public lands

Former BLM Ranger Reflects on Resource Protection

Mar 21, 2017
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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County commissioners in Garfield County, Utah, have passed a resolution calling for shrinking the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is partially located in their county.

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The lucrative Outdoor Retailer show is looking to leave Salt Lake City after organizers failed to reach agreement with Utah Governor Gary Herbert on public-lands issues.


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A number of citizens on Monday urged the Montezuma County Commission – which has long supported transferring Forest Service and BLM lands to the states – to keep such lands in federal hands.

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