public lands

WildEarth Guardians

Two nonprofit citizens' groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management, challenging nearly 400 oil and gas leases on 380,000 acres of public land.

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A little over a week after coming to Bluff, Utah, to hear views on protecting the Bears Ears area, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Grand Canyon National Park.

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Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz introduced the long-awaited Public Lands Initiative bill on Thursday.

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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about recent fish surveys done in the lower Dolores River, what has been learned about the health of the fish population there, and how his studies could influence river management in the future.

Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition Website

It has been less than one year since the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the two Ute Tribes came together in support of a national monument designation in an area west of Bluff, Utah known as the Bear's Ears. The Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition believes that a national monument, managed by a partnership between the tribes, is the best way to protect the sites that are important to their cultural heritage and traditional ways.

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A nonprofit watchdog group is calling for a full accounting of money spent by the state of Utah on a lawsuit seeking the transfer of federal public lands. The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability sent a letter Wednesday to the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, a legislative group that in December voted to move forward with the lawsuit, projected to cost $14 million. The Commission has hired a New Orleans law firm to work on the case.

Sam Green / The Journal

A report prepared at the request of the Montezuma County commissioners appears to support their claim to the Dolores-Norwood Road under the historic statute known as RS 2477.

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The Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance, a nonprofit supporting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, has suspended operations.

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United States Forest Service

San Juan National Forest officials answered questions at an open house on the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails plan Thursday night in Dolores.