Bureau of Land Management

A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
A massive shake-up would shed senior staffers and state boundaries. Could it work?
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
A 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep habitat.
The big public land sell-out
The big public land sell-out
Even without wholesale land transfers, public lands are already being conveyed to industry.
Rollbacks on the range
The Bureau of Land Management plans to revise its Clinton-era grazing regulations, and critics say the changes will let ranchers ride roughshod over the public lands
Phelps Dodge looks to revive mining in the Copper State
Phelps Dodge wants to open a big copper mine near Safford, Ariz., but some critics say that the company’s planned land swap is a rip-off, and that the mine may have harmful environmental impacts
Proposed wilderness on the auction block
A list of the wilderness inventory areas and citizens’ wilderness proposal areas being offered for oil and gas leasing by the BLM includes lands in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah
In New Mexico, a homegrown wilderness bill makes headway
In northwestern New Mexico, the Coalition for New Mexico Wilderness is working with Zia Pueblo to preserve a rugged patch of the state as the Ojito Wilderness Area
Lost in the wilderness of power politics
The kind of democratic dialogue that creates viable wilderness proposals is impossible in the current wilderness of power politics
Mormons win Martin’s Cove
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gains control of the Wyoming historic site of Martin’s Cove, where Mormon immigrants died 150 years ago
The BLM is blowing in the wind
The Bureau of Land Management is studying the prospects for developing wind energy on Western public lands
On a new national monument, has an agency been cowed?
On a new national monument, has an agency been cowed?
When President Clinton established Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument three years ago, he told the BLM to study grazing impacts, but now funding for the study has been cut, while grazing continues unabated
Right and wrong on public lands
From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Lands Legacy by Michael P. Dombeck, Christopher A. Wood and Jack E. Williams takes a hopeful view of the ecological future of the nation’s public lands
Heard Around The West
Seabiscuit moves to Colorado; black bear vs. David Letterman; Hanford’s radioactive wasp nests; Helen Thomas vs. Brigham Young University; BLM ranger Dick Godwin vs. desert junk and shot-up appliances
Bill would redraw the boundaries of national monument
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg, R, wants to yank private lands out of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, but some local ranchers fear his bill will just make it harder for them to sell their property.
National monument back under attack
In Utah, Kane and Garfield county commissioners escalate their fight against Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, demanding the reduction of funding and staff and the demotion of monument manager Dave Hunsaker
Reckless rancher cuts sweet deal in D.C.
The Bush administration cuts a deal with Wyoming rancher Harvey Frank Robbins Jr., and orders the Worland BLM office to back off on enforcing grazing regulations
Showdown on the Nevada range
The Sagebrush Rebellion smolders when the BLM impounds and tries to auction off cattle owned by ranchers Ben Colvin and Jack Vogt for refusing to pay for grazing allotments.
A wilderness bill with a little something for everyone
The Boulder-White Clouds wilderness bill tries to give something to everybody, as a list of some of its provisions reveals