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Index to Public Lands News of March 15, 2019

Index to the current issue:

* TRUMP BUDGET NOT POPULAR WITH DEMS.  It recommends an 11 percent reduction for DoI.  Emphasizes energy.  Does endorse wildfire fix, if needed.

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* TRUMP SIGNS OMNIBUS LANDS BILL INTO LAW.  After stunning House and Senate votes.  Contains more than 100 separate bills, including LWCF.

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* DEMS AND GOP DIFFER ON ENERGY POLICY.  In one of first House hearings Democrats criticize Trump’s energy dominance.  Gosar, Nedd counter.

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* MANCHIN WARMS TO HARD ROCK REFORMS.  Noted Democratic protector of the coal industry endorses major hard rock changes, including royalty.

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* WYOMING SELLS O&G TRACTS NEAR GROUSE.  Environmentalists criticize, but BLM foresees no net loss of habitat.  Other big sales on the docket.

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* UTAH PETITIONS FOR FS ROADLESS RULE.  Asks the Forest Service to write a state-specific regulation.  Wants more hazardous fuels treatments.

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* FWS TO SEEK WOLF EXEMPTION FROM ESA.  Says will propose a national rule to delist the wolf under ESA, except for the lobo.  Major angst.

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* CRITICS ATTEMPT TO HALT NPRA O&G STUDY.  Native group, enviros object to ConocoPhillips’s exploration plan for new area.  Want an EIS first.

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vHOUSE DEMS OPPOSE BWCA MINING PROPOSAL.  Object to Trump administration withdrawal reversal, approval of mineral leases.  Seek documents.

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