Category: Dispatch

Trump Budget Would Slash Environmental Programs, Research

March 16, 2017 — Scientific research and environmental protection programs would suffer major cuts under a proposed budget outline released this morning by the Trump administration. By percentage, Trump’s budget calls for double-digit reductions in funding for theMore

Nevada Rancher Hage Loses in Court

March 8, 2017 — A Nevada ranching family that battled federal land managers for decades must remove its cattle from public lands and pay $587,294 in fines for “repeated willful unauthorized grazing.” Wayne N. Hage must file aMore

Federal Land Good for Local Economies

March 1, 2017 — The question of whether states should be given management responsibilities for federal lands raises impassioned arguments over the best use of wide swaths of the American West. Often lost in that debate is little-noticed researchMore

Grizzly Reintroduction Considered for North Cascades

February 16, 2017 — Federal wildlife officials have launched a series of public forums to discuss a proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state and British Columbia. Plans call for reestablishing aMore

Planning Like It’s 1983

February 8, 2017 — In a move widely viewed as a nod toward proponents of local control of public lands, the House of Representatives yesterday voted to scrap a new rule governing planning conducted by the Bureau ofMore

GOP Lawmaker Withdraws Bill to Transfer Federal Land

February 2, 2017 — Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz announced last night that he will withdraw a bill that called for transferring more than 3 million acres of federal land to state ownership. The Republican’s abrupt move came afterMore

Where We Go From Here

January 20, 2017 — Today marks the beginning of a new era for our public lands. There are many questions yet to be answered: Who will become the chief of the Forest Service? What strategies will the newMore

Former Georgia Governor Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary

January 19, 2017 — Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor who famously led a prayer vigil for rain outside the state Capitol during a drought, is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Agriculture, which overseesMore

Throwing Money at Fires

January 11, 2017 — On September 17, 2016, six fires sparked along a remote road on the Modoc National Forest in California—the presumed work of an arsonist. As is the case with 98 percent of wildfires, four ofMore