Land management

FILE - In this a July 11, 2002, file photo, Dr. Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of "Manchado," a Mexican Spotted Owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened owl. The order issued earlier Sept. 2019, out of the U.S. District Court in Tucson covers 18,750 square miles. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)
October 01, 2019 - 4:53 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A tree-cutting ban in Southwest forests meant to protect a threatened spotted owl was narrowed Tuesday to exclude personal firewood cutting permits that residents in rural areas rely on to heat their homes and cook. The ban on timber management activities covers 18,750...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2019 file photo President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks during an event on the environment in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The U.S. Secretary of Interior has extended the tenure of the Trump administration's top steward of public lands, rebuffing Democrats' calls for his termination. Bernhardt on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 extended William Perry Pendley's role as Bureau of Land Management Acting Director to Jan. 3. Pendley has been in the post since July. Senate Democrats had called for Pendley's ouster over his longstanding support for selling public lands. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 30, 2019 - 11:23 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Secretary of Interior has extended the tenure of the Trump administration's top steward of public lands, rebuffing Democrats' calls for his termination. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt on Monday extended William Perry Pendley's role as Bureau of Land Management...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018 file photo, wild horses drink from a watering hole outside Salt Lake City. A Senate panel has approved $35 million for a new wild horse initiative backed by animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by the largest mustang protection coalition that says it would put the free-roaming animals on a path to extinction. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
September 30, 2019 - 1:16 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congress is closer to approving a contentious wild horse initiative backed by national animal welfare groups and the livestock industry but condemned by leaders of the largest and oldest coalition of mustang advocates in the West. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $35...
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September 29, 2019 - 1:40 pm
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. (AP) — A timber company is selling some swamp and forest land to a conservation group that hopes to donate the land to the Congaree National Park in South Carolina. Friends of Congaree Swamp bought the 214 acres (87 hectares) from Weyerhaeuser for $783,000. The State...
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FILE - In this a July 11, 2002, file photo, Dr. Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of "Manchado," a Mexican Spotted Owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened owl. The order issued earlier Sept. 2019, out of the U.S. District Court in Tucson covers 18,750 square miles. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)
September 26, 2019 - 10:14 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. District Court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest over concern about a threatened owl. "We have some elderly people that...
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FILE - This June 16, 2015, aerial file photo, shows the Badger-Two Medicine area near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park, rear, in Montana. President Donald Trump's public lands steward, acting U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley, has recused himself from dealings with a company seeking to drill in the Badger-Two Medicine following criticism from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and environmentalists. (Tristan Scott/Flathead Beacon via AP, File)
September 25, 2019 - 6:07 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest allegations from Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates, federal officials disclosed Wednesday. Acting Bureau of...
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In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Secretariat, Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects a burnt forest in Pelalawan, Riau province, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Widodo traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. (Laily Rachev, Indonesian Presidential Secretariat via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 7:06 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,...
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FILE - This Wednesday, July 24, 2019 file photo shows Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Neguse is among Congressional Democrats who are questioning a Trump administration official's commitment to public lands and his attitude toward Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, was asked Tuesday by the House Committee on Natural Resources about his past advocacy for selling public lands and comments he allegedly made about Native Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 10, 2019 - 7:43 pm
DENVER (AP) — Skeptical Democrats questioned a Trump administration official Tuesday on whether he's committed to preserving public lands and whether he respects Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, appeared before the House Natural...
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FILE - This July 9, 2017 file photo, shows a view of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. The U.S. government's final management plan for lands in and around the Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized is light on new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal last year. A summary the Bureau of Land Management provided to The Associated Press shows that the plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah codifies that the lands cut out of the monument will be open to mineral extraction such as oil, gas and coal as expected. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP, File)
August 23, 2019 - 2:04 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government's final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn't include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does have a few more safeguards than were...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, firefighters battle the Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood in Contra Costa County, Calif. California fire officials say acreage burned so far in 2019 is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 19, 2019 - 9:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is not burning. At least not as much as it has in recent years. Acreage burned through Sunday is down 90% compared to the average over the past five years and down 95% from last year, according to statistics from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The...
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