Index to Public Lands News of September 5, 2014
Index to the current issue:
* TONGASS ROADLESS STATUS UP IN AIR AGAIN. Full Ninth Circuit will rehear a split decision of three judges that upheld Bush administration removal of the Tongass from Clinton roadless area rule. Greens pleased.
* ENVIROS PAY RANCHER TO GIVE UP PERMIT. In Gila Forest. FS will review relinquished acreage for ten years. May be first of several.
* HILL BIG FALL AGENDA MAY WAIT TO LAME DUCK. Approps bill may be in for short extension. Immigration bills have fire, border provisions.
* UTAH SAGE-GROUSE PLAN IN FOR A TEST. By private land development, but enviros say the precedent could justify listing under ESA.
* BIG THORNE TIMBER SALE IN COURT. Lawsuits argue major Tongass cut not justified economically or environmentally. Murkowski backs FS.
* COURT OKAYS WYOMING WILD HORSE REMOVAL. Says BLM has authority to remove 806 ‘strays’ from public/private land. But court delays roundup.
* COLORADO COAL EXPANSIONS IN COURT. Enviros say OSM failed to adequately assess environmental impacts by relying on decades-old EISs.
* RIM FIRE TIMBER SALE IS ON. FS approves biggest sale in California in years. Agency designated it an emergency so no appeals allowed.
* PEER SAYS JUSTICE SHOULD PROSECUTE BUNDY. Objects to inaction by U.S. attorney four months after BLM filed 35 complaints against rancher.
* IBLA DECISIONS.
* BOXSCORE OF LEGISLATION.