Interior Announces Plans to Strengthen LWCF

New Order Revokes Policy Actions That Undermined Bipartisan Conservation Program WASHINGTON — The Interior Department today took steps to strengthen the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by rescinding Trump administration policies that significantly undermined the landmark conservation program. Secretarial Order 3396 revokes an order signed on November 9, 2020 (Secretarial Order 3388) that unilaterally imposed new restrictions… Continue reading Interior Announces Plans to Strengthen LWCF

DU applauds DOI final rule to expand hunting and fishing on public lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 18, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Aurelia Skipwith released their final rule to expand hunting and fishing opportunities to Americans by opening 2.3 million acres to public access. This represents the single largest expansion of land to… Continue reading DU applauds DOI final rule to expand hunting and fishing on public lands

President Trump’s Budget Proposes $12.8 Billion for Department of the Interior Programs in FY 2021 – Invests $1B for a Stronger Interior Wildland Fire Program

$12.8B budget also proposes strategic investments in programs for land management, bolstering conservation and recreation activities, law enforcement, energy development and public infrastructure WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump proposed a $12.8 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior, including a new, innovative $50 million initiative that would begin to transform and… Continue reading President Trump’s Budget Proposes $12.8 Billion for Department of the Interior Programs in FY 2021 – Invests $1B for a Stronger Interior Wildland Fire Program

Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service Solicits Public Input on Cormorant Management

WASHINGTON – As part of ongoing efforts to address conflicts between double-crested cormorants and wild and stocked fisheries, the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is announcing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) and soliciting public input on future management options. “Balancing the protection of native wildlife with economic and human… Continue reading Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service Solicits Public Input on Cormorant Management

U.S. Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

First African American to Ever Serve in the Position of Director WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Aurelia Skipwith as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a bipartisan vote of 52-39. Skipwith has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior… Continue reading U.S. Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service