The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to prevent future mining at about 340,000 acres of federal lands in Washington’s Methow Valley. Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the agency’s national forest system, said her department will begin working on an administrative…

"Although the Constitution and specific federal statutes require ranchers be compensated for the value of their property interests when government officials cancel grazing permits in whole or in part (i.e. Federal Land Policy Management ActFLPMA, 1976), it is their range…