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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

BLM advises grazing reduction in 8 Montana counties due to drought

April 9, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

The agency on Friday asked those with grazing permits to graze no more than 70 percent of their allotted forage on land administered by its Butte and Dillon field...

New federal land use plan draws ire of Wyoming counties, industry

April 9, 2013

The federal government's nearly complete land-use-plan revision for a 2.4 million-acre area from northwest of Dubois to southeast of Jeffrey City is drawing the ire of some in the area, including county governments and a major energy producer.

Calgary, Alberta-based Encana Oil and Gas and...

BLM study shows that Colorado Plateau will get hotter and drier

April 8, 2013

Conservationists are lobbying the Bureau of Land Management to overhaul its policies in the Colorado Plateau after the agency's own study indicated big alterations are coming over the next 50 years because of climate change.

The vast Colorado Plateau is home of the spectacular canyon...

Ranchers, BLM settle suit over Wyoming wild horses

April 5, 2013

A legal settlement between ranchers and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would reduce wild horse numbers by about half on more than 4,300 square miles of sagebrush country in the Red Desert of southwest Wyoming.

Under the agreement, the BLM would allow no more than 1,050 wild horses in...

Healthy Forest Management Act gets mixed reviews at Colo. meeting

April 5, 2013

La Plata County Commissioners have yet to give their official support to a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton that would give state and county governments more say in the management of certain high-risk areas within U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The...

Rio Grande NM touted as economic boost for northern N.M.

April 3, 2013

Drivers crossing into town on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge can't miss the Taos Mesa Brewing Co. a few miles east of the river.

The Quonset hut-style aluminum building is fitted with solar water heaters that shimmer in the bright desert sunlight, catching the eyes of mountain bikers,...

Conservation orgs ask BLM to cancel leases atop Roan Plateau

April 1, 2013

Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to forbid drilling on western Colorado's Roan Plateau as the agency goes back to the drawing board and re-evaluates its approach to energy development in the region.

Earthjustice submitted a 49-page comment letter to BLM today...

State Senate to consider Idaho's demand for federal land

April 1, 2013

The full state Senate will consider a measure demanding that the federal government cede millions of acres of public forests, backcountry and rangeland to Idaho, on grounds the state can manage it better.

After House Republicans followed his lead, Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale on...

BLM issues coal lease changes for Colo. West Elk Mine

March 29, 2013

Federal officials have issued two lease modifications allowing Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine in Gunnison County to expand.

The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that the modifications allow for federal coal leasing on about 1,700 more acres next to the mine's existing leases. The...

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