Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter in the States Newsroom Washington bureau. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues as well as climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.
Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing
By: Jacob Fischler - June 8, 2021
Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing.
National parks struggling with maintenance would get a boost under Biden budget request
By: Jacob Fischler - June 3, 2021
Basic needs at the largest U.S. national parks top the Biden administration’s first proposed lists of projects to receive funding through public lands trust funds, showing how much maintenance is needed even as parks brace for record numbers of visitors this summer. The projects likely wouldn’t be visible to the usual tourist, but they are […]
Nominee to oversee U.S. parks and wildlife pledges commitment to conservation
By: Jacob Fischler - May 13, 2021
Shannon Estenoz, tapped by President Joe Biden to oversee management of U.S. wildlife and parks, on Wednesday repeated the administration’s promises to increase access to outdoor recreation, use conservation for job creation and collaborate with states and private landowners. Asked by members of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at her confirmation hearing […]
Migratory bird protections to be permanently restored by Biden administration
By: Jacob Fischler - May 7, 2021
The Interior Department plans to officially revoke a Trump-era rule that loosened enforcement of a longstanding law to protect migratory birds, the department said Thursday. The rule put in place by former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt barred government authorities from holding companies liable for environmental violations leading to the deaths of birds protected under the […]
Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners
By: Jacob Fischler - May 6, 2021
The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would be […]
No details yet on Biden conservation plan, but Republicans slam it as a ‘land grab’
By: Jacob Fischler - May 5, 2021
Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030. President Joe Biden created what is commonly called the “30 by 30 plan” in a Jan. 27 executive order, but the administration hasn’t released details about how […]
Montana conservationist to be tapped to head U.S. Bureau of Land Management
By: Jacob Fischler - April 14, 2021
President Joe Biden intends to nominate National Wildlife Federation senior adviser and veteran Montana Democrat Tracy Stone-Manning to direct the Bureau of Land Management, an individual familiar with the process confirmed to States Newsroom Wednesday.
Biden taps expert in Native American law as top lawyer at Interior
By: Jacob Fischler - April 8, 2021
President Joe Biden nominated Native American law expert Robert Anderson, an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, to be solicitor of the Interior Department Wednesday.
‘A once in a generation investment’: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure package; creating millions of jobs
By: Jacob Fischler and John L. Micek/Pennsylvania Capital-Star - April 1, 2021
Biden released broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would rebuild highways and bridges, along with providing funding programs for housing, broadband and schools and increasing U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next eight years.
U.S. House panel divides on party lines over how to better conserve public lands
By: Jacob Fischler - March 23, 2021
In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate.
Biden pick for Interior secretary likely to face rocky confirmation hearing
By: Jacob Fischler - February 19, 2021
U.S. Senate Republicans may use next week’s Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, running the risk of alienating Native Americans in Western states.
Public lands protections could move ahead in Congress this year
By: Jacob Fischler - February 4, 2021
Democrats in Congress have a rare opportunity to advance an ambitious public lands agenda — if they can keep their tenuous majorities in line.