SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage...
Commissioners delay Red Rock Canyon housing development
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plans for a 3,000-home development overlooking Red Rock Canyon west of Las Vegas have stalled pending federal approval for a roadway to the site.
Correction: Burning Man-Expansion Permit story
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 9 about a Bureau of Land Management hearing on a new permit for the annual Burning Man event, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burning Man's...
Group sues to prohibit Mount St. Helens’ drilling
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies' decision to allow exploratory drilling near the...
Acting head of Arizona forestry department to stay on
PHOENIX (AP) — Interim State Forester David Tenney will now fill the position permanently.
Gov. Doug Ducey said in a news release Tuesday that Tenney has officially been appointed as...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man organizers say the U.S. government wants to place unreasonable conditions on a proposal to expand the counter-culture festival's capacity to 100,000, including...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's...
Wildfire management project set for east Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal conservation officials say a watershed restoration and forestry management project is planned in a large section of east Tennessee.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of...
US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more...
US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local):
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on logging projects being halted by court orders (all times local):
A judge has blocked a project that called for logging and prescribed...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The new state director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has spent more than two decades working for federal land management agencies in Washington D.C. and the...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A disputed federal oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming that ended Friday was among the biggest recently in the state, bringing in almost $88 million amid environmental groups'...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency performed inadequate environmental review before approving petroleum exploration in a northern Alaska reserve, according to a lawsuit filed by a nearby...
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Conservationists fight oil shale plan in eastern Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups objected Tuesday to the U.S. government's approval of the early stages of an oil shale project near the Utah-Colorado border by a company...
Thousands of protests submitted against New Mexico oil sale
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of protests have been lodged with U.S. land managers in opposition of next month's oil and natural gas lease sale despite a decision to remove from the offering...
Legislation aims to reduce wilderness study areas in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation urging Congress to remove hundreds of thousands of acres from wilderness study area designation in Idaho advanced to the full House on Tuesday despite concerns it...
Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area.
At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling be allowed because of the effects of extraction on the region and the long-term effects of burning the fossil fuel.
Trump official touts oil and gas lease sales in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A top Trump administration official touted record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday as he sought to promote energy development on public lands.
In a statement, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from the lease sales, making 2018 its highest-grossing year.
The Latest: Trump official touts lease sales in New Mexico
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's visit to New Mexico's oil region (all times local):
A top Trump administration official is touting record sales for oil and gas leases under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as he seeks to promote energy development on public lands.
Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the federal agency last year generated $1.1 billion from oil and gas lease sales, making 2018 its highest-grossing year.
Activists air grievances about drilling in Alaska refuge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Activists pushing against oil development in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge dominated a Bureau of Land Management public meeting in Fairbanks.
APNewsBreak: US oil lease near sacred park pushes forward
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and other areas sacred to Native American tribes.
The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases despite the recent government shutdown.
Forest plan not visible to public due to government shutdown
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The public is unable to view final updates to a northwestern Montana forest management plan due to the federal government shutdown.
Colorado agency seeks drill limit near big game
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reiterated to the Bureau of Land Management that it wants to see regulators consider limiting oil and gas pads to one per square mile (2.58 square kilometers) in critical big game habitat.
Gov. John Hickenlooper raised concern last year in a letter to the BLM about its December 2018 lease sale, and the agency ultimately deferred offering most of the acreage largely because of a number of wildlife and other issues raised by the governor.
Appeals filed in lawsuits targeting Alaska oil lease sales
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups have appealed the dismissal of two lawsuits challenging federal lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Four groups sued in February, claiming lease sales in 2016 and 2017 were illegal because the Interior Department failed to consider their effects on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
The lawsuit said extraction and burning of the reserve's fossil fuel would harm Arctic wildlife in the reserve.
Mojave Desert land purchase to protect ‘teddy bear’ cactus
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A parcel of land that is prime habitat for the so-called teddy bear cactus has been purchased for a Mojave Desert conservation organization.
An anonymous donor bought the 599 acres (242 hectares) of Southern California land for $140,000 and deeded it to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, The Desert Sun newspaper reported .
