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BLM resumes work on update of Southern Nevada resource plan

In 2008, federal land managers launched the first major revision of their overall management plan for Southern Nevada since 1998. A decade later, they’re still working on it. Or, more accurately, they’re working on it again. The Bureau of Land Management restarted the planning process last fall, more than a year after State Director John Ruhs called a temporary halt ...

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BLM seeks feedback on Blackwell Island proposal

The BLM Coeur d’Alene Field Office is hoping to make a visit to the popular Blackwell Island boat launch and recreation site a bit more convenient. Blackwell Island is a fee site, and payment for the $6 parking fee has traditionally been by cash or check only. The BLM hopes to provide more flexibility and convenience for users by installing ...

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Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

A more conscious effort to protect Native Hawaiian cultural and natural resources has improved this gem of a historic trail. History and culture go hand in hand. In the same way, cultural and natural resources are not two different resources in native Hawaiian understanding. The entire environment – people, places, water, ocean, sky, and deities – is included. Trail management ...

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Stand up and protect our public lands

In September, I had the special opportunity to experience my first camping trip at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico, a long way from my home in Toms River, New Jersey. Sleeping under the stars in the mountains and among the tarantulas was certainly an experience I’ll never forget. During that trip to the national monument, organized ...

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Public Lands Agency Ordered Staff to Promote Oil and Gas on Social Media

Staff at the Bureau of Land Management were instructed to share photos of fossil fuel development on the agency’s Flickr page, FOIA documents reveal. In March, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) flooded its Flickr page with photos of oil wells and mining pits. The transformation was meant to boost the visibility of fossil fuel development on public lands, according ...

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Ocean Preserves

You have public lands in the ocean, which means Ryan Zinke wants to shrink them. The Interior Secretary’s recommendation to cut down national monuments in Utah, California, Oregon, and Nevada caused huge uproar. His potential cuts to some of the world’s most extensive ocean preserves, however, could be even more dramatic. The marine monuments in question include the Atlantic’s Northeast ...

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Ryan Zinke wants Trump to downsize even more national monuments

The interior secretary recommended shrinking four national monuments on Tuesday. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump officially downsized two of them, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Zinke’s final report recommends shrinking two more, Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou, although he did not specify exactly how much land those monuments would lose. Zinke also recommended that Trump reorganize six national ...

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5 Native American tribes gearing up for battle over national monuments

Today, the president signed two proclamations drastically cutting land from two federal monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, by 80 percent and 45 percent, respectively. When President Obama designated Bears Ears a national monument last year, it was a huge victory for five Utah tribes — the Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi, and the Pueblo ...

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