public lands

San Juan National Forest

Taylor Mesa Road in the San Juan National Forest northeast of Dolores is closed by landslides approximately 3.5 miles from its intersection with Highway 145. Forest officials said in a release that the route is expected to be closed until at least June 2nd.  Wet weather and failing drainage structures have reportedly caused multiple problems on the road.

Tim Hurst / Creative Commons

Environmentalists are cheering the U.S. Senate’s decision Wednesday not to rescind an Obama-administration rule requiring less waste of the potent greenhouse gas methane.


Jeff Wallace / Creative Commons

Road construction is going to further clog traffic in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.


Bureau of Land Management

Fred Blackburn was a ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in 1974, when he worked at Grand Gulch, now part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. He was at Grand Gulch until 1979. Though Blackburn eventually resigned from the agency, his tenure as a ranger gave him on-the-ground perspectives about public lands management.  He talked with KSJD's Austin Cope.

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Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin said Monday he opposes a bill before Congress that would terminate the law-enforcement functions of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.


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