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    Management will hold a hearing in Lakewood March 1 on a rule to reduce oil and gas venting and flaring Image Lew Carpenter LAKEWOOD In meetings from New Mexico to North Dakota sportsmen and women spoke out for reducing methane pollution from oil and gas operations on federal lands The Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments until April 8 on a proposed rule that will update 30 year old regulations by requiring oil and gas producers to cut the methane that s wasted through venting and flaring and leaks from equipment In addition to harmful pollution a Government Accountability Office report estimates that tribes and taxpayers lose as much as 23 million in royalty revenues when natural gas is wasted Implementing a strong rule to reduce flaring will cut pollution and put more money back into local governments and taxpayers pockets Todd Leahy conservation director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation Tags methane pollution Bureau of Land Management wildlife New Mexico Wildlife Federation Read more about Sportsmen support cutting methane emissions to reduce waste protect wildlife National Wildlife Federation Praises Secretary Jewell for Coal Reform in Roll Call Ad Proposed reforms to the federal coal leasing program would benefit wildlife Image Steve Torbit Today the National Wildlife Federation NWF ran an ad buy in the print edition of Roll Call thanking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her commitment to review the federal coal leasing program to the benefit of our public lands water air and wildlife The ad coincides with a Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Interior s FY17 budget proposal at which Secretary Jewell is slated to testify as well as a House Natural Resources committee hearing on the President s budget proposal slated for March 1 Date Mon 02 22 2016 Read more about National Wildlife Federation Praises Secretary Jewell for Coal Reform in Roll Call Ad NMWF s Leahy Land grab proponents attacking American principles Date Tue 02 09 2016 Todd Leahy right of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation was one of the featured speakers at a recent public lands forum Image New Mexico Wildlife Federation FLAGSTAFF Ariz The law history and economics are not on the side of those who want our national public lands turned over to the states said Todd Leahy the New Mexico Wildlife Federation s director of conservation Leahy was one of the speakers at the Feb 5 plenary session of the 49 th annual meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico chapters of The Wildlife Society and the Arizona New Mexico chapter of the American Fisheries Society The session Who Will Manage the Future of Our Public Lands included county state and federal wildlife and land managers This crusade to transfer American public lands to the states must be seen for what it is the latest outgrowth of an anti government agenda which seeks to undermine the very foundations of this great nation Tags New Mexico Wildlife Federation Malheur National Wildlife Refuge public lands sportsmen Read more

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    at the New Mexico state capitol that drew a crowd of about 300 to demand that public lands stay in public hands Image Lew Carpenter As the National Wildlife Federation and its state affiliates geared up to defend public lands with the start of new legislative sessions the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge prompted rallies from Seattle to Santa Fe by sportsmen and women to say Keep public lands in public hands About 300 people attended a Jan 19 demonstration in Portland Ore where Bob Rees of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders NWF s Oregon state affiliate spoke Garret VeneKlasen New Mexico Wildlife Federation executive director was among the speakers at a Jan 21 rally in Santa Fe As the illegal occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge winds down perpetrators are held accountable and damages are repaired we must also focus on the policy dispute at the heart of this debate Should our public lands be sustained for the benefit of all Americans or should they be exploited for the enrichment of the few or sold off to the highest bidder says Collin O Mara president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation Tags New Mexico Wildlife Federation Association of Northwest Steelheaders public lands hunters anglers Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Read more about Sportsmen wildlife advocates ramp up defense of public lands with rallies work at statehouses Wyoming Wildlife Federation hires new executive director Date Thu 12 17 2015 Chamois Andersen is the new executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation LARAMIE Wyo The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has hired Chamois Andersen as executive director She has served as publications and communications manager for the Wyoming State Geological Survey and communications manger for the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming Her natural resource agency work includes head of communications for the Marine Region for the California Department of Fish and Game and public information officer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife An angler and outdoors enthusiast Andersen lives with her husband a University of Wyoming associate professor and daughter in Laramie Tags Wyoming Wildlife Federation sportsmen Read more about Wyoming Wildlife Federation hires new executive director Greater sage grouse escapes congressional funding assaults Date Wed 12 16 2015 An agreement on a new federal spending bill spares greater sage grouse conservation plans marked earlier this year at a news conference with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell other federal officials and Western governors Image NWF Jack Dempsey By Judith Kohler The National Wildlife Federation said an agreement on a 1 15 trillion federal spending bill is good news for greater sage grouse conservation because of what it doesn t contain provisions that would have derailed work to save the signature Western species and the habitat that supports more than 350 species Federal lawmakers rejection of amendments to the proposed omnibus spending bill that could have blocked implementation of federal sage grouse conservation plans is a boost to saving some of our country s irreplaceable landscapes

