Antiquities Act, unilateral monuments in crosshairs of Western conservative lawmakers

Bears Ears has already gained national attention as a battleground between former President Barack Obama’s focus on environmental protection and locals who oppose more federal restrictions on land use. But some Republicans have their eye on a much broader rollback of the president’s authority to establish monuments. Jack Fitzpatrick Morning Consult Conservative lawmakers from Western states believe they have a rare […]

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PLF fights Forest Service closure of thousands of miles of California roads and trails

At issue is the unlawful way that the Service, seven years ago, implemented its 2005 Travel Management Rule.  That rule called for formal designation of the trails and roads available for motorized use in national forests.  The Service excluded thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that had been used by the public for generations. Feds illegally imposed […]

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Utah takes steps to advance local stewardship of lands within the state

Public land ranchers won’t have to worry about their grazing fees skyrocketing or their allotments being sold to developers — if and when Utah gains title to millions of public acres from the U.S. government. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’ Public land […]

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Addressing inequality of western states through locally-sourced stewardship

Federal land agencies have managed the West like a museum for years. This hands-off management approach has resulted in watershed destruction, air pollution, and forest and wildland fires. Our communities and the environment deserve better. States have the know-how and incentives to repair decades of federal neglect by tending to the environment like the garden that it is. FAQs complied […]

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