Mario Tama by 7.03.22 8:29am The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) is launching an investigation after U.S. Forest Service-controlled burns that escaped caused the largest wildfire ever recorded in New Mexico. The GAO is examining controlled burn policies at the Forest Service and other federal land agencies. On May 20, USFS Chief Randy Moore halted
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Alaska’s “emergency firefighter act” – House Bill 209 – was signed into law June 20, 2022, by Governor Mike Dunleavy, after receiving widespread support. The bill enables the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Fire Protection to train and employ wildland firefighters and project crews in rural areas. Native Alaskan wildfire crews have
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U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici greets House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at Analog Devices Inc.’s chip factory near Beaverton on June 30.Mike Rogoway/The Oregonian U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer toured a Washington County chipmaker Thursday and urged Congress to act quickly to pass a long-delayed, $52 billion incentive package for domestic semiconductor manufacturers. “If we
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Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, launch the Daki Menan Lands and Resources Forestry Initiative. This initiative benefited from $250,000 in funding through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI), which provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. The project also includes
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Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The Forest Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS), held a workshop on building a law enforcement curriculum for forest rangers in Vietnam on June 30 in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Speaking at
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Billings Gazette Almost 104,000 acres spread across three designated wilderness study areas would be removed from protected status under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday by Montana Sen. Steve Daines. Of the three wilderness study areas the largest is the 82,127-acre Middle Fork Judith in the Little Belt Mountains, managed by the
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A rare bipartisan bill was introduced by a group of lawmakers to save the sequoia trees. Republican congressmen Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Bruce Westerman (Ark.), and Democratic congressman Scott Peters (Calif.) introduced the bill, which is cosponsored by 75 others. It’s aimed at expediting reforestation. “Poor land management and climate change are driving forces behind
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PROVIDENCE — With the help of some last-minute maneuvering in the Senate, legislation that would ease the tax burden on big solar projects that are primarily being built in rural Rhode Island won approval on the final day of the General Assembly session.  Passage of the bill late Thursday night occurred in the face of opposition from municipalities that argue
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Burned trees in Sequoia National ParkCredit: USFS June 24, 2022 – WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after introducing the bipartisan Save the Sequoias Act, alongside Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and 28 bipartisan members. This comprehensive bill would enhance interagency coordination and
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a memorandum to the USDA Forest Service directing the agency to take bold actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis.  “Globally, forests represent some of the most biodiverse parts of our planet,” Secretary Vilsack told the summit, “yet drought and intensifying and catastrophic wildfires
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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Anti-racism and critical race theory will not be taught at Forest Hills Local School District after a 3-2 vote at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The “Culture of Kindness” Resolution bans assignments where students would have to consider their race, socio-economic class, religion, gender identity or sexuality. It also states schools cannot force individuals
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