Sen. Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat, puts a hold on Jim Caswells' nomination to head the BLM

Senator Salazar is upset about the BLM’s giveaway of the huge and wildlife-rich Roan Plateau in Western Colorado to the energy companies. One the surface, at least, all the Salazar is asking is a 120-day extension to review the Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan.

Story in Rocky Barker’s blog. Rocky Barker’s blog: Senator places hold on Caswell’s BLM nomination. Idaho Statesman.  Holds can delay nominations for a short time, and sometimes for a very long time.

Caswell was a natural resources aide (Idaho Office of Endangered Species) to Governor Kempthorne of Idaho, who is now Secretary of Interior. The Bureau of Land Management has not had a director since Kathleen Clarke of Utah resigned about 6 months ago.



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Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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