Latest Bureau of Land Management News

Group seeks postponement of planned roundup of wild horses

Jan. 11, 2020 5:02 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A group that advocates for protection of wild horses says a federal agency didn't provide adequate notice of a weeks-long roundup planned to begin Monday in eastern Nevada and western Utah and is asking for a postponement. The American Wild Horse Campaign said in a statement Friday that...

FILE - This May 13, 2006 file photo shows a desert tortoise at its new home in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve east of Leeds, Utah. More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. The four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists. The Spectrum newspaper reported the road would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Bureau of Land Management officials opened the public comment period in December 2019 and say they will now go through all of the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement. (Brain Passey/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Over 16K comment on highway set for desert tortoise habitat

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah, federal officials said. The proposed four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists, because...

Roberson retiring as Utah head for Bureau of Land Management

Jan. 2, 2020 11:16 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state director for a federal agency that manages land accounting for about two-fifths of the state of Utah is retiring. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's state office for Utah announced Thursday that State Director Edwin Roberson would retire Friday from a post he has held...

Federal officials to resume wild horse roundups south of Ely

Dec. 31, 2019 2:55 AM EST

ELY, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials plan to resume the roundup of dozens of wild horses south of Ely in early January. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management began gathering the horses in November but had to suspend the work when the animals moved into higher elevation wilderness with more pinon and juniper...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2013 file photo, the

Burning Man organizers sue over millions in US permit fees

Dec. 25, 2019 7:31 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man organizers sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to recover millions of dollars they say the government has overcharged them in fees over the past seven years at the counter-culture celebration in the Nevada desert. Black Rock City LLC, the nonprofit that produces the annual...

Officials say fewer eagles returning to Lake Coeur d'Alene

Dec. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EST

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Public land managers say the number of eagles flocking to northern Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene has unexpectedly dropped. Bureau of Land Management biologist Carrie Hugo counted 223 eagles last week, The Spokesman-Review reports. That compares to last year, when Hugo counted 367...

Federal government collects $10.8M in Wyoming lease sales

Dec. 12, 2019 12:58 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The final federal quarterly oil and gas lease sale in Wyoming this year netted $10.8 million in bids, the federal Bureau of Land Management announced. The BLM received bids on 123 parcels totaling about 123,000 acres around the state in Wednesday's sale. Wyoming produces more energy...

Top BLM employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

Dec. 11, 2019 12:36 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Career staff at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have until Thursday to tell the agency whether they’ll relocate from the nation’s capital to new posts in the West. That includes about 24 positions at the BLM’s new national headquarters in Grand...

Wyoming residents concerned about proposed horse facility

Dec. 1, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wild horse facility is looking to make its home in eastern Laramie County, but residents near the proposed site have some major concerns. The facility would hold wild horses captured by the Bureau of Land Management, and the BLM would pay South Dakota-based Equine Elite an amount...

Permits on sale to harvest Christmas trees on federal land

Nov. 27, 2019 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Christmas tree permits are now available at Bureau of Land Management offices around New Mexico. Federal land managers say the $5 permits will be sold in Albuquerque, Socorro, Taos, Farmington and Santa Fe through Dec. 24. For the Rio Puerco and Taos areas, Christmas tree...