First is the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the Department of Interior. President Obama has nominated Janice Schneider, a veteran of the department, to fill the position that has been vacant for more than 2 years.
Yet, here we are, with people and the government unable to stop furloughs, job losses, and lower revenue to keep the government functioning. Our public lands have certainly not been spared from this indiscriminate budget ax.
Gunnison sage grouse have just been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. TWS supports this action, yet we recognize that species recovery will depend on local communities, federal agencies and landowners working together.
Spending cuts that are part of the budget sequester, or just “sequestration” could have deep and lasting impacts on America’s wild places. The sequester is a trigger of automatic spending cuts that was passed by Congress in 2011.