Tag Archives: U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Moving the BLM puts our public lands in peril

County commissioners in the rural American West possess the daunting authority of Afghan warlords, it’s been said. They wield their power by demanding federal agencies do their bidding in the vast expanse of public lands in which the counties are embedded. Too often, they have their way. Last month, the Trump administration announced a plan […]
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BLM Plan Would Open Oregon Public Lands to Development

In May, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft resource management plan amendment that will guide how 4.6 million acres of public lands in southeastern Oregon are managed for the next two decades. Source: BLM Plan Would Open Oregon Public Lands to Development

Pole Fire spreads

UPDATE: Crews make progress on Pole Fire High winds, heavy fuel loading and steep inaccessible terrain continue to challenge firefighters on the Pole Fire, according to a news release Wednesday morning from Alan Crouch, spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management-Vale District. The lightning-caused blaze started Monday and has grown to nearly 700 acres. Additional […]
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Editorial: Move BLM headquarters to Colorado

A plan to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters out of Washington, D.C., to Colorado is giving some people a panic attack. But it could be just what the BLM and the federal government need more of. The list of criticisms of the move is long and shrill. If it’s something the Trump administration […]
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Guest column: BLM proposes flawed plan for public land

A fall hunt highlights opportunity to comment on a proposed plan to manage 4.6 million acres of public lands Last fall I hunted mule deer in the Owyhee Canyonlands, where some friends and I were fortunate enough to draw tags. It was an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Source: Guest column: BLM proposes flawed […]
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Acting BLM head has favored selling public lands

An ardent critic of the federal government who has argued for selling off almost all public lands has been named the Trump administration’s top steward over nearly a quarter-million federally controlled acres, raising new questions about the administration’s intentions for vast Western ranges and other lands roamed by hunters, hikers and wildlife. Interior Secretary David […]
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Crews mop up lighting-caused wildfires

Vale BLM Fire crews on Wednesday afternoon were putting the finishing touches on the last two of seven wildfires started during Monday and Tuesday’s lightning storms. The 2,400-acre Drummond Basin Fire, five miles south of Three Forks in the Owyhee Canyon WSA, was at 95 percent contained at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and was expected to […]
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Proposed Surgery To Sterilize Oregon Wild Horses Raises Hackles

Wild horses walk a fine line between icon and unwanted. The Bureau of Land Management is eyeing an Oregon experiment to spay wild mares as a potential model for the West. Among the many horses, fence panels and mounds of manure at a Bureau of Land Management wild horse corral, a nursing colt ducked between his […]
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Lightning sparks fires: Largest blaze 1,500 acres and not contained

Lightning was the cause of at least six different wildfires in southern and central Malheur County starting late Monday night and spreading into Tuesday. According to an update from the Bureau of Land Management – Vale District, “No roads have been closed, no private property has been lost and no injuries have been reported.” Source: […]
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Our view | Move government closer to the governed

Last week it was reported that the Trump administration has decided to move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C., to Grand Junction, Colorado. The Interior Department, the parent agency of the BLM, has yet to confirm the news, but the administration has made moving the headquarters to a western state […]
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