Advocates of protecting sage grouse habitat across the West say new research shows visitors to federal rangelands pumped more than $1 billion into the economy last year.
The Bureau of Land Management says the Buck Rising timber harvest in Southern Oregon balances healthy forests and a healthy timber economy. Conservation groups say the environmental protections aren’t strong enough.
The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.
Critics have long considered roundups of mustangs by helicopter as inhumane. But an OPB investigation shows that the alternative results in the same rate of death for horses rounded up in Oregon.
The U.S. House of Representatives debated a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase logging on federal forestlands in the Northwest.
While members of Oregon's congressional delegation try to find a way to increase logging on the so-called O&C lands, the federal agency that oversees them is working on a new management plan.
An Oregon State University professor is among eight researchers whose new study calls on federal land managers to reduce livestock grazing on public rangeland. The report concludes that the combined effects of climate change and grazing can damage the soil and water.
If you thought the summer's smoky skies were a thing of the past, think again: Federal land managers say it's the season for fall burning activities.
Local groups and state representatives are pushing for 1,000 acres of BLM land in the San Juan Islands to be put into conservation - as either a National Conservation Area or a National Monument.
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar is promoting experimental timber sales in the Pacific Northwest that incorporate ecological principles and mimic some of the aspects of a large wildfire.
What if a timber harvest is a little more like a fire that levels parts of the forest but leaves other patches standing? And what if the land is given more time to naturally recover after logging, instead of being densely replanted with trees? That's what the BLM is proposing for a series of new timber sales.
The sage grouse's dwindling numbers merits action to improve its habitat throughout the West, the Bureau of Land Management decides, even though the chicken-like bird is not on the federal list of endangered or threatened species.