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Western states mull legal action over BLM wilderness policy

February 14, 2011

Utah and Wyoming counties are considering a legal challenge to an Interior Department policy ordering field personnel to inventory roadless lands and consider interim protections.

The counties, backed by the state of Utah, are meeting in Salt Lake City today to discuss strategies for...

USFS announces proposed planning rule for 193-million acre National Forest System

February 10, 2011

The USDA Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule today which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife and promote vibrant communities.


USFS to release plan to remove beetle-killed trees in Montana forest

February 8, 2011

Lewis and Clark National Forest, with its vast stands of mature green pines, smells like a living room at Christmastime, but pockets of red-needled trees are making inroads in the pleasant setting. It won't be long before the "red and dead" trees — killed by mountain pine beetles — begin to fall...

Salazar aide tells Wyoming crowd 'wild lands' will stand

February 7, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is unlikely to change his mind on a rule that keeps some federal lands off limits.

The policy, known as the “wild lands” rule, allows the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management to propose some federal land as protected wilderness. The policy has...

USFS wants input on Four Forests Initiative in Arizona

January 26, 2011

As part of the USFS Four Forests Initiative, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests are proposing to conduct restoration activities within a 750,000 acre ponderosa pine ecosystem over approximately 10 years. The objective of this project is to re-establish forest structure, pattern and...

'Wild lands' policy sparks another wilderness debate

January 24, 2011

The Department of the Interior wants to make sure that public lands that could one day be protected as wilderness remain just as pristine as they are today.

The “Wild Lands” order that requires the Bureau of Land Management to identify and protect parts of the 245 million acres it manages...

Federal judge upholds travel plan for Montana Badger-Two Medicine area

January 24, 2011

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon has upheld a decision by the U.S. Forest Service banning four-wheelers and snowmobiles in a wild island of backcountry known as the Badger-Two Medicine Area.

In a ruling filed Thursday in Great Falls, Haddon said the U.S. Forest Service's 2009 adoption of...

BLM considers collaboration to make fire evacuation routes safer

January 21, 2011

Public comments will be accepted until Jan. 21 on a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to remove dead trees along some roads that pass through the federal agency’s property in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties.

Greg Campbell, the BLM’s project manager, said on...

Wilderness policy draws fire from Wyo. governor, ranchers

January 19, 2011

The Wyoming governor and public lands ranchers wrote separate letters this week slamming a new Interior Department policy reaffirming the use of temporary wilderness protections on public lands.

In response, the agency went on the offensive with an e-mail to media this afternoon...

House appropriations chair seen as ally of public lands

January 19, 2011

The new chairman of the House subcommittee that funds the Interior Department, Forest Service and U.S. EPA said Western lands should not be considered low-hanging fruit as Republicans look for ways to slash tens of billions of dollars in federal spending.

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike...

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