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More Trouble for Trump’s Interior Department

April 25, 2019 — A half dozen officials in President Trump’s Department of the Interior are under investigation for possible ethics violations, according to a Washington Post article published this week. All are accused of engaging with formerMore

Photo Retake Project Documents Long-Term Changes

April 16, 2019 — Sometimes a great deal of insight about how landscapes change over time can be gained through relatively low-tech approaches. A “repeat photography” project on Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest offers a case in point. HalfMore

Ex-Lobbyist Bernhardt New Interior Department Chief

April 12, 2019 — David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and gas industry who has drawn intense criticism for alleged conflicts of interest during his stint as a top official in the Trump administration’s Department ofMore

Group Sues Over Drilling Near Mount St. Helens

April 9, 2019 — A conservation group is suing the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for approving a Canadian company’s request to explore for gold and other minerals just outside the Mount St. Helens NationalMore

Controversial Utah Ski Expansion On Hold—For Now

April 5, 2019 — The owners of a small Utah ski area have apparently withdrawn a request for a Forest Service permit that would clear the way for a major expansion into a roadless area of the Uinta-Wasatch-CacheMore

Agency Agrees to Reduce Virginia Logging Plans

April 2, 2019 — The Forest Service has scaled back a proposed logging project in a scenic area of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, earning praise from conservationists. Agency officials initially proposed logging nearly 1,500 acres aroundMore

Agency Approves Plan for Arizona Copper Mine

March 26, 2019 — The Forest Service has approved a Canadian firm’s plan of operations for a nearly $2 billion open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. plans to extractMore

Judge Blocks Drilling Over Climate Concerns

March 21, 2019 — In a ruling that could reverberate across federally managed lands, a U.S. district court judge on Monday found that the Bureau of Land Management must take climate change into account when deciding whether toMore

BLM Considers Burning Man Expansion

March 19, 2019 — The Bureau of Land Management is considering a request to allow 20,000 more people to attend the Burning Man celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year. Currently, 80,000 people are permitted to attendMore