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FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at a news conference, at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Western Governors Association said in a letter Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that states should be equals in creating the new definition that could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Governors want more say in habitat rule for at-risk wildlife

Sep. 4, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011, file photo is a gopher frog at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Federal officials are proposing on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, changes to how the endangered species act is used following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on habitat for the frog. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US wildlife agency seeks to carve out areas from protections

Sep. 4, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Trump administration proposal released Friday would allow the government to deny habitat protections for endangered animals and plants in areas that would see greater economic benefits from being developed — a change critics said could open lands to more energy development...

FILE - This July 18, 2018, file photo, shows the Mountain Valley Pipeline route on Brush Mountain in Virginia. The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of the pipeline and dozens of other energy, highway and other infrastructure projects across the U.S. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

Drilling, mines, other projects hastened by Trump order

Sep. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, including oil and gas drilling, hazardous fuel pipelines, wind farms and highway projects in multiple states, according to...

FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of 2020, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

Aug. 31, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. “We’re working hard to have this done by the end of the year and...

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the Trump administration's attempt to open part of an Alaska refuge where polar bears and caribou roam free to oil and gas drilling. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

2 lawsuits challenge Trump's drilling plan in Alaska refuge

Aug. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to allow oil and gas drilling in an Alaska refuge where polar bears and caribou roam. Two lawsuits filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage sought to block the Interior Department's...

California takes step to protect leatherback sea turtles

Aug. 19, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California took a step Wednesday toward placing Pacific leatherback sea turtles under state protection as the species faces potential extinction from human-caused problems. The state Fish and Game Commission voted 5-0 for the species to become a candidate for threatened or...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William

Trump to withdraw Pendley's nomination as public lands chief

Aug. 16, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the nomination of William Perry Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management, a senior administration official said Saturday — much to the relief of environmentalists who insisted the longtime advocate of selling federal lands should not be...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

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Park service gets new chief as new cash flows from Congress

Aug. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced on Friday the surprise replacement of the 30-year parks veteran running the National Park Service, naming one of his advisers to run the agency instead as it begins to help divvy up a new, multi-billion dollar annual bequest from Congress. David Vela had been the...