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Controversial land exchange moves forward in Colo.

May 23, 2012

A proposed land exchange involving hundreds of acres near Mount Sopris that could become public has cleared a key hurdle with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the agency is now seeking public comment on it.

The deal would make public the 557-acre Sutey Ranch, just outside...

Colorado Mining Association appeals roadless rule to Supreme Court

May 21, 2012

The Colorado Mining Association has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the nation's rule for protecting 58.5 million acres of roadless public forests — mostly in Western states.

The 28-page request for high court attention argues that "roadless" as defined in the federal...

House approves Keystone XL provision but fails to get veto-proof margin

May 21, 2012

The House passed the latest test vote on the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, although not with the veto-proof majority its supporters had sought.

The motion from Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) would instruct House conferees working on a long-term transportation bill to "insist" on the House-...

Utah alone in Sagebrush Rebellion after Arizona governor's veto

May 17, 2012

Utah stands alone — so far, at least — in its bid to take public lands from the federal government, after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed similar legislation and other states have yet to join the fight.

The Arizona governor, who has a reputation for being something of a conservative...

House bill would streamline grazing, logging to reduce wildfire risks

May 16, 2012

An Arizona Republican yesterday introduced a bill that would streamline approval of logging and grazing projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Rep. Paul Gosar's (R-Ariz.) bill, which carries 27 co-sponsors, including two Democrats, would allow federal land managers to use...

Clear-cut the timber rules, beetle foes say

May 16, 2012

U.S. Forest Service land managers need more latitude and the forest-management industry more certainty if the mountain pine beetle is to be repelled, or at least contained, in Colorado’s high country, witnesses testified Monday before a congressional field hearing.

The bark-beetle...

USFS considers using explosives to bring down diseased trees

May 15, 2012

Interest in blasting hazard trees got started in Colorado, where huge swaths of forest have succumbed to mountain pine beetle infestations. Those dead trees threaten campgrounds, roads and other public facilities.

While the idea makes sense in theory, it takes a lot of on-the-ground...

Group sues to stop thinning project near Grand Canyon

May 11, 2012

An environmental group filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service yesterday over a proposed forest-thinning project that would include harvesting old-growth trees within northern goshawk habitat on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

The Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit accuses...

Parks, monuments could spur revival in U.S. tourism, says fed report

May 11, 2012

National parks, monuments and other public lands will play a major role in an interagency strategy to revive international tourism to the United States, according to a report delivered to the president today.

The national tourism strategy developed by the Interior and Commerce departments...

Loggers, environmental groups collaborate on Idaho national forest

May 10, 2012

For four decades, truckloads of logs rolling out of the woods were Bob Boeh’s primary interest in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

No surprise since his employer, Idaho Forest Group, depends on federal timber sales to help keep five sawmills churning out 2-by-4s.

But Boeh also...

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