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    and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 Image Matt Vincent By Joel Gay New Mexico Wildlife Federation Although members of Congress are often divided it was refreshing to see all five of New Mexico s congressional delegation unanimously support bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for responsible development of renewable energy on public lands in New Mexico and throughout the West Hunters and anglers have always known that healthy public lands are crucial if we want strong populations of game and fish as well as a vibrant hunting and fishing industry in New Mexico alone that sector of the outdoor recreation economy is worth 650 million a year It should be no surprise that sportsmen support responsible energy development on public lands which gives us both abundant energy but also protects critical wildlife habitat and our outdoor way of life The Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015 would guarantee both goals are met Tags New Mexico Wildlife Federation public lands renewable energy sportsmen wildlife Read more about Renewable energy bill has wide support The path to Westerners hearts and votes runs through public lands Date Wed 10 28 2015 Former Interior Secretary and U S Sen Ken Salazar urged presidential candidates to debate issues Westerners care about Image Judith Kohler There s a Royal Gorge sized chasm between Coloradans and some presidential candidates views on public lands wildlife and conservation says Ken Salazar The former Interior Secretary and U S senator was among the speakers at a news conference Tuesday who detailed what that they want to hear the candidates discuss People in Colorado and the West care about public lands water and wildlife he said And they don t want public lands transferred to the states or sold to the highest bidders Colorado voters I know oppose this idea Salazar said These proposals make absolutely no sense These ideas deserve to be rejected Tags public lands Outdoor Industry Association Land and Water Conservation Fund wildlife hunters anglers Read more about The path to Westerners hearts and votes runs through public lands NWF Feds decision on sage grouse charts course to save species landscape Date Sun 10 18 2015 Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was joined by other federal officials and four Western governors to announce the greater sage grouse will not be listed Image NWF What s good for the bird is good for the herd National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O Mara The U S Fish and Wildlife Service s decision to give state and federal conservation efforts an opportunity to save the greater sage grouse and its habitat is the right decision for the grouse the hundreds of other species of the sagebrush steppe and the sportsmen wildlife enthusiasts ranchers and local economies that depend on this Western landscape Tags greater sage grouse Interior Department National Wildlife Federation U S Fish and Wildlife Service Read more about NWF Feds decision on sage grouse charts course to save species landscape Sportsmen rally for

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    public spoke at meetings in Washington and throughout the Rocky Mountain West The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on proposed updates of the federal coal program until Sept 17 at blm wo coal comments blm gov Tags coal public lands Bureau of Land Management fair share Interior Department Read more about BLM seeks comments on fair return for publicly owned coal NWF voices concerns about oil gas plan for CO s mule deer factory Date Sun 08 23 2015 A new BLM oil and gas plan could add 15 000 new wells in Colorado s mule deer factory Western Colorado s White River deer herd has been one of the most prolific in the region prompting people to call the area it roams the mule deer factory But the herd has experienced declines and state wildlife officials are studying the effects of oil and gas development on mule deer in the area The National Wildlife Federation is concerned that a new oil and gas plan by the Bureau of Land Management s new oil and gas plan will further stress the herd Tags National Wildlife Federation mule deer Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office drilling Read more about NWF voices concerns about oil gas plan for CO s mule deer factory Sportsmen outdoor enthusiasts celebrate newly designated wilderness in Idaho Date Sun 08 09 2015 Highly prized fish and wildlife habitat is part of a new wilderness area in Idaho Image Idaho Wildlife Federation Some of Idaho s best high alpine fish and wildlife habit now has permanent protection The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act was signed into law Aug 7 setting aside 275 665 acres The wilderness bill long championed by Idaho Rep Mike Simpson was signed just three days

