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Trump nominates Bernhardt as Interior secretary

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced his nomination of acting secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to take over the department officially. Bernhardt has led the Interior Department on an interim basis since former Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned over ethics questions in January. Bernhardt is an avid sportsman with experience managing fish and wildlife resources from both a federal…

Deal announced to reopen government – for three weeks; outdoors types react

(U.S. Department of the Interior)President Donald Trump announced a deal with House and Senate leaders on Friday, Jan 25 to reopen the government for three weeks following a 35-day partial shutdown, according to reports. The plan would, according to reports, have Congress pass a continuing resolution to extend funding for agencies — including the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department…

President Trump signs farm bill

President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 Farm Bill. The $867 billion bill expands the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by three million acres, to a total of 27 million acres, but limits the government subsidy to 80 percent of the average rent for the acre and disallows whole farm enrollment into the program. In a twenty-five minute signing ceremony, the…

Feds keep proposed Minnesota copper mine plan alive

(Photo by Brian Peterson)ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Donald Trump’s administration has resurrected an effort to build a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in northeastern Minnesota. In an opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the U.S. Interior Department concluded that the Bureau of Land Management erred last December when it determined that it had…

House panel to consider bill preserving Great Lakes cleanup

  DETROIT — Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts. A House appropriations subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program started under President Barack Obama. It pays for removing toxic pollution from harbors…

Utah wildlife official named acting head of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — The head of Utah’s wildlife management division has been tapped as deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a newly created position where he’ll serve as acting head of the agency until a director is named and confirmed. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Director Greg…