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The Roundup for February 10, 2017

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Planning Like It’s 1986FSEEE Ground Truth

In a move widely viewed as a nod toward proponents of local control of public lands, the House of Representatives yesterday voted to scrap a new rule governing planning conducted by the Bureau of Land Management.

America’s federal land stewards feel threatened, survey suggestsCBS News

Many of the people who take care of U.S. federal lands and wildlife refuges say their jobs have become more dangerous, according to a new survey.

Las Vegas trial set to start in case of armed confrontation with feds over Bundy cattleChicago Tribune

Trial opens Thursday in Las Vegas for six defendants accused of illegally wielding weapons to block a federal round-up of cattleman and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy’s cows nearly three years ago.

10th Circ. Won’t Rethink NM Forest Fire RulingLaw 360

The Tenth Circuit of Friday declined a New Mexico county’s request for an en banc hearing to reconsider a panel’s decision that it can’t attempt to reduce fire hazards in national forests without the approval of the U.S. Forest Service.

Bill in Congress would eliminate U.S. Forest PoliceMesabi Daily News

A Congressman from Utah wants to eliminate hundreds of federal police officers who patrol millions of acres of America’s national forests and grasslands, but some groups are fighting back.

USDA: Wildland Firefighters Exempt from Federal Hiring FreezeFlathead Beacon

The Trump administration is allowing the U.S. Forest Service to hire seasonal wildland firefighters by exempting the resources from the president’s federal hiring freeze.

Idaho Senator Risch Bill Looks To Throw Out Federal Land Policies On Sage GrouseBoise State Public Radio

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) has introduced a bill to give states more responsibility to manage conservation of the greater sage grouse. It comes as GOP control of Congress and the executive branch begin to shift western land management policy.

Utah Representative Wants Bears Ears Gone And He Wants Trump To Do ItNPR

Republicans want to eliminate one of the nation’s newest national monuments.

Wildland firefighters exempted from federal hiring freezeFlathead Beacon

The Trump administration is allowing the U.S. Forest Service to hire seasonal wildland firefighters by exempting the resources from the president’s federal hiring freeze.

Daniel Boone National Forest turns 80News Journal

While famous pioneer Daniel Boone would be celebrating his 283rd birthday this year, the national forest named in his honor is turning 80.

Tribes plead with Bureau of Land Management for protection of ChacoThe Durango Herald

Drilling hurts land, water and people, leaders say

Beaver County, horse advocates sue the BLM in legal tug-of-war over Utah’s wild horsesThe Salt Lake Tribune

Wranglers for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed a roundup of 655 wild horses from tah West Desert in late January, but the agency’s decision to return dozens back to the range has prompted a lawsuit from Beaver County.

RELATED:  Wild Horses, Wilder ControversyNational Geographic

More than 70,000 wild horses live on Western rangelands that can only supposedly support 27,000 animals. Can the government, ecologists, and advocates find a humane solution for managing them?

Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild PigsNorthwest Public Radio

Biologists at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins have invented a promising new way to track the invasive animals by looking for tiny traces of them in mud and water.

Sonny Perdue, Trump’s Agriculture Pick, Could Roll Back Forest ProtectionsInside Climate News

The man nominated by President Donald Trump to steward the national forests as secretary of agriculture, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, is drawing opposition from conservationists and climate activists, who are concerned about Perdue’s ties to the timber industry and his dismissal of climate change science.

Lyle Laverty: If I Were Chief Of The Forest Service…Evergreen Magazine via Fairfield Sun Times

Lyle Laverty is one of two Forest Service veterans known to be on the Trump Transition team’s list of candidates to be the next Chief of the Forest Service…Mr. Laverty answers as series of questions we posed concerning issues of great concern to forest collaborative stakeholders…