Biologists ask for delay to protect mule deer corridor
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists and wildlife experts in Wyoming and neighboring states have asked the United States Department of the Interior to delay leasing any land for oil and gas that overlap with Wyoming's only designated mule deer migration corridor.
Feds move to formally renew leases for Twin Metals mine
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management says it plans to formally renew the mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely.
Administration moves closer to opening Arctic refuge for oil
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer on Thursday to opening thousands of miles within Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing, issuing a draft report that concluded the polar bears, caribou and other wildlife could safely share their untouched wilderness with oil and gas producers.
US land managers in Utah to tackle wild horse population
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal land managers have cleared the way for population control measures for the wild horses in the Onaqui Mountains southwest of Salt Lake City.
The Bureau of Land Management said Friday those measures will include fertility control vaccines and the gather and removal of excess horses from the area.
Officials said chronic overpopulation is damaging to the long-term health of wild horse herds, other wildlife and the land on which they all depend.
US land management bureau names new Nevada state director
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The agency that manages vast stretches of federal land in the U.S. West has named a new state director in Nevada.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that Jon Raby will take over the new job in January.
Raby has been acting director of the bureau's Montana and Dakotas area.
Scaled-back Colorado lease sale makes $1M
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A federal oil and gas lease sale in Colorado netted nearly $1 million in revenue.
Lease sale in Alaska petroleum reserve draws modest interest
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal sale of oil leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has again drawn a modest response.
The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday received 16 bids on 16 tracts covering 272 square miles (705 sq. kilometers), the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported .
The BLM had offered 254 tracts on more than 4,375 square miles (11,330 sq. kilometers).
The Latest: German minister stresses future for coal workers
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):
Germany's environment minister says it's crucial to offer mining industry workers other options for a transition from coal to energy sources that don't contribute to global warming to succeed.
US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West.
Feds approve mining exploration near Mount St. Helens
MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says proposed exploratory mining northeast of Mount St. Helens would present no significant environmental impact.
The Columbian reports the BLM's decision this week would award Ascot USA two hard rock prospecting permits within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near the headwaters of the Green River.
Forest Service to propose measures for southern Oregon
MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to propose measures for southern Oregon aimed at reducing the size and intensity of wildfires and creating healthier forests better able to withstand the hotter, drier conditions brought by climate change.
Environmentalists sue feds for information
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming.
Western Watersheds Project filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Idaho, arguing that it had requested public information from the Bureau of Land Management regarding endangered species that could be affected by the proposed oil and gas activity northeast of Casper.
Drilling overwhelms agency protecting America’s lands
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here, on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas infrastructure.
US officials end effort to revamp southern Nevada land plan
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A decade-long effort to rewrite a management plan for southern Nevada land has been cut short, leaving one environmental group to question whether new restrictions from the Trump administration may have made the plan impossible to complete.
Federal officials, however, say the update is no longer needed.
The land management plan sets a framework for using 3.1 million acres of U.S. government-owned land in Clark County and Nye County.
Proposal would protect Methow Valley from future mining
WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Federal land managers want to hear from the public about a proposal to protect a large swath of federal land in Washington's Methow Valley from future mining for 20 years.
The plan would make about 340,000 acres (121 hectares) of forest lands in Okanogan County off-limits to new mining and mineral development for two decades while Congress considers legislation to permanently protect that area.
Federal officials to expand Pocatello air base
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are expanding a firefighting air base in eastern Idaho.
The air base at the Pocatello Regional Airport is busier than ever, as its traditional service area has spread further into Wyoming, Oregon and Nevada, officials said.
Recreation on US land generates billions for western states
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states' economies.
The study by Southwick Associates was done on behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Suit challenges drilling on public land in Colorado, Utah
DENVER (AP) — Environmental groups have asked a judge to overturn the sale of drilling rights on public land in Colorado and Utah, saying the Trump administration didn't consider the potential threat to public health and the environment.
A lawsuit filed Thursday in Denver federal court seeks to reverse oil and gas leases on 184 square miles (476 square kilometers) of land.
New Mexico ranchers worry about possible land restrictions
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico ranchers are worried they could lose their way of life as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revises its resource management plan.
Land could be subject to classification as wilderness, a move that ranchers worry could restrict their land from commercial uses such as farming or ranching, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported .