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Senate Agriculture subcommittee hearing on wildfires

Washington, November 5, 2013, 2:30 pm

Senate Agriculture Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing, "Shortchanging Our Forests: How Tight Budgets and Management Decisions Can Increase the Risk of Wildfire." Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard to testify.

Vitter pushes against EPA's Gulf dead zone plan

Source: 
Houma Today

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to name three parts of Louisiana's Gulf coast as "impaired," a move that would limit pollutants the state can discharge, Houma Today reports.

Scientists oppose logging bills in Congress

RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.

Major oyster reef rebuilding begins on Texas coast

MATAGORDA, Texas (AP) — A deep sea oyster reef restoration being touted as the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico began in an unlikely place: a quarry in landlocked Missouri.

Jewell announces grant program for coastal resilience

Source: 
Greater Alexandria Patch

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $100 million for a competitive grant program to fund research into ways to improve coastal resilience against storms like Hurricane Sandy, Greater Alexandria Patch reports.

House Natural Resources Committee business meeting on lands bills

Washington, October 30, 2013, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Committee holds business meeting on pending lands bills. 

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on federal land management agencies

Washington, October 29, 2013, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing, "Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies." Public witnesses to testify. 

Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Scientists said Monday they have for the first time documented that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.

NRDC report highlights wide impact of wildfires in 2011

Source: 
USA Today

The Natural Resources Defense Council said wildfires in 2011 caused smoke pollution for two-thirds of the nation, leading to respiratory problems many miles away from fires, USA Today reports.

Indonesia forests still dwindle despite reforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.

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