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April 5, 2019 — The owners of a small Utah ski area have apparently withdrawn a request for a Forest Service permit that would clear the way for a major expansion into a roadless area of the Uinta-Wasatch-CacheMore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

West Virginia Hydro Project Rejected

March 15, 2019 — The Forest Service has rejected a proposal to build a $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia, saying the project would harm rare species and degrade federally protected wetlands. FreedomWorks LLC,More

Court Rules Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again

February 26, 2019 — The bad news keeps coming for backers of a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span the Appalachian Mountains. Yesterday, a federal appellate court declined to reconsider its earlier finding that the Forest ServiceMore

Forest Service Proposes Reopening Road Through Grizzly Habitat

February 22, 2019 — The southern border isn’t the only place where Trump Administration proposals are stirring controversy. Last week, officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued a draft record of decision to rebuild a long-abandoned stretchMore