Members of the Spirit Lake Nation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week celebrated a partnership to bring more Native American culture to the Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in Benson County.
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.
U.S. officials illegally allowed a Canadian company to begin preparing the route for its proposed 1,700-mile-long oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas, even though the project hasn't gained final government approval, three conservationist groups contend in a lawsuit filed today.
Grant Schulte and Margery A. Beck
, October 05, 2011
Federal officials have pledged money to restart the wolf trapping program in Minnesota, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar 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, Klobuchar said.
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.
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.
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