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BLM to use state maps to reduce costs, wildlife impacts

January 17, 2012

The Interior Department said it expects to save money and make better decisions by using digital wildlife and habitat maps available in Montana, Washington and Arizona and others soon to be released across the West.

In a memorandum Friday to employees, Bureau of Land Management Deputy...

BLM seeks water rights from Montana to preserve cottonwood forests

January 16, 2012

Negotiations are set to begin this month between the state and federal government over water rights in two Missouri River tributaries in northcentral Montana that feature some of the last remaining cottonwood forests in the Northern Plains.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management initiated...

Colo. county calls for winter closures on BLM land

January 12, 2012

The wintertime closure of several midvalley areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management are among the recommendations Pitkin County will forward to the agency in comments on the BLM's draft Resource Management Plan.

The county is preparing to submit comments to the BLM's voluminous...

Colorado residents oppose BLM's proposed oil, gas lease sale

January 8, 2012

A federal proposal to lease 30,000 acres for oil and gas development is roiling residents up and down Delta County's North Fork Valley.

In December, the Bureau of Land Management announced that a private party had nominated 22 parcels for oil and gas lease sale in August.

Under new...

BLM seeks competitive leasing for wind, solar projects

January 5, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management unveiled plans last week to establish a rule that would allow wind and solar companies to bid for leasing rights on public lands, a move designed to increase competition and boost revenues to taxpayers.

The agency also announced the approval of two new...

Group finds BLM sage grouse policies wanting

January 4, 2012

Bureau of Land Management officials are ignoring their own experts’ advice as they implement plans keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list, a conservation group says.

Bureau of Land Management director Bob Abbey this week issued a series of temporary guidelines for sage...

3 years in, agency policies on scientific integrity remain incomplete

December 27, 2011

When the Bureau of Land Management excluded livestock grazing from a large ecological study of its lands, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility objected, using a new tool in its arsenal: the Interior Department's scientific integrity policy.

The policy lays out broad...

Gas pipeline proposed to run across the Colorado River

December 13, 2011

The Bargath LLC pipeline company has proposed a 22-mile gas pipeline that would run from the Divide Creek area under the Colorado River​ to processing facilities near Parachute.

The pipeline would cross 7.6 miles of BLM-managed lands, less than a mile of Forest Service land, and nearly 14...

BLM asks for public opinion on Lander resource management plan

December 10, 2011

The public now has until Jan. 20 to comment on the Bureau of Land Management’s Lander resource management plan.

The federal agency recently extended the comment period for the document that will dictate policy for more than 2.5 million acres in Fremont County, as wells as parts of Carbon...

Lawsuit alleges BLM allowed politics to steer study

December 5, 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management told scientists working on a $40 million study mapping ecological trends that they couldn’t look at the effects of grazing, an environmental group says.

The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a complaint last week saying the BLM...

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