Outdoor sports enthusiasts generate nearly $1 billion in conservation funds

Fish, wildlife, outdoor recreation and local communities benefit from excise tax

Americans generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes last year that support state conservation programs. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the disbursement of these funds, generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to a statement from the Service.

BLM proposes expedited review of pinyon-juniper restoration projects

SUWA calls it a ‘scorched earth policy for public lands’

The Bureau of Land Management has announced a proposal to expedite review and approval of restoration projects across the West designed to address the rapid spread of pinyon-juniper woodlands on sagebrush habitat for the benefit of greater sage-grouse, mule deer and other sagebrush-dependent native wildlife and plant species. The proposal would establish a new categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act, enabling the agency to streamline review of projects that remove encroaching pinyon-juniper trees to allow for sagebrush restoration, according to a press release from the agency.

Wildlife officials warn against letting dogs chase big game

Following winter, deer are usually in survival mode

As you avoid large groups and practice social distancing in the coming weeks, you can fight cabin fever — and still stay away from other people — by going for a hike or doing some wildlife watching. However, if you are planning to take your dog on any hikes this spring and summer, make sure your pet doesn’t chase or harass any wildlife, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesperson Faith Jolley.