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S. 1262: Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act
by outdoorwire - 12/24/19 03:17 PM
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S. 1262: Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act outdoorwire 12/24/19 03:17 PM
A bill to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas, to withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes.

May 1, 2019 - Introduced
May 14, 2019 - Considered by Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
Nov 19, 2019 - Considered by Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Dec 12, 2019 - Ordered Reported. A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further.

Proposed bill text is available at: GovTrack
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Settlement Agreement Requires Grizzly Bear Status Review outdoorwire 12/24/19 03:00 PM
Settlement Agreement Requires Grizzly Bear Status Review

The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana has approved a partial settlement between the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) requiring that the Service complete and post a status review of the lower-48 grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) populations no later than March 31, 2021. Earlier this year, CBD filed a lawsuit challenging the Service’s alleged failure to update a 1993 federal recovery plan for the species. The partial settlement disposes of CBD’s first claim for relief, which alleged that the Service had failed to conduct a five-year status review of grizzly bear populations in the lower-48 states pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Grizzly bears in the lower-48 states were listed as threatened under the ESA in 1975. A 2011 status review concluded that the existing 1993 recovery plan for the species no longer reflected the best available science and needed to be updated to consider additional recovery areas, but such action had not been taken, prompting CBD to bring its lawsuit. As part of that lawsuit, CBD claimed that the Service failed to comply with the ESA’s requirement to prepare a status review for listed species once every five years because one had not been prepared since 2011.

The court will still need to resolve CBD’s remaining claims, including whether the Service is required to prepare an updated recovery plan that reflects current science and whether the Service must consider additional potential grizzly bear habitat as part of that plan.

Source: Lexology
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S. 434: A bill to provide for a report on the maintenance of Federal land holdings under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interio outdoorwire 12/24/19 02:55 PM
Feb 11, 2019 - Introduced

Dec 12, 2019 - Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. This bill requires the Department of the Interior, after the submission of the President's budget for FY2020, to report to Congress on all federal land holdings under Interior's jurisdiction; and the total costs of maintaining such holdings for FY2017-FY2019, including an accounting of the holdings of, and expenditures made by, each federal agency.

Proposed bill text is available at: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s434/text
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