BLM Idaho management plan to prohibit hobby rock collecting

Approximately 3 million acres are targeted for withdrawal in Idaho. Affected areas include much of the land in and around the Lost River basin between Challis and Arco as well as huge swaths of land around Carey. This area is prime rockhounding country. It would be a shame to effectively shut down recreational rockhounding in this mineral paradise. Gerald Gibeault […]

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VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee confronts unjust Obama seizure of Utah lands

VIDEO: Senator Mike Lee (R) Utah, explains the devious process which resulted in the federal seizure of over 1.3 million acres of resource-rich lands in San Juan County. The Obama Administration lied about the nature and true identity of those who lobbied for the creation of the Bears Ears National Monument. They were not the local Native American tribes of […]

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Utah Republicans plan to counteract possible Obama move on Bears Ears

Worried that Obama will aggressively act on his way out the door, opponents like Lee are now gearing up for a protracted fight to amend or repeal the law, and are even vowing to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration to overturn monuments already named by Obama.  They are paying special attention to Obama’s next rumored target for a […]

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POWDER KEG: 102 million dead trees on Forest Service lands in California

The majority of the 102 million dead trees are located in ten counties in the southern and central Sierra Nevada region. The Forest Service also identified increasing mortality in the northern part of the state, including Siskiyou, Modoc, Plumas and Lassen counties.  New Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California USDA Office of Communications VALLEJO, CALIF., […]

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Ranchers nervous about slickspot peppergrass ‘endangered’ listing

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant BOISE — It’s unclear if Idaho’s long-running battle with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a tiny desert flower will continue. Gov. Butch Otter’s office is weighing its options after the USFWS again listed the slickspot peppergrass as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Otter, a rancher, has fought a […]

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