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US to allow trophy hunter to import body of rare black rhino

Sep. 6, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and...

GAO: Interior broke law in reopening parks during shutdown

Sep. 5, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Trump administration's Interior Department violated federal law in dipping into user fees to reopen national parks during last winter's government shutdown, a government watchdog agency concludes in a scathing legal opinion that warns officials risk fines and prison if they...

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

Aug. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released...

Judge bars Trump from taking energy panel's advice

Aug. 13, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from public lands and waters. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sided with a Montana-based conservation group...

Conservation groups sue to block road in Alaska refuge

Aug. 7, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nine conservation groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Interior Department over its latest proposed land trade that could lead to a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula contains internationally...

Environmentalists, tribes blast Utah national monument plan

Jul. 26, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has decided to allow off-road vehicles access to archaeologically sensitive land at a Utah national monument that houses sacred tribal sites under a plan announced Friday. The Bureau of Land Management's plan for the Bears Ears National Monument says that certain...

Deal reached for land swap for road through wildlife refuge

Jul. 24, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new land exchange agreement aimed at constructing a road through a national wildlife refuge has been signed by an Alaska Native corporation and the Interior Department, village community leaders announced Wednesday. The exchange would trade land owned by King Cove Corp. for...