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UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019

Burning Man OK with BLM’s attendance cap; will fight searches

Burning Man organizers say they won’t challenge the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s plans to cap their attendance at current levels under a new 10-year permit, but they will fight …


Ranchers whose case sparked standoff get grazing rights back

Two ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon have had their grazing rights restored.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

New study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation to Idaho, Washington, other western states

Amid pressure in some states to transfer federal public land to state management and control, a study commissioned by several wildlife-related groups finds that federal land contributes billions of dollars …


Six years later: Life returns to BLM ground burned by 2012 Cave Canyon Fire

Six years later, Cave Canyon is now showing proof of successful rehabilitation efforts.


Federal agency pauses tree-removal plan to help sage grouse

The federal government on Wednesday put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking …


UPDATED: Sat., July 21, 2018

More fuel breaks planned to stop wildfires in Idaho, Oregon

Federal officials plan to put in more fuel breaks along roadways as part of a plan to stop wildfires in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.


BLM hopes to have Charcoal Fire contained by noon

The Bureau of Land Management is still investigating the cause of a fire near Lucky Peak Reservoir which began Wednesday evening and has since burned about 60 acres in the …


BLM releases wild horses into area affected by Soda Fire

The Bureau of Land Management’s release of 26 horses into the Sands Basin Herd Management Area marks the first time BLM-managed wild horses have roamed the area in three years …


Environmentalists get win in U.S. coal-climate change lawsuit

Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could …


US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved

Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.


Popular Spokane-area hiking trails expanded, improved

Hikers and mountain bikers are out for a pleasant surprise when they make their next visit to some of the Spokane area’s most popular trail systems.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

PALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers …


Wild horses expensive as adoption interest wanes

Billijo Beck and her 10-year-old daughter Grace walked the dusty path between Challis Wild Horse Corral pens last week looking for an addition to their stables. There were 18 horses …


Web page for BLM showcases coal mine

In a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Scablands waterfalls primed for hiking into wet landscape

Lowland snow and ice is waving goodbye to winter, leaving Eastern Washington squishing with water. This is prime time for a trek to absorb the power of a scablands waterfall.


Officials plan capture of wild horses in central Idaho

Federal officials say they plan to capture 150 wild horses starting later this month in central Idaho near Challis and remove about 50 for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Land …


Transferring federal land: an old idea that still offends the masses

Having a beef with the federal government is as old as the USA. So is the associated idealism and greed that’s helping fuel the current campaigns to transfer federal public …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017

BLM shuts down grazing areas

The Bureau of Land Management has formally barred sheep from three grazing allotments along the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers east and south of Riggins and reduced access to a …


BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming.


BLM places 2-year limit on mining in Methow Valley

The Bureau of Land Management says it will make 340,000 acres in Methow Valley off-limits to mining for two years while it studies the potential impact of large-scale mines.


Bald eagle gathering nears record at Lake Coeur d’Alene

Despite difficult viewing conditions, a near-record count of bald eagles was tallied Wednesday in the weekly winter survey at Lake Coeur d’Alene.


BLM drops plan to surgically sterilize wild horses

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped a research effort that would have led to the surgical sterilization of more than 200 wild mares at a facility in Oregon.


Out & About: Steelhead outlook grim in Snake system

Fishing for the normally reliable run of steelhead that return to the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers could be tough this fall.


U.S. announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds

Federal land managers announced long-awaited plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.


Plans to spay wild horses draws scrutiny

A plan to remove the ovaries of 100 wild horses has prompted backlash from a nonprofit horse group. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burns District said it plans to …


Idaho woman fined for trying to rescue wild horse

The Bureau of Land Management has fined an Idaho woman who attempted to rescue an emaciated wild horse.


Sage grouse concerns nix Oregon energy project

A federal appeals court has nixed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon.


Coal program on agenda for Seattle meeting

The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public input for its review of the federal coal program.


BLM plan to manage 2.5 million acres in Oregon draws fire

Conservation and fishing groups and an Indian tribe announced Monday they have filed protests against a draft federal proposal to manage 2.5 million acres of land in western Oregon – …


Emergency closure of Idaho public lands starts Sunday

Public lands in the Idaho Panhandle north of Interstate 90 and south of Bunco Road will be closed starting Sunday because of extreme wildfire danger.