Latest Land management News

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May. 20, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

May. 20, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all. Trump's hyperbolic...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

May. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary...

Revived proposal for new oil, gas drilling in California

May. 9, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government moved Thursday toward allowing new oil and gas drilling on wide swaths of federal land in California that has been off-limits since environmentalists sued in 2013. The Bureau of Land Management issued final plans for oil and gas leases on about 800,000 acres (323,755...

California couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting tree

May. 8, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge ordered a couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting a 180-year-old oak tree that later died and causing other damage to a protected property about an hour north of San Francisco. The damage was discovered in 2014, when a concerned neighbor reported heavy equipment...

Ex-ministers condemn course of Brazil's environmental policy

May. 8, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Eight former Brazilian environment ministers lashed out at far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday, saying his administration is "wrecking" environmental protections. Gathered at the University of Sao Paulo, the former officials issued a blistering statement on what they called the...

US agency considers more visitors to popular hiking spot

May. 8, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the most exclusive and dramatic hiking spots in the southwestern United States could see bigger crowds under a new proposal unveiled Wednesday. The Bureau of Land Management is weighing increasing its daily visitor limits from 20 to 96 people a day at The Wave, a popular rock...

Idaho, Utah seek to defend Trump drilling plan lawsuit

Apr. 29, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two states are seeking to intervene on the side of the federal government after four conservation groups asked a judge to immediately halt drilling, mining and other activities to protect habitat for a ground-dwelling bird in seven Western states. Idaho and Utah filed documents in U.S....

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Apr. 25, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the...

National monument advisory panel new flashpoint in debate

Apr. 24, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A newly unveiled advisory committee that will help make management decisions for a downsized national monument in southern Utah has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over lands considered sacred to Native Americans as monument supporters cry foul about being left...