Latest Land management News

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Mar. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding...

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string...

National Guard to help protect California towns from fires

Mar. 20, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It's pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts and...

US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

Mar. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

The Latest: House chairman blasts Trump sage grouse plans

Mar. 15, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to protections for the ground-dwelling sage grouse in the U.S. West (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee says the Trump administration's decision to ease restrictions on energy...

Italy's ENI aims to zero carbon footprint upstream by 2030

Mar. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian energy firm ENI is aiming to make its upstream business carbon neutral by 2030 as part of a transformation to meet its Paris Agreement targets, CEO Claudio Descalzi said Friday during the presentation of a new business plan. The goal will be achieved by reducing carbon emissions...

Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill into law

Mar. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports...

Wanted: More pastures for West's overpopulated wild horses

Mar. 9, 2019 3:26 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — If you ever wished to gaze at a stomping, snorting, neighing panorama of Western heritage from your living-room window, now could be your chance. A classic image of the American West — wild horses stampeding across the landscape — not only has endured through the years...

Official: School illegally moved medical marijuana plants

Mar. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner illegally moved their cannabis crop into the school's primary growing facility, a state official said. The center and its private partner GB Sciences violated state law when they moved the...

California officials focus on forest management after fires

Mar. 5, 2019 8:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and Fire...