Utah lawmakers to address ‘hell’ of BLM-created wild horse crisis

“It is a hell,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, sponsor of HCR22. “They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” Ivory said. “This is a hell for the ecosystem. This is a hell for wildlife species. … This is a hell for the animals themselves.” Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Lawmakers want feds to rein in wild […]

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GAO: Grazing conflicts often the result of poor management

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office criticizes public lands agencies for poor management of grazing permits. The watchdog says conflicts and armed standoffs over grazing rights, like the one in 2014 in Nevada, would be less likely if public land agencies improved their permit tracking methods. More Grazing Conflicts Likely if Federal Agencies Don’t Improve Accountability In a new report, […]

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Would Bears Ears designation expose sacred sites to destructive tourist traffic?

Bears Ears: Will tourism be placed over preservation? “At the Effigy National Monument, it seems like tourism took precedence over preservation. Can we expect the same should the Bears Ears region be designated a national monument? The people of San Juan County, who aren’t willing to gamble with the answer to that question, have loudly voiced their opposition to the […]

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Starvation or Euthanasia: BLM left with grim options in feral horse disaster

Euthanize captive wild horses? Advisory board asserts drastic action is needed A helicopter drops low to herd wild horses into a corral at the gather in Mare Canyon near Meeker. The Bureau of Land Management has captured nearly 50,000 wild horses and burros while trying to meet population goals. An advisory board for the agency recommends adding euthanasia to the […]

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BLM flip-flops on motorized travel, after county commissioner convicted

BLM considering trail plans for controversial Recapture Canyon Convicted commissioner calls proposals ‘way past due’; agency calls them ‘big milestone’ By Dennis Romboy Deseret News BLANDING — The Bureau of Land Management is considering proposals for the future of the southeastern Utah canyon where a San Juan County commissioner led an ATV protest ride that landed him in jail. The BLM’s […]

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Northwest farmers, ranchers take action to mitigate wildfire damage

Rural landowners assert role in fighting wildfires by Chad Sokol Spokesman-Review Wildfires in rural Washington have again brought complaints from farmers and property owners about their role in protecting their land. The fire in Valleyford has been out for a week, for instance, but Jack Lacher is still fuming. When the farmer spotted a pillar of smoke on the other […]

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