Public Lands/Wilderness Stories

  • BLM's 'Public Lands Rule' could reform conservation, access in NM Balancing the needs of the many with those who have traditionally reaped benefits from public lands is behind a new rule issued Thursday by the Bureau of Land Management. A quarter-million acres of public lands, including 13 million in New Mexico, now fall under the […]
  • FL Wildlife Corridor study reveals role in climate resilience, population growth As the Sunshine State grapples with rising temperatures and escalating weather events such as hurricanes, a new study sheds light on the pivotal role of Florida's Wildlife Corridor in mitigating the effects of climate change coupled with a surge of new residents. The report […]
  • SB 442 veto override ballots due back this week Ballots are due back in the Montana Secretary of State's office later this week, as lawmakers decide whether to override Gov. Greg Gianforte's veto of a high-profile funding bill that would reapportion money from the state's marijuana sales tax. Gianforte vetoed Senate Bill 442 after the […]
  • NW states, fed collaborate on prescribed burns to fight wildfires State and federal agencies are collaborating to increase the use of prescribed fires in the Northwest. Prescribed fire is the controlled use of burns to minimize the larger risks of wildfires and smoke. It is seen as an increasingly important strategy as wildfire seasons pose […]
  • Millions of dollars going to Verde River conservation in north central AZ More than $11 million in federal grant money will go to improve land and water conservation in the upper Verde River Watershed and Big Chino Grasslands in north central Arizona. The grant requires a 50% non-federal match, which The Nature Conservancy Arizona and […]
  • MT researchers: Let smaller wildfires burn A new study in the journal Nature Communications by Montana researchers said suppressing small wildfires is leading to larger, more intense and damaging blazes. According to the U.S. Forest Service, about 98% of wildfires are fully suppressed before they grow to 100 acres; most of them within 72 hours. […]
  • Ohio considers opening 40,000 acres in Wayne National Forest to fracking Ohio's Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments – and will answer questions in virtual sessions today and tomorrow, on a draft environmental assessment about the impacts of opening up 40,000 acres of Wayne National Forest to oil and gas leasing. The lands […]
  • Orphaned wells: Environmental, visual pollution for SW Indian Country Tribal communities, including those in New Mexico, can now apply for grant funding and direct assistance to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells across Indian Country. The U.S. Department of Interior is accepting applications for $55 million meant to address plugging, remediation and reclamation of […]