Funds from overturned oil and gas lease sales have already been disbursed for school kids, elderly, disabled and those “below the poverty line,” Wyoming said.
In the suit, conservationists say the U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act by issuing a 10-year grazing permit that threatens grizzly bears and a tiny endangered fish — the Kendall Warm Springs dace.
As Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks reopen to keen interest, officials keep a wary eye on visitors and a steep decline of projected tax revenues.
Agency’s preferred alternatives don’t account for four-year population slide, wildfire risks or landscape-scale coordination as the BLM aligns federal conservation plans with states’, experts charge. Others back the federal plan.
The Colorado River basin faces a massive crisis. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt lays out a road map that doesn’t entail arbitrary cuts.