Trump to pick Rep. McMorris Rodgers for Interior secretary

By Devin Henry – 12/09/16 10:55 AM EST

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to lead the Interior Department, a source close to the transition team told The Hill Friday. Trump will tap McMorris-Rodgers, a five-term Republican who represents eastern Washington and is the chair of the House GOP Conference, to lead the department. The New York Times first reported the news. Continue reading

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Iowa case centers on state’s power to stop deer disease from spreading

Grant Rodgers , grodgers@dmreg.com 7:40 p.m. CST November 16, 2016

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White tail deer congregate in a harvested bean field to forage for food.
The high fences at the Pine Ridge Hunting Lodge in southeast Iowa were put up to keep deer inside, where hunters could pay for the chance to shoot a trophy-sized whitetail buck.
Those same fences now keep wild deer out.
The hunting preserve was shuttered in 2013 and all of the whitetail deer and elk on the grounds were killed to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease threatening deer and elk herds nationwide.
The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has the authority to order the owners of the land to keep the fences in place to stop wild deer from entering the grounds and potentially being exposed to the disease. Continue reading

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Agencies raise standards for ESA listing petitions

otters The Southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) is listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act. ©USFWS/Randy Wilder

By Emily Ronis
Posted on September 30, 2016 by The Wildlife Society
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) finalized a rule on Sept. 27 that sets higher standards for petitions to protect species under the Endangered Species Act.
First proposed in May 2015, the changes aim to increase the efficiency and efficacy of the petition process by requiring more thorough and specific petitions for species listings, delistings, and reclassifications. The rule largely achieves this by placing the burden of evidence on the petitioner and asks that they present a fair case for the species in question.
“A petitioner should provide a complete, balanced presentation of facts pertaining to the petitioned species, which would include any information the petitioner is aware of that contradicts claims in the petition,” says the rule. Requiring the petitioner to provide as much information as possible, both supportive and contradictory to their claims, is intended to reduce the need of the Services to spend time and resources finding information to complete the petition themselves.
The new fairness standard also applies to petitions to alter critical habitat designations for listed species. Continue reading

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Sara Parker Pauley New Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

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A Missouri native, Pauley brings a wide range of public and private sector experience to the position.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.

“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”

“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began my career working for the Department and I look forward to working with the staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed partners to lead this agency into the future.” Continue reading

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Monarch Technical Coordinator Job Opening

The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) is seeking a contractor to provide technical coordination and plan-writing services to assist MAFWA’s member states, plus Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other interested states with Monarch Conservation efforts. Continue reading

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