Bureau of Land Management

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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