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Temporary Shooting Closure in Lovell Canyon Extended for an Additional Year

LAS VEGAS – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) has extended the temporary emergency shooting closure in Lovell Canyon for an additional year. The extended closure will allow the U.S. Forest Service to go through a formal decision-making process to determine what dispersed recreation activities are appropriate in Lovell Canyon and how they can best be managed. The closure area includes approximately 32,000 acres on both sides of Forest Service Road 45537 (Lovell Canyon Road).

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Firefighters contain wildfire in Williams despite drone incursion

Unauthorized drone flights could cause serious injury or death to firefighters in the air or firefighters and members of the public on the ground. 

Williams, Ariz., June 18, 2017— Firefighters contained a small wildfire Thursday in Williams near Oak and 11th streets despite a drone flying over the area that temporarily delayed the arrival of a helicopter attempting to drop water on the blaze.

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President Proposes $11.7 Billion Budget for Interior in FY2018

Budget saves taxpayers $1.6B and increases funding for National Parks Infrastructure and Responsible Energy Development

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump today proposed an $11.7 billion Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) budget for the Department of the Interior. The President's budget allows Interior to carry out its core mission of responsible multiple-use of public lands in a way that both conserves America’s iconic landscapes and supports responsible resource development. The President’s budget prioritizes public lands infrastructure by increasing funding for National Parks to address their deferred maintenance backlog. The budget also prioritizes responsible American energy production on federal lands and national security. To download highlights of the DOI FY 2018 budget, click this link: https://www.doi.gov/budget/appropriations/2018/highlights 

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DOI Lists Monuments Under Review

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments

WASHINGTON (May 5, 2017) – The Department of the Interior today announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017. A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land management.

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Illegal Dumping A Serious Problem

Removing Car from Kiowa PondIllegal dumping continues to be a serious problem on all districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Dumping destroys the natural beauty and habitat of National Forest System (NFS) lands and discourages people from visiting areas where dumping is occurring.

Illegal dump sites are constantly being discovered. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Law Enforcement Officers are finding dumps that include yard debris, animal carcasses, household garage, appliances, and even motor vehicles.

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