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Wolves on a trail camera near Republic, Wash., in Ferry County. Courtesy of University of Washington

Washington Wildlife Officials Cancel Public Meetings On Wolves Under Threats Of Violence

Threats of violence have caused Washington officials to cancel a series of in-person informational wolf management meetings. In a news release, state Fish and Wildlife director Kelly Susewind said the tensions this summer were “on both sides of the issue.” Continue Reading Washington Wildlife Officials Cancel Public Meetings On Wolves Under Threats Of Violence

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Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. . CREDIT: U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

What Is An Endangered Species Worth? New Federal Rule Updates Calculation — And Sparks Debate

What is the cost to the economy when an animal is listed as an endangered species? The Trump administration could soon start to publicize that calculation, along with the cost and benefits of categorizing an animal that way, under new rules it finalized earlier this month. Continue Reading What Is An Endangered Species Worth? New Federal Rule Updates Calculation — And Sparks Debate

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Thinning, mowing and prescribed fire are used in Ponderosa pine forests to maintain an open forest floor. CREDIT: Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix

U.S. Forest Service Proposes Plan To Reduce Environmental Scrutiny For Public Lands Projects

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to reduce the public’s role in shaping the way it applies federal environmental laws to projects on public lands. The agency says the changes would help land managers “make timelier decisions based on high quality, science-based analysis.” Continue Reading U.S. Forest Service Proposes Plan To Reduce Environmental Scrutiny For Public Lands Projects

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Collected material, including plastic, is baled at TerraCycle. Courtesy of TerraCycle

U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

The U.S. used to send a lot of its plastic waste to China to get recycled. But last year, China put the kibosh on imports of the world’s waste. The policy, called National Sword, freaked out people in the U.S. — a huge market for plastic waste had just dried up. Where was it all going to go now? Continue Reading U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

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