Outdoor News Bulletin

Outdoor News Bulletin

May 2017 Edition | Volume 71, Issue 5 | Published since 1946

Trump Executive Order Targets National Monuments, Antiquities Act

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on April 26 that targets protections for large landscapes made by past presidents over the last two decades under the Antiquities Act. Executive Order 13792 calls on Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to evaluate national monument designations made since 1996 that protect more than 100,000 acres. The Secretary will provide recommendations for any proposed modifications to these monuments as well as recommendations on potential legislative changes that can be made to the Antiquities Act.

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Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY2017 Enacted

On May 5, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 providing agency funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. The final spending levels maintain or improve budgets for natural resource related agencies. In addition, a number of legislative riders that were being considered were not included in the final bill. The bill is generally considered a win for conservation interests that were anticipating large cuts included in President Trump’s proposed budget and recommended funding for FY2017.

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WMI Contracts with Mitch King on Agency, Industry Relations

The Wildlife Management Institute has contracted with Mitch King to assist Jon Gassett in strengthening relationships between state wildlife agencies, hunting and fishing non-governmental organizations, and the various hunting, recreational shooting, fishing and boating industries. Mitch will focus his efforts on issues related to the excise taxes that make up a large part of the funding foundation of the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation.

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Beyond the Critters - A New Resource for State Wildlife Agency Leaders

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) released a new book by Dr. Dwight Guynn, former head of AFWA’s Management Assistance Team. “Beyond the Critters – Considerations for Managing and Leading State Fish and Wildlife Agencies” draws on Dr. Guynn’s 30-plus year career working for and with state agencies across the country.

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Cooperative Research Unit Corner

Migrating Mule Deer Track "Green Waves" of Spring Forage

New Study Highlights Importance of Habitat Corridors for Migrating Game and Other Species

Migratory mule deer in Wyoming closely time their movements to track the spring green-up, providing evidence of an underappreciated foraging benefit of migration, according to a new study from a team of researchers led by University of Wyoming and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

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