Bureau of Land Management

Northwest News
8:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Birth Control Darts Fired At Idaho Wild Horses To Slow Herd Growth

Birth control darts were used on some of these wild horses near Challis, Idaho.

Federal wild horse specialists from Idaho and Oregon have been trained in how to shoot birth control darts into the rumps of wild horses.

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Wild Horses
7:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Horses in the road are a real danger on the Warm Springs reservation.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too. Tribal range managers have one option that federal agencies don't, which is to send unwanted horses to foreign slaughterhouses. That's helping several Northwest tribes make headway to reduce populations of free-roaming horses, but not without creating some dismay.

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Hunting Derby
6:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Idaho Hunting Derby Has Minimal Environmental Impacts

Managers found any impacts from an Idaho hunting derby would be either non-existent or short-lived
Credit Flickr

Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state. That’s the finding of an environmental assessment released Wednesday. It’s part of a controversy that started last winter when hunters competed to kill wolves and coyotes during a two-day event.

The first predator derby attracted international attention, as well as online petitions, and even an undercover report in Vice magazine. Hunters competed for $1,000 prizes for the biggest wolf or most coyotes.

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Wild Horse Removal
7:16 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove fewer wild horses from rangelands in the coming months.
Credit MTSOfan / Flickr

The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Sage Grouse Habitat
6:25 am
Mon November 25, 2013

New Draft Plans To Conserve Greater Sage Grouse

Sage grouse numbers have been dwindling as their habitat decreases.
Credit Pacific Southwest Region/Flickr

Federal officials Friday released a draft plan to protect habitat for greater sage grouse in parts of the Northwest. Sage grouse numbers have been dwindling as their habitat decreases.

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Oregon Trail Repairs
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Help Repair Plundered Historic Trail

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management in Burley worked with local Boy Scouts to fill about 400 holes illegally dug by artifact hunters sometime this summer.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Flickr

Restoration work got underway this weekend on a two mile stretch of the Oregon Trail that cuts through southern Idaho. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management in Burley worked with local Boy Scouts to fill about 400 holes illegally dug by artifact hunters sometime this summer.

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Exploding Targets
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest

Tannerite is a consumer grade exploding target
Credit Rik Rose / Flickr

Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.

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Coal Mining Revenue
6:59 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Government Report: Coal Companies Are Pocketing Millions At Taxpayers’ Expense

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming. A new federal report says taxpayers aren't getting the full value of coal mined on public land.
Credit Katie Campbell

The Federal government is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue from companies that mine coal on public lands. That’s according to a new report released by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Mining Reforms
5:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audit Pushed To Rekindle Mining Act Reforms

Companies that mine copper and other hard rock minerals don’t have to report what they extract or pay royalties.
Credit Eric Guinther / Wikimedia Commons

A report released today indicates the United States Government has no idea exactly how much gold, silver and copper is being dug up from public lands. Lawmakers say it’s one more reason to overhaul a mining law from the 1800s.

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Forests
11:29 am
Tue January 17, 2012

BLM Proposes Logging More Selectively, Replanting Fewer Trees

What happens if a timber harvest is a little more like a fire or windstorm that leaves patches of trees behind? And what happens if you don’t replant trees after logging? That’s what the Bureau of Land Management is proposing for a series of experimental timber sales in Southern Oregon. Amelia Templeton reports.

Climb into the hills east of Roseburg Oregon, and you’ll find patches of old growth forest—and a lot of old clear-cuts.

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