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The Bureau of Land Management releases new plans for managing sage grouse habitat across public lands in Oregon, Idaho and eight other Western states.
A report by the BLM’s Office of Inspector General says the agency’s fire fighting program can’t "account for all fire purchases" and is "susceptible to fraud."
Fish & Wildlife | local | Land | NewsApril 22, 2014 9:49 p.m.
In Central Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management is putting new restrictions on the outdoor hobby of "geocaching." Geocachers, as they're called, navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates in order to find a cache, usually a hidden waterproof container containing trinkets and a logbook.
Leases for coal mining on public lands in the West are costing taxpayers millions because they should be bringing in more money, a new government study suggests — and the problem could get worse if that coal gets exported through the Pacific Northwest.
Leases for coal mining on public land cost taxpayers millions because they should be worth much more, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. They could be more costly if Northwest coal export terminals get built.
An internal BLM memo calls for drastic changes in the federal wild horse program.
One of the iconic whitewater runs in the Northwest is back in business. The lower wild section of the Rogue River re-opened to rafts and kayaks Monday.
A federal agency tries to work thinout an agreement in court to prevent logging on its land in Southwest Oregon from being tied up in lawsuits.
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An independent panel assembled by the National Science Academy’s National Research Council has studied how the Bureau of Land Management manages wild horse populations. They recommend the federal government change its strategy. The panel says rather than going to the expense of rounding up and housing the horses, the BLM would be better served by investing in horse contraception. At the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, Jay Kirkpatrick and his team manufacture and distribute a contraceptive vaccine used in wildlife and horses — and train people to administer it. Kirkpatrick praises the panel's report, and says its conclusions are long overdue. We'll talk with him and with Oregon's wild horse manager to find out what the situation is like here.
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) controls much of the coal supply in the western United States. When the BLM leases coal to mining companies, the agency collects royalty payments on that land on behalf of American taxpayers. While there's been a recent rise in demand for U.S. coal on the Asian market, the royalty payments haven't kept pace. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has called for an investigation into this discrepancy. The main focus is on the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, which accounts for 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States.
The Long Draw Fire is the largest Oregon wildfire in nearly 150 years. Firefighters managed to completely contain the SE Oregon fire earlier this week, but ranchers, land owners, and public officials in the area are still taking stock of the damage. Meanwhile fires continue to start up across the state, and are expected to keep flaring until October. Once the fires are brought under control, a new discussion will begin about what to do with the land that was burned. Mark Wilkening of the Vale District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) explained to us that most of the burn area is BLM land. Ranchers graze their cows on that land, but after a burn, it is BLM policy to let that land rest for two years in order to rehabilitate it. Ranchers object, saying there is evidence that grazing after a fire doesn't harm the land.
We enjoy them for the beauty, recreation, and wilderness. But many of our forests begin life in seed orchards. The seeds grown in Bureau of Land Management seed orchards furnish timber companies, restoration projects, and landscapers across the world with stronger, faster growing trees as well as sustainable income for the state.
In central Oregon there's an increasingly popular form of hunting that never kills animals. Kids and parents comb the ground in late winter searching for fallen antlers that deer naturally shed. Oregon Shed Hunters encourage responsible shed hunting in the hopes that the state leaves the sport unregulated.