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The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.

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The Department of Interior just released a new science policy that it says will increase transparency. But conservationists are concerned. 

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase lands for preservation and conservation.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released more details about his plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. The plan could have big impacts for public lands in the west.

 

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As crews struggle to bring Idaho's wildfires under control, federal officials have traced at least five of the fires back to exploding targets used by recreational shooters.  Idaho Matters speaks with BLM officials about the danger of using these targets and other catalysts for wildfires.

  • Kevin Richert recaps last week's State Superintendent debate
  • The BLM describes how recreational shooting can cause wildfires
  • Dogs fly into Boise for adoption
  • A look at the first Goathead Fest

Earlier this year, Federal Officials in Utah posted the confidential location and description of about 900 artifacts - by mistake. Reveal News reported the Bureau of Land Management’s error this week. Now archaeologists are worried that these artifacts are now vulnerable to looters.  

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A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—
including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.

 

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The Bureau of Land Management released 26 wild horses into the wild last week. They were the survivors of the Soda Fire of 2015 and on Monday's Idaho Matters we talk with Heather Tiel-Johnson, spokeswoman for Idaho's Wild Horse and Burro program.

  • BLM releases wild Soda Fire horses.
  • Department of Agriculture monitoring invasive species.
  • Exploring Glacier National Park.

In another shuffle of department leadership, the Bureau of Land Management has a new Deputy Director of Operations. The agency, along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, still await Senate-confirmed directors. 

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The Bureau of Land Management has launched a new website meant to make wild horse adoption easier. It has several streamlined search functions, allowing you to select the price range, age, gender and even location of wild horses currently waiting to be adopted.


From the moment we first laid eyes on them, Americans have been captivated by mustangs — with their strength, their determination and their wild nature. They have been featured in countless Western paperbacks, movies and songs through the years, and we’ve named war planes and muscle cars after them.


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Following Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke's repeated calls for more management of public lands, this spring the Bureau of Land Management is giving certain ranchers more say and options in grazing their cattle on public lands.

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In January, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced he wanted to create 13 distinct regions of the country, with the intention of decentralizing the D.C.-based agency.

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