Federal Lawmaking

Newly introduced legislation seeks to modernize Antiquities Act

By Chris Heck Last Friday, Representative Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, H.R.3990. The legislation seeks to modernize the Antiquities Act by protecting the president’s ability to establish a national monument and, based on the monument's proposed size, ensuring local government and community voices have been heard. Earlier this week,…… Continue reading →

NACD’s 2018 Farm Bill Requests

Over the past year and a half, NACD’s Farm Bill Task Force, currently chaired by NACD First Vice President Tim Palmer, has worked to create a set of policy requests for the 2018 Farm Bill. Starting with a survey of our members last summer, the Task Force created a set of principles that helped to…… Continue reading →

NACD update on USDA reorganization

By Coleman Garrison Since last week’s announcement that USDA is taking further steps in their efforts to reorganize the department, NACD has received additional information that we wanted to pass along to you, though many details are still to come. First, USDA has communicated to NACD that its most recent proposal is in no way moving…… Continue reading →

Voluntary conservation curbs the plague, boosts black-footed ferret numbers in the Southwest

By Elijah Olomoniyi Yesterday, federal and state wildlife groups met north of Fort Collins, Colorado, at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center to celebrate the ways voluntary conservation and a new sylvatic plague vaccine are helping to bring the black-footed ferret back from the brink of extinction. [caption id="attachment_9858" align="alignleft" width="489"] Black-footed ferret populations are mostly…… Continue reading →

DOI review of designations under Antiquities Act underway

By Chris Heck What is the Antiquities Act?  The Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. During his presidency, Roosevelt used the act 18 times. Seven of his original designations have been upgraded to “national park” or “national forest” by Congress, or in the case…… Continue reading →

The importance of Section 319 grants

By Eric Hansen Conservation districts draw on a variety of funding sources to protect and conserve our nation’s natural resources. Districts pull from farm bill conservation programs, state resource protection programs, and leverage private funds to achieve conservation objectives. They also can apply for funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Section 319 program. Fast…… Continue reading →

What do the Trump, Zinke orders mean for conservation?

By Chris Heck On Tuesday, March 28, President Donald Trump issued an executive order rescinding several Obama-era executive orders and memoranda on energy, natural resources, and climate change, including the following: Executive Order 13653 of November 1, 2013 (Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change); The Presidential Memorandum of June 25, 2013 (Power…… Continue reading →

What does the rollback of BLM’s planning rule mean?

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 - The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 established a process that requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop resource management plans (RMPs) in cooperation with state, local, and tribal governments. The first BLM land planning process regulation was finalized by the agency in…… Continue reading →

How can the new Congress use CRA authority?

By Chris Heck WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 – Speculation is flying on whether the new Congress will use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal several of the Obama administration’s more controversial regulations. These regulations include the Farmer Fair Practices or GIPSA rule, the SNAP retailers rule, the school lunch and breakfast program’s nutrition standards,…… Continue reading →

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