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Obama proposal boosts refuge system funding

February 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The National Wildlife Refuge System would get a boost in funding next year under the budget President Barack Obama has proposed for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in fiscal year 2013. Obama on Monday proposed a budget of $494.8 million for the operation and maintenance of the refuge system in 2013. That represents an increase of $8.8 million from 2012. Continue Reading

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Agassiz manager retires, DNR seeks bear den locations etc.

December 31, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The manager of Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Minnesota has retired after more than 16 years on the job. Maggie Anderson’s last day was Friday. Continue Reading

2011: The year that was in the outdoors

December 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Like the weather, the outdoors in 2011 was anything but dull across North Dakota and Minnesota. Here are some highlights as they appeared in the Herald’s Outdoors pages. Continue Reading

Judge upholds polar bear trophy ban on American hunters

October 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In a decision released Monday, the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was within its mandate to forbid the import of polar bear parts. Continue Reading

Conservation groups plan lawsuit to block Keystone XL oil pipeline

October 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The lawsuit to be filed today in federal court in Nebraska contends that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law by allowing Canadian pipeline operator TransCanada to start preparing the route for its Keystone XL pipeline. Continue Reading

Klobuchar: Ag secretary has promised money to restart wolf trapping program

October 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has promised money from his agency’s operating budget for the program which ran out of money Friday and shut down. Continue Reading

UPDATE: More than 500 species of plants, animals advanced for U.S. environmental protection

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED 12:56 P.M.The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah’s Ark from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. Meanwhile, the House member who chairs the appropriations committee is trying to cut a proposed $25 million for the listing program from the budget. Continue Reading

More than 500 species of plants, animals advanced for U.S. environmental protection

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Obama administration is taking steps to extend new federal protections to a list of imperiled animals and plants that reads like a manifest for Noah’s Ark from the melodic golden-winged warbler and slow-moving gopher tortoise, to the slimy American eel and tiny Texas kangaroo rat. Continue Reading

Support to delist gray wolves plentiful at Grand Rapids, Minn., meeting

June 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

There was plenty of support to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered species list from nearly 200 people who attended a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meeting in Grand Rapids. Continue Reading

Great Lakes wolves could come off endangered list

April 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today it would try again to drop wolves in the western Great Lakes region, including Minnesota, from the federal endangered species list, although courts have overruled previous attempts. Continue Reading