Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior head
Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether a Trump administration interior secretary engaged in possible criminal conduct while helping an Arizona developer get a crucial permit for a housing project.
Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior head
Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee asked the Justice Departmen t on Wednesday to investigate whether a Trump administration interior secretary engaged in possible criminal conduct while helping an Arizona developer get a crucial permit for a housing project. The criminal referral says David Bernhardt pushed for approval of the project by developer Michael Ingram, a Republican donor and supporter of former President Donald Trump, despite a federal wildlife official's finding that it would threaten habitats for imperiled species.news.yahoo.com
Trump Interior secretary runs for new Montana US House seat
Former congressman and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that he’s running for Montana’s newly awarded U.S. House seat. Zinke told The Associated Press that he was running, a day after filing paperwork to organize a campaign committee. Zinke, who said he maintains a friendship with former President Donald Trump, told AP that political division is the biggest problem facing the nation.news.yahoo.com
Former Trump official Zinke eyes Montana's new US House seat
Former Interior Secretary and Montana congressman Ryan Zinke filed paperwork Thursday signaling his interest in running for the second U.S. House seat that was awarded to the state earlier this week. Zinke filed documents with the Federal Election Commission to organize the “Zinke for Congress” campaign committee. Montana on Monday was awarded a second U.S. House seat starting in 2023, based on the state's population in the recent U.S. Census results.news.yahoo.com
New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West
They watch as big game animals in the West chase emerging spring greenery to ever-higher elevations, then return to lowlands to avoid the worst of winter's cold and snow. Roads, such as Interstate 80 from Wyoming to California, also hold up and kill migrating big game animals. Reintroduced populations of Western big game animals need decades to rediscover migration routes, research suggests. Mark Gordon in February designated three mule deer migration corridors with plans for others where state officials would encourage but not force help from landowners. And we now have a whole toolbox full of tools that we can use to maintain these migration corridors,” Kauffman said.
Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision
SPOKANE, Wash. The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there. Grizzly bears only occupy less than 5% of their historic range, and the North Cascades presents prime habitat for grizzly bears,'' said Andrea Zaccardi, an attorney with the group. "Their recovery there is critical to the overall recovery of grizzly bears in the U.S.The center contends the North Cascades could support more than 700 grizzly bears over 9,000 square miles of habitat. Federal grizzly bear recovery plans are mandated by the Endangered Species Act and require grizzly recovery in the North Cascades, Gunnell said. Now the largest concentration of grizzlies, numbering less than 1,800, are around Montana's Glacier National Park and around Yellowstone National Park.
White House abandons wildlife board criticized as pro-hunting
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration has quietly abandoned a wildlife advisory board that animal rights groups said was illegally stacked with politically connected donors and hunting enthusiasts, and designed to promote trophy hunting. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonIn a Friday night court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice said the International Wildlife Conservation Council ceased to exist on Dec. 21, 2019, when its two-year charter expired. It also said the board made no recommendations during its existence, and there were no plans to establish another board with a similar mission or scope. Last Sept. 23, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan refused to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the White House had not shown that the board served the public interest. The case is Natural Resources Defense Council et al v Bernhardt et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.feeds.reuters.com
Lawsuit over politically 'slanted' Trump wildlife board can proceed: U.S. judge
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has rejected the Trump administrations bid to dismiss a lawsuit by animal rights groups seeking to dissolve a wildlife advisory board they said was stacked with politically connected donors and pro-hunting enthusiasts. These groups said the wildlife board created in November 2017 by then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was slanted to promote trophy hunting and the importing of body parts from imperiled species such as African elephants, lions and rhinos. The Trump administration has provided no reason for creating a trophy hunting council, stacking it with big game profiteers and operating it behind closed doors, the groups lawyers from Democracy Forward said. He had said the wildlife board would advise on the benefits of recreational hunting, including boosting economies and creating hundreds of jobs to enhancing wildlife conservation.U.S. President Donald Trumps adult sons are trophy hunters. The case is Natural Resources Defense Council et al v Zinke et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.feeds.reuters.com
Feds might reintroduce grizzly bears to North Cascades in Washington
iStock/skibreck(CNN) - The US government might reintroduce the grizzly bear to the North Cascades area in northwest Washington and has re-opened the proposal for public comment. "There were some members of the public and elected officials that requested additional opportunity to comment on it," National Park Service spokeswoman Denise Shultz said. The proposal seeks to restore the grizzly population in the ecosystem to 200. The last time a grizzly bear was spotted on the US side of the North Cascade was in 1996, Shultz said. In the US, grizzly bears are active in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.
U.S. readying for 400th anniversary celebrations
August will mark the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival to America by Africans, who came by way of Point Comfort, Virginia, and were enslaved, in 1619. Last November, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appointed the 14 members of the commission who will organize the commemoration of the anniversary. The commission will plan and carry out programs and activities throughout the country to highlight 400 years of contributions by African-Americans. Others are using the anniversary as a way to highlight what they believe is 400 years of inequality. The website 400yearsofinequality.org is encouraging people to tell their stories of oppression and resistance and ultimately unite to eliminate inequality going forward.