Bureau of Land Management

Two cows resting under Joshua trees on a sunny day in the Mojave desert.

The BLM’s Conservation and Landscape Health Rule: An Explainer

Why is the agency’s effort to put conservation on an equal footing with other uses so controversial?

May 6, 2024 - Outdoor Life

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Western Solar Plan Charts Course for Development on Public Lands

The BLM’s proposed maps could open up as much as 55 million acres to solar installations.

April 11, 2024 - High Country News

Stone hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah at golden hour.

How the Great American Outdoors Act Improved Public Lands

The 2020 federal law has helped fund park maintenance projects and improve access to public lands.

February 15, 2024 - High Country News

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Utah Lawmakers Call for Housing on Public Lands

State lawmakers spoke out in support of a proposed federal bill that would permit housing development on federal lands.

February 11, 2024 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Close-up of desert tortoise in Nevada desert.

BLM Allocates Funding to Study Renewables Impact on Public Lands

The large-scale study will assess how proposed solar farms and other renewable energy projects could impact animals, plants, and habitats.

January 1, 2024 - KLAS

Rainbow over red rocks and river in Utah's Labyrinth Canyon.

BLM Releases New Plan for Moab Area

The plan limits motorized recreation to protect natural and cultural resources.

October 6, 2023 - High Country News

View of Havasu Falls with bright turquoise water and a canyon winding through red vertical cliffs in the Grand Canyon

Biden Announces New National Monument on Havasu 'Baaja Land

Almost 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon will now be protected from mining and extraction as part of the country’s newest national monument.

August 10, 2023 - Arizona Republic

Looking up at giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park at sunrise with sun's rays coming through trees

Public Lands in the United States, Part One: “Redeemed From Wilderness”

This is part one in a blog series examining the history of public lands in the United States and their shifting role in the American psyche.

May 31, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

Herd of bison grazing in green field with snow-capped Wyoming mountains in background

Public Lands Rule Would Center Conservation

After decades of protecting extractive interests, federal law could reverse course and put conservation on par with other uses.

April 16, 2023 - High Country News

Bears Ears National Monument

The Trump Administration's Trail of Broken Environmental Regulations

Critics of the Trump administration who chide the president for a lack of accomplishments should check the environmental record.

October 25, 2020 - The New York Times

Dalton highway and Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Plan to Auction Oil Drilling Rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Finalized

The Trump administration has a new signature achievement, in finalizing a plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

August 18, 2020 - The Washington Post

San Pedro River

The Environmental Consequences of the Arizona Border Wall

A segment of the planned U.S.-Mexico border wall would cut across the San Pedro River and threaten the area’s wildlife and plants.

January 14, 2020 - Herald/Review

Oil Pump in Los Angeles

Trump Administration Reopens California Public Lands to Oil and Gas Drilling

A decision by the Bureau of Land Management on Oct. 3 may reverse the outcome of a 2013 lawsuit against the Obama administration by two environmental groups that effectively halted drilling in Fresno, Monterey and San Benito counties.

October 11, 2019 - The Hill

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Op-Ed: Feds 'Obsessed' with Undermining National Monument

Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is under severe assault from the Trump administration, Stephen Trimble writes. Long the focus of preservation efforts, the protected land is being opened up for extractive uses.

September 29, 2019 - The Hill

Wild Horses BLM

New Bureau of Land Management Head Wants to Sell Public Lands

The Trump administration's attack on the protection and conservation of public lands has a new champion.

August 3, 2019 - Associated press via The Salt Lake Tribune


Department of Interior Plans to Open 1 Million Acres in California to Fracking

The Bakersfield Office of the Bureau of Land Management released an environmental study that is the basis for undoing a 2013 de facto moratorium on fracking on federal lands in California. The Supplemental EIS triggers a 45-day public comment period.

April 28, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Utility-Scale Solar

World's Largest Concentrating Solar-Thermal Plant Plan a No-Go

Developers have withdrawn an application to build the world's largest concentrating solar-thermal power facility.

April 17, 2019 - Bloomberg Environment


Latest Obama-Era Regulations Targeted by the Trump Administration: Methane Rules

One Obama-era climate regulation still on the books deals with methane leakage from oil and gas wells. The greenhouse gas is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Another methane regulation targeted deals with flaring on federal lands.

September 13, 2018 - The New York Times

Southwest Oregon

Surprise: Department of Justice Fights for an Expanded National Monument in Oregon

The U.S. Department of Justice is fighting a lawsuit that would overturn a decision by the Obama Administration to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon.

July 27, 2018 - The Oregonian

Monument Review: Recreation a Larger Economic Benefit Than Ranching and Timber Combined

Why is the Department of Interior considering a reduction of the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument?

July 5, 2018 - Oregon Public Broadcasting

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