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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Poll: Utah ready to fight for state control of public lands

The question is should use of those lands be determined by federal land agencies – like the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service – or by state officials. UPD’s pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds in his latest survey that 55 percent of Utahns want state officials to continue their battle to gain control of BLM and forest […]

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OPINION: 3 elements critical to winning Western lands debates

The fundamental root of the problem in current resource land use development is Federal management. The incredibly large mass of land the Feds are attempting to manage, under one set of rules, is an abysmal failure for the resource, the environment, the resource user and the tax payer. This will always be, due to the sheer size and complexity of […]

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EPA employees, other agencies skirt law, delete millions of official records

That’s “clearly a conflict of interest,” said Chaim Mandelbaum, counsel for the non-profit government watchdog Energy and Environment Legal Group. Mandelbaum’s group focuses on transparency and accountability issues in the federal government.  “My feeling is that it’s far more likely (than not) that the law was circumvented — it’s just impossible to prove because you lack the evidence,” Mandelbaum, who […]

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Zinke: BFF of D.C. bureaucracies and environmentalist special interests

Once upon a time, environmental groups would purchase land for conservation. Now they conscript government to seize it. In 2011 the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to consider the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to list 757 species under the Endangered Species Act, which could result in hundreds of millions of acres being withdrawn from private use. Secretary of Federal […]

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OPINION: Federal land ‘management’ a sham

If you think forest management is any better, check out the red and green mosaic that covers most of the West. The red is a tinderbox of pine trees killed by the pine bark beetle, ready to ignite with the smallest spark. Hiking behind my home, you will find many trees marked for cutting under a plan by the Forest […]

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Congress’ top watchdog warns feds not to destroy documents before transition

Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to agency heads Tuesday saying they have a duty under law to preserve and protect government records. Over the years, he said, his panel’s investigations were often stalled or blocked by administration officials deleting documents or who had used personal email accounts for government business. FEDERAL AGENCIES: ‘Do not purge, delete […]

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Utah Lands office intervenes in heated disputes between ranchers, feds

Johnson said those who believe in multiple use of the land need to stick together, or else be picked off “one by one,” by nongovernmental organizations opposed to public grazing. LAYTON — Redge Johnson said there is no reason to believe that another 150 years of grazing can’t continue on Utah’s public lands if people are willing to work out […]

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EPA bureaucratic anxiety spikes in wake of Republican election victories

U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early. And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory. Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers […]

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Colorado Governor give Forest Service free reign to raise fees on outdoor recreation

“So count on a flood of new fee proposals. I bet they have a big backlog of fees they want to charge that they haven’t been able to implement for the last two years,” said Kitty Benzar, whose Western Slope No Fee Coalition has spent 15 years fighting for fee-free access to public lands. The cash-strapped U.S. Forest Service now […]

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