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In Colorado, leaders seek common ground on 'wild lands'

March 22, 2011

Much of western Colorado’s rural Garfield County is public land. Forest Service land mostly makes up the higher elevations. Bureau of Land Management land lies below. It’s a Republican-leaning county whose leaders bristled when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a new “wild lands” policy...

USFS sets open houses in Idaho, Montana on management plan

March 21, 2011

The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting Tuesday to explain both the details and intent of the recently proposed draft planning rule.

The draft rule, if put into law, would serve as a national blueprint for how hundreds of individual plans will chart national forest management...

BLM tallies up its economic impact

March 17, 2011

In a visit this week to Oklahoma City, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar outlined the economic importance of U.S. energy production and called the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “one of the nation’s greatest assets – both economically and environmentally.”


Drilling applications for federal lands up 50 percent

March 17, 2011

Applications for federal permits to drill on public and American Indian lands are expected to increase by close to 50 percent, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

Salazar said the federal Bureau of Land Management, which he oversees, will process more than 7,200 applications...

Opponents ready fight against BLM coal lease in Wyoming

March 16, 2011

The Bureau of Land Management's decision to allow mining of an estimated 222.7 million tons of coal from land next to the Black Thunder mine in Wyoming's Campbell County prompted the promise of an appeal from the Powder River Basin Resource Council, and WildEarth Guardians are considering a...

'Wild Lands' policy could face first legal test in Wyo.

March 7, 2011

The Obama administration's controversial new "wild lands" policy could face its first legal challenge in northwest Wyoming's McCullough Peaks, but not from pro-development interests and Republican lawmakers who have been most critical of the policy's implications.

Rather, environmental...

Former GOP Utah senator teams up with Wilderness Society

March 9, 2011

Former Sen. Bob Bennett plans to consult with The Wilderness Society to reproduce a much-touted law he shepherded while in office that brought together environmentalists, developers and local officials in a landmark deal preserving hundreds of thousands of acres in southwestern Utah.


BLM chief pledges to protect oil and gas leasing rights

March 9, 2011

Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey today told House lawmakers he will defend the right of oil and gas lease holders on public lands as he implements new management reforms and a secretarial order to protect roadless lands.

At a hearing before a House Natural Resources...

BLM district manager in Nevada would trim timeline for mine permits

March 8, 2011

Doug Furtado, the new manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain district, said he already is working on reducing the time for mining permits.

“One of the biggest issues is creating ways to become more efficient in permitting while continuing to be environmentally...

Colorado senators' bill would designate Chimney Rock as national monument

March 8, 2011

Chimney Rock may be on track to becoming a national monument with legislation slated to be introduced in Congress.

The bill would affect the twin rock spires and the surrounding Native American archaeological site, an area encompassing about 4,700 acres. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will...

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