How do you spell ‘Sustainability?’ R-A-N-C-H-I-N-G

Cattle also play a positive role in sustaining our prairie grassland ecosystems. By utilizing forages to produce high-quality protein on lands not suited for farming, cattle reduce soil erosion and contribute to enhanced soil carbon storage. They’re grazing presence on the state’s grasslands also contributes to the stimulation of healthy grass growth and overall range quality. Warren Zenker North Dakota […]

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Greens vs Greens: Oregon wind project loses battle with sage grouse

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had approved the project, and Harney County granted a key permit. But environmental groups, including the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Audubon Society of Portland, challenged the BLM’s environmental review of the project. It needed the environmental review partly because the transmission line’s right of way would cross public lands. OregonLive/AP A federal […]

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BLM revision plan means states have more say, but enviros hate it

Indeed, in directing BLM to “make every effort to restore order, focus, and efficiency to the Federal land planning process,” Zinke clearly takes aim at green groups, as well as what the former Republican congressman from Montana often complained was federal government overreach. Scott Streater E&E News Zinke orders BLM ‘back to the drawing board’ on land use, NEPA Interior […]

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Would move west improve BLM accountability, or put the fox in the hen house?

All this make it worth pondering the question of whether BLM HQ should be moved to rural Western Colorado–which, by the way, has been economically harmed because of anti-fossil fuel BLM regulations, and its heavy-handed interference with ranching, farming, and other resource-based industries. Will moving the less-than-popular Bureau of Land Management’s national operations to the rural West be the equivalent […]

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Dependence on foreign minerals can be addressed with faster permitting, fewer regulations

To address supply chain vulnerability and import dependence, President Trump and Congress should examine ways to speed up permitting of new U.S. mines and smelters, eliminate duplicative regulations and support policies that encourage resource and materials innovation. JS Jacques Fox Business Opinion Even as President Trump impresses markets by putting infrastructure investment and renewed manufacturing leadership at the core of […]

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BLM ‘wild, scenic’ designation clashes with rancher’s water rights, bank stabilization efforts

The plaintiffs claim BLM’s own analysis found that state and county governments are already protecting the river, so leaving the segment undesignated wouldn’t threaten its wild and scenic values. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Oregon ranch fighting Rogue River management plans An Oregon ranch is challenging federal management plans for a 63.5-mile stretch of the Rogue river, arguing they’ll impede stabilization […]

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Top 7 reasons Trump EPA cuts are good for America

So much for “protecting public health,” ensuring “environmental justice,” and safeguarding our most “vulnerable communities.” It’s as if we’ve come full circle, and now need to be protected from the EPA. In truth, that goes all the way back to the agency’s first administrator, William Ruckelshaus, who ignored his own scientists, banned DDT, and sentenced tens of millions of Africans and […]

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If you want to protect forests, you must harvest trees

You want to save a forest? Buy wood products and plant trees. Those are ways to ensure that overgrown forests are properly managed and replanted for the future. Buying wood products keeps forest land forested. Otherwise, land owners may convert the land into something else. Chaille Brindley Pallet Enterprise Thinking Ahead: Losing the Forests Because We Are Trying to Save […]

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Zinke gives hope to coal country, approves $22 million lease in Central Utah

“For many communities and tribes in Utah, Montana, New Mexico and other states across the west, coal on public lands has been both a boon and a missed opportunity. With the potential for thousands of jobs and millions in economic opportunity, the Interior Department is committed to balancing the development and conservation of these resources. The Greens Hollow lease sale […]

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Rural Western Colorado leaders dispute water diversions to urban Front Range

Seven Western Colorado legislators have a message for Gov. John Hickenlooper, but really it’s for the Front Range: the West Slope is tapped out. Joey Bunch ColoradoPolitics.com Seven Western Colorado legislators have a message for Gov. John Hickenlooper, but really it’s for the Front Range: the West Slope is tapped out. “An abundance of additional West Slope water available to […]

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