Latest Bureau of Land Management News

Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

Nov. 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council, both based in La Grande, Oregon, filed the suit in...

BLM proposes 105 parcels for oil and gas lease sale

Nov. 14, 2019 11:46 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to offer 105 oil and gas lease parcels totaling about 118,200 acres (47,833 hectares) in Wyoming at a quarterly lease sale next March. In coordination with the state, the BLM is deferring four whole parcels and a portion of one other because...

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 2:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases are set to go to auction. The move came after a judge blocked a Trump administration attempt to curtail protection of habitat...

Sage grouse court order trims energy lease auction in Nevada

Nov. 11, 2019 10:19 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have withdrawn more than 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) of public land from a swath of eastern Nevada where oil and gas drilling leases go to auction this week after a judge blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ease protection of sage grouse...

Acting BLM director willing to move to Colorado

Nov. 9, 2019 12:58 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says he'd be willing to relocate when the agency moves its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to western Colorado. William Perry Pendley says he would first need to be appointed BLM director. Pendley says he's still...

Walk along strange oolite rocks on this Idaho hike

Nov. 9, 2019 3:31 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It takes an hour by car through the desert east of Boise and another half-mile on foot through a sea of sagebrush before you start to see signs of Lake Idaho. The lake itself, which once covered the Treasure Valley, dried up millions of years ago. The fossils, rare soils and almost...

Nevada suit seeks to protect rare wildflower from mining

Oct. 31, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are suing the Trump administration to try to block mining exploration in Nevada they say would wipe out the only known population of a desert wildflower. The Center for Biological Diversity filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this...

Dems in Congress demand update on Interior wild horse plans

Oct. 27, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West after the head of its public lands agency told reporters it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get overpopulated herds under control....

Official: Solving wild horse problem will take $5B, 15 years

Oct. 23, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — It will take $5 billion and 15 years to get an overpopulation of wild horses under control on federal lands across the West, the acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday, adding that several developments have made him more optimistic about his agency's ability to...

Whistleblower reinstated after Nevada grazing dispute

Oct. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime government range specialist who claimed he was fired in retaliation for repeatedly reporting illegal livestock grazing on federal land in eastern Nevada has been reinstated as part of a settlement of his whistleblower complaint against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A...