Four conservation groups have asked a federal judge to block new plans that allow drilling, mining and other activities across 51 million acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in seven western states: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, California and Oregon, according to Greta Anderson, deputy director of Western Watersheds Project.
David Bernhardt, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department, intervened to block a Fish and Wildlife Service report on the effects of pesticides on plants and wildlife, according to a story in the daily online news service Rockies Today.
President Donald Trump has proposed a budget of $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2020 to fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s principal resource management and conservation programs. The budget includes an additional $1.5 billion in permanent funding that is administered to states through grants that support state wildlife and sport fish conservation, recreational boating and other related programs.