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Feds release EA of big Utah land swap

April 24, 2013
A long-anticipated land exchange between the state and federal governments lurched a little closer toward the finish line Monday with the release of a draft environmental assessment of a proposed deal that would give the Bureau of Land Management nearly 46,000 of state acres with conservation and...

On Mont. reservation, water rights divide...

April 24, 2013
A proposed water rights compact in Montana would settle centuries-old questions over how much water local tribes, farmers and ranchers can use, and it's dividing the entire state. The compact, which is 1,400 pages long and has taken a decade to write, provides $55 million in state money to upgrade...

Colo. senator's bill seeks to treat damaged...

April 24, 2013
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide. The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act would instruct the U.S. Forest Service to treat National Forests that are infected by beetle damage or other...

Colo. senator's bill seeks to treat damaged...

April 24, 2013
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced a bill that would tackle insect and disease epidemics on National Forest lands nationwide. The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act would instruct the U.S. Forest Service to treat National Forests that are infected by beetle damage or other...

EPA criticizes State Dept. on Keystone XL...

April 24, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency sharply criticized the State Department’s impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the report failed to adequately consider the climate change impacts of building the pipeline or to realistically assess alternative pipeline routes or...

Obama admin backs wilderness bill, cites concerns...

April 24, 2013
The Obama administration yesterday said it generally approves of a bill to convey lands in western Nevada to support a copper mine in exchange for the designation of 48,000 acres of wilderness but said it still has concerns with a bill to streamline the permitting of grazing on public lands. An...

Calif. developers will buy 7,000 acres to offset...

April 24, 2013
Solar developer BrightSource Energy has agreed to purchase 7,000 acres of land to compensate for the loss of habitat for an imperiled tortoise at the Ivanpah project in California's Mojave Desert. The deal is the first under a 2010 California law to help renewable energy companies buy land to...

Colorado firefighting tanker fleet OK with feds

April 24, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service supports a Colorado state Senate bill that would allow Colorado to buy its own firefighting air-tanker fleet, an agency spokeswoman said. State senators, worried about another bad wildfire season and a diminished federal air-tanker fleet, advanced a bill last week that would...

Nev., Ariz. put Colorado River deal on hold

April 22, 2013
The Southern Nevada Water Authority yesterday voted to put its banking agreement for Colorado River water in the Grand Canyon on hold. In 2005, Arizona agreed to sell part of its Colorado River allocation to Nevada, supplying the Las Vegas region with 1.25 million acre-feet of water through 2060....

California lawmakers call for expansion of...

April 22, 2013
State lawmakers are supporting a proposal to expand Yosemite National Park by 1,600 acres, restoring land stripped of its protection by Congress in 1906. The state Senate approved a resolution this week that asks the federal government to approve the expansion. If Congress approves the designation...
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