Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Trump's land boss pledges to steer clear of ex-clients

Sep. 25, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest allegations from Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates, federal officials disclosed Wednesday. Acting Bureau of Land...

Group sues US for details about impact of grazing program

Sep. 25, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. government is keeping details secret about a cattle grazing program in six Western states that could be harming habitat and endangered species, an environmental group says. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Western Watersheds Project said the Interior...

Government transfers land for more border wall

Sep. 18, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Department of Interior says it is transferring 560 acres (226 hectares) of federal land to the U.S. Army to speed up construction on 70 miles (113 kilometers) of border wall in West Texas, California and Arizona. This marks the first time the government has transferred land on an...

Agency boss: Past support for US land sales is 'irrelevant'

Aug. 28, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A newly appointed Trump administration official said his past support for selling federal lands was "irrelevant," after his selection to oversee an agency managing nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West drew a backlash. Acting Bureau of Land Management Director...

Environmentalists sue over Endangered Species Act rollbacks

Aug. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity,...