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Index to Public Lands News of January 23, 2015

Index to the current issue:

* SRS FAILURE MAY COST COUNTIES.  Administration says they may just receive share of timber revenues (about $50 million) rather than old SRS payments ($300 million-plus) because Hill didn’t act last month.  Still time.

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* OBAMA GIVES BLM BIG CLIMATE ROLE.  Directs to follow-through on promised regs to limit flaring and venting.  Tells EPA and BLM to coordinate.

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* WYDEN BACK WITH O&C BILL.  To increase timber sales while protecting

million acres.  Blames House for failure last year.  Many critics.

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* NEW HILL LEADERSHIP SORTING OUT.  Murkowski, Bishop take over authorizing panels.  McClintock to chair Federal Lands panel, Lamborn at energy.

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* MEXICAN WOLF PLAN UPS TERRITORY.  FWS would allow for population of 300+ but environmentalists say 750+ a better number.  Also relisted.

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* SIMPSON REINTRODUCES EMERGENCY FIRE BILL.  With Rep. Schrader.  Insures that plan to shift approps to disaster funding remains on table.

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* PUBLIC LANDS IN MIDDLE OF KEYSTONE DEBATE.  Amendment to limit federal land acquisitions rejected.  APD expedition amendment on the floor.

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* POLITICS, PRICE MAY AFFECT ANWR BILL.  Young leasing bill faces better prospects in Senate but plummeting oil price may be disincentive.

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* ENVIROS FILE GUNNISON GROUSE SUIT.  Say FWS should designate as endangered rather than threatened.  Colorado: No listing is necessary.

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