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Colorado group wants to protect public lands from overcrowding impacts

Surging visitation to Colorado’s public lands, fueled by booming population growth along the Front Range, is alarming to the very same people who adore Colorado’s outdoors and worry about the impact of high visitation on sensitive public lands and ecosystems. Northern Colorado Places, or NoCo, for short, was formed in 2019 as a collection of northern Colorado public […]

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Emails raise questions about Dolores monument poll objectivity

Documents obtained by the Center for Western Priorities revealed that a poll commissioned by Mesa County, Colorado to gauge support for the Dolores River Canyons National Monument proposal was first drafted by opponents of the monument. Dennis Webb, a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, reviewed the documents obtained by CWP through a Colorado Open Records Act request. […]

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BLM will thoughtfully use some Nevada public land for affordable housing

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