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Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling
Public Lands
Trump Administration Backs Off Plans to Open Land Near Utah National Parks to Drilling

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has canceled plans to open tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas drilling near three national parks in Utah next month, a victory for environmentalists and residents angered by its proposal. In all,... Read More

GAO Report Says US Public Land Workers Face Assaults, Threats
Public Lands
GAO Report Says US Public Land Workers Face Assaults, Threats
2019-10-22 17:31:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Federal employees overseeing public lands in the U.S. were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period ending in 2017, a sign of increased tensions between the employees and anti-government groups, the Government Accountability Office... Read More

House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
Energy
House Democrats Oppose Trump Plan to Expand Uranium Mining
2019-07-02 19:23:22
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are trying to block a Trump administration effort to expand uranium mining in the United States. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a new bill that would severely restrict uranium mining. Democrats... Read More

Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says 40-Foot-Tall Cross on Public Land in Maryland Can Stay
2019-06-21 12:47:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A large, cross-shaped memorial to the dead of World War I that has stood in the grassy median of a local roadway for nearly a century, can stay right where it is, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read More

Bernhardt’s Schedules Show Undisclosed Contacts With Industry
Dep. of Interior
Bernhardt’s Schedules Show Undisclosed Contacts With Industry

WASHINGTON — Recently posted versions of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s daily schedules contain at least 260 differences from his original schedules, with the newest records showing meetings previously described as “external” or “internal” were actually with representatives of fossil... Read More

National Parks, Wilderness Areas Would Be Expanded Under Bill Headed to President’s Desk
Public Lands
National Parks, Wilderness Areas Would Be Expanded Under Bill Headed to President’s Desk

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the largest land conservation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, vast areas of California’s desert are headed for new protections that would prohibit mining, roads and off-highway vehicles, and enlarge two national parks, Death... Read More

National Parks Tally Shutdown Damage
Public Lands
National Parks Tally Shutdown Damage

In Death Valley, piles of human feces and hunks of what rangers call “toilet paper flowers” were left scattered around the desert. At Joshua Tree, officials found about 24 miles of unauthorized new trails... Read More

Joshua Tree Closes Campgrounds, Yosemite Limits Visitors as Government Shutdown Drags On
Public Lands
Joshua Tree Closes Campgrounds, Yosemite Limits Visitors as Government Shutdown Drags On

National park officials are continuing to cut off access to areas in California’s national parks following reports of vandalism, illegal camping and human waste piling up while the government shutdown drags on. Read More

Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands
Public Lands
Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands

President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to keep federal lands in federal hands, is now considering candidates for interior secretary who have advocated transferring vast swaths of federal property to states... Read More

Trump Blames Wildfires on California Forest Policy, Threatens to Withhold Funds From State
In The News
Trump Blames Wildfires on California Forest Policy, Threatens to Withhold Funds From State

Escalating his criticism of California’s fire management strategy, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold unspecified funding from the state. Read More

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