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    2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More South Park can be shining example of smart from start planning Date Tue 07 28 2015 South Park is the headwaters of the South Platte River and a regionally renowned fishing and hunting haven Image South Platte Sportsmen s Alliance By Judith Kohler Hunters anglers wildlife advocates and outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado are telling the Bureau of Land Management what s special about South Park one of the region s renowned fishing havens and site of several state parks and wildlife areas The BLM has started updating the resource management plan for its Royal Gorge field office and an important part of that work will be writing a blueprint for possible oil and gas development in South Park While the initial public comment period closes Friday the BLM will seek more input in coming months as it considers various development scenarios and writes a draft plan Tags South Park hunters anglers master leasing plan Bureau of Land Management South Platte River Read more about South Park can be shining example of smart from start planning Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list By Michael Gibson July 15 2015 Image Blake Simmons Protecting the Boulder White Clouds means protections for the Chinook salmon steelhead bull trout and westslope cutthroat inhabiting its waters and the mountain goats bighorn sheep elk and mule deer roaming high peaks and valleys spanning nearly 600 000 acres of wild lands Add your name to the list of sportsmen

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    NWF affiliates Let sage grouse conservation plans work 04 27 2016 Sportsmen fend off public land grabs but more work remains 04 12 2016 Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management 03 20 2016 NWF s O Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More NWF Rocky Mountain Regional center welcomes new director By Judith Kohler May 26 2015 Former CO Parks Wildlife manager to oversee wildlife public lands conservation Read more about NWF Rocky Mountain Regional center welcomes new director admin s blog Comments In Defense of Our Public Lands Voices From the Backcountry By Meg Morris Here are stories born from time spent in the wild lands that belong to us all Read more about In Defense of Our Public Lands Voices From the Backcountry admin s blog Comments Sportsmen urge CO governor senator to back sage grouse conservation Date Wed 05 13 2015 Sportsmen support conserving greater sage grouse and its habitat which supports more than 350 species Image NWF DENVER Several sportsmen s organizations are urging Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper and Sen Cory Gardner to support ongoing efforts to conserve the greater sage grouse and ensure that strong safeguards are in place in Colorado for the bird and its habitat In separate letters sent this week to the governor and Colorado senator groups representing thousands of hunters anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the state expressed support for strong conservation plans to

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    Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Montana sportsmen praise Bullock s veto of anti public lands bill By Montana Wildlife Federation May 6 2015 Image Montana Wildlife Federation This anti public lands bill was a bad idea for Montana every step of the way and we re grateful to Governor Bullock for standing with Montanans against any scheme to ultimately close off our public lands said Joelle Selk president of the Montana Bowhunters Association We join tens of thousands of Montanans in calling on our elected leaders to stop pushing out of state astro turf plans to weaken our outdoor heritage Read more about Montana sportsmen praise Bullock s veto of anti public lands bill admin s blog Comments Colorado sportsmen hail demise of public land takeover bills By Judith Kohler May 4 2015 Image Lew Carpenter Hunters anglers vow to remain vigilant in defense of outdoor heritage economy Read more about Colorado sportsmen hail demise of public land takeover bills admin s blog Comments Why is the Greater sage grouse part of a defense spending bill By Judith Kohler April 15 2015 Image VerdonTomajko The National Wildlife Federation opposes an unrelated provision stuck on the National Defense Authorization Act and backed by the House Armed Services Committee that will do nothing to help national security but could doom efforts to conserve one of the West s signature species Read more about Why is the Greater sage grouse part of a defense spending bill admin s blog Comments Colorado Senate Bill 232 is more than a study it s a land grab in the

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    lands 03 17 2016 BLM cancels disputed oil gas lease in Montana s Badger Two Medicine From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Colorado Sportsmen Target Bills that Threaten State s Public Lands By Judith Kohler April 15 2015 Image Ryan Won Sportsmen are particularly disappointed that Colorado lawmakers chose to listen to the extreme voices calling for the dismantling of our public lands legacy Legislators should be listening to the sportsmen and women and all the other people who use public lands in their districts said Bill Dvorak a fishing and rafting guide and public lands organizer for the National Wildlife Federation Read more about Colorado Sportsmen Target Bills that Threaten State s Public Lands admin s blog Comments Arizona Seeks to Modernize Renewable Energy Development By Brad Powell Image Daryl Hunter The Public Lands Renewable Energy Act seeks to modernize the development of renewable energy resources while protecting critical fish and wildlife habitat on federal lands Read more about Arizona Seeks to Modernize Renewable Energy Development admin s blog Comments State takeover of public lands is a bad deal for Nevadans By Robert Gaudet April 12 2015 Nevadans stand to lose in a state takeover of public lands Image Steve Torbit The Nevada legislature is entertaining a number of proposals to transfer our national lands to the state or otherwise vastly diminish the amount of national lands waters minerals and other resources we now enjoy as both residents of Nevada and as citizens of this great country If these proposals are taken to their logical conclusion the end result would be

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