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In interview, Zinke blames "the resistance" for slow pace of Interior nominations

In a​n interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal this afternoon, Secretary Zinke blamed “the resistance movement” for the lack of Senate-confirmed positions filled at the Department of Interior.

Conservation to get bigger emphasis in newly renewed Mexico/US plan for managing Colorado River

The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts.

Pro-conservation business group urges Zinke to drop NMon recommendations

A group of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that views public lands as a valuable quality-of-life issue for employees is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to scrap his recommendations to shrink the boundaries of national monuments or allow for resource extraction in them, saying preservation of monuments is "critical" for corporate success.

Editorial: Navajo Nation won't benefit by suing over Bears Ears

What benefit to the Navajo people would ever come from the Navajo Nation threatening to sue the Federal Government over Bears Ears National Monument being reduced?

Canada: Federal & Nunatsiavut Inuit governments agree to co-manage new MPA

NAIN, N.L. — Ottawa and the Nunatsiavut Inuit government have formed a partnership to protect and manage the waters around northern Labrador.

The marine management plan is expected to protect a stretch of coastline that is longer than the state of California and is home to the highest concentration of polar bears in the world.

Zinke latest Trump cabinet member come under fire for private airplane travel

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chartered a flight from Las Vegas to near his home in Montana this summer aboard a plane owned by oil-and-gas executives, internal documents show.

Tree removal to protect habitat for rare endemic wildflower angers some trail users at Golden Gate NRA

In the name of saving rare grasslands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area staff have undertaken a project in Montara to preserve the endangered Hickman’s potentilla, a plant with buttercup yellow petals in the shape of hearts.

Campaigners try to block O&G exploration permit renewal at Big Cypress NPres, citing environmental damage

A new fight has broken out over oil exploration in the western Everglades as environmental groups try to stop a Texas company from completing a search for oil at Big Cypress National Preserve.

Second major El Capitan rockfall in as many days unnerves visitors to Yosemite NP

A chunk of rock broke off the face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Thursday afternoon, injuring one person a day after a massive slab fell from the towering monolith and killed a tourist, park officials said.

Trump administration to review sage grouse critical habitat plan

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will seek to reconsider an Obama-era blueprint for protecting the greater sage grouse, a move that could lead to new mineral leasing, grazing and other commercial activities across the quirky bird’s Western habitat.

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