Latest Bureau of Land Management News

Bureau of Land Management prepared for expected fire season

Jun. 3, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management anticipates an above normal wildfire season this year and is prepared to protect its lands amid the coronavirus pandemic, acting director William Perry Pendley said. Pendley made the announcement Tuesday, saying the agency had a good hiring season...

Bid to halt Nevada oil drilling in sage grouse habitat

Jun. 1, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say the Trump administration’s approval of exploratory drilling for oil in sage grouse habitat on federal land in eastern Nevada violates its own protection guidelines and ignores concerns raised by scientists about potential harm to the bird imperiled across much...

Traditional cyclists, e-bikers clash over new trail rules

May. 16, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a couple days of hard hiking last fall, Tim Brass thought it was time to track down a motor. He was bowhunting in a trophy unit near Creede, and plenty of other hunters were using a motorized trail for swift access. His friend offered an e-bike. Brass got his elk. “Best hunting...

Hammonds drop appeal to compete for lost grazing allotments

May. 14, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hammond Ranches has dropped a legal challenge against the federal government, at least for now, to compete for cattle grazing allotments in eastern Oregon it lost last year. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management can now choose whether the Hammond family or one of three neighboring ranches...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2011, file photo, two young wild horses play while grazing in Reno, Nev. Federal land managers say it will take 20 years and cost more than $1 billion over the first six years alone to slash wild horse populations to sustainable levels necessary to protect U.S. range land. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Agency cites 'staggering' cost of reining in US wild horses

May. 14, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers say it will take two decades and cost more than $1 billion over the first six years alone to slash wild horse populations to sustainable levels necessary to protect U.S. rangeland. The Bureau of Land Management’s latest plans envision capturing 200,000...

Ex-Bureau of Land Management staffer pleads guilty to fraud

May. 5, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former employee with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has pleaded guilty to wire fraud after embezzling more than $20,000 in unauthorized government funds. Adrian Anthony Aragon, 49, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to dismiss six other...

Judge cancels hundreds of oil, gas leases in Montana

May. 1, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday canceled nearly 300 oil and gas leases in Montana because government officials failed to properly study the risks of all that drilling to the environment and water supply. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold 287 leases covering approximately 227 square...

Wyoming county seeks to acquire U.S. lands along rivers

Apr. 23, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A county in western Wyoming is moving ahead with longstanding plans to acquire land from the U.S. government despite a budget shortfall. Teton County commissioners recently voted to hire a consultant as it seeks to acquire the U.S. Bureau of Land Management holdings along the Snake and...

Several others apply for grazing allotments Hammonds’ lost

Apr. 21, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Hammond Ranches could be competing with several other applicants for access to federal grazing allotments that it lost in a court ruling last year. The company submitted one of four applications to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to use the 41 square miles (106 square...

Military applies to extend, expand testing range in Arizona

Apr. 21, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management is working with the military to allow for the continuation of testing, training and national defense at the Barry M. Goldwater Range in southern Arizona. The BLM is processing the military’s request to extend the current reservation of 1.7 million...