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NACD Examines Executive Order on Bolstering Economic Recovery in the COVID-19 Era

By Mary Scott On June 4, President Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order (EO), titled “Accelerating the Nation’s Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Emergency by Expediting Infrastructure Investments and Other Activities.” The EO streamlines infrastructure investments by instructing agencies, including executive departments, to use “emergency authorities” for swift implementation of projects. According to the EO,…… Continue reading →

Committee holds hearing on agriculture’s role in climate change

By Lea Mayer On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing on agriculture’s ability to positively impact and mitigate the effects of climate change. Entitled, "Solving the Climate Crisis: Opportunities in Agriculture," the hearing introduced key components in Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) that would help reduce greenhouse gas…… Continue reading →

ESA Update: Recent News on the Endangered Species Act

By Adam Pugh With the ongoing efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act (ESA) fully under way, August in Washington, D.C., was quite busy this year despite the Congressional recess. On August 27, 2019, the Departments of the Interior and Commerce (known as the “Services”) moved forward as they published final versions of the proposed…… Continue reading →

What the Elections Mean for Natural Resources

By NACD Natural Resources Policy Specialist Adam Pugh Last week’s mid-term elections resulted in the U.S. House of Representatives flipping to a Democrat majority for the first time since 2010. In the conservation world, focus is primarily centered on the expired farm bill. However, the elections will also significantly impact the House Committee on Natural…… Continue reading →

Congressional Efforts on ESA Modernization

By NACD Natural Resource Policy Specialist Adam Pugh On July 12, the Congressional Western Caucus rolled out its legislative package to modernize the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On July 17, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a legislative hearing on its discussion draft of the ESA Amendments of 2018. NACD staff…… Continue reading →

NACD Government Affairs Update on Omnibus Bill

By Coleman Garrison Last week, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill - that President Donald Trump signed into law - that avoided a government shutdown and funds the federal government through the end of the 2018 fiscal year. NACD releases appropriations requests around February of each year, and our organization is generally pleased with the…… Continue reading →

Department of Interior Reorganization

By Chris Heck This post will be continuously updated as the reorganization process moves forward. Feedback on the DOI’s reorganization plan can be sent here. Timeline: January 10, 2018: Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a planned reorganization of the Department of the Interior (DOI). The reorganization plan includes the creation of “13 Common…… Continue reading →

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