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Major Expansion of Utah Ski Area Proposed

July 17, 2018 — The owners of a small ski area in Utah have grand plans for a major expansion into a wild corner of the Wasatch Range. The proposal includes construction of a 4.3-mile gondola that wouldMore

BLM Delays Offering Oil and Gas Leases in Colorado

July 13, 2018 — Officials with the Bureau of Land Management will consult with the Navajo Nation before moving forward with plans to open more than 18,000 acres to oil and gas drilling in Colorado. The agency hadMore

Trump Pardons Imprisoned Oregon Ranchers

July 10, 2018 — President Trump today pardoned two Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the 2016 armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, were sentenced to a mandatory minimum prison termMore

Forest Service to Give Nestlé New Permit

June 28, 2018 — The Forest Service yesterday agreed to issue a new permit to Nestlé, allowing the world’s largest water-bottling company to continue to remove millions of gallons each year from a creek on California’s San BernardinoMore

Lawsuits Filed Over Minnesota Mining Proposal

June 26, 2018 — In a trio of lawsuits, businesses and conservation groups are challenging a Trump administration decision to reinstate two expired mineral leases that could clear the way for industrial copper mining on the border ofMore

House Passes Disastrous Farm Bill

June 22, 2018 — It’s back, and worse than ever. The House of Representatives yesterday approved a 2018 Farm Bill that would gut environmental laws, hamstring citizen legal challenges and open now-protected stretches of Alaska’s Tongass and ChugachMore

Spotted Owl Decline Continues

June 18, 2018 — The Northwest Forest Plan, the landmark 1994 compromise designed in large part to protect northern spotted owls, will not alone be sufficient to save the deep-forest bird, according to a new scientific report. LastMore

Agency Must Decide on Nestlé Permit

June 12, 2018 — Forest Service officials in California must decide within a month whether to reissue a permit to Nestlé to withdraw water from the San Bernardino National Forest, according to a settlement agreement reached last week.More

Trump Administration May Waive Roadless Rule on Tongass

June 7, 2018 — The Trump administration is working with Alaska state government officials on plans to exempt the Tongass National Forest from a rule that forbids new road construction in wild areas. Forest Service interim Chief VickiMore