Center for Biological Diversity

Doug Von Gausig/Friends of the Verde River

Two environmental groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over illegal cattle grazing along the Verde River.

USFS

A 20-year mining ban in Oak Creek Canyon expired in May. U.S. Forest Service officials are in the process of renewing it, but for now it leaves the area open to potential mining claims. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


National Park Service

An environmental group has agreed to drop a lawsuit after reaching an agreement with federal and state agencies about how to handle forest thinning projects in the habitat of the Mexican Spotted Owl. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

Federal officials have issued preliminary permits for two hydro-storage proposals on the Little Colorado River. The projects would include four dams and four reservoirs east of Grand Canyon National Park. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Pierson Hill

Conservationists are having a mixed reaction to a proposal from federal wildlife officials to protect critical habitats of endangered garter snakes in Arizona and New Mexico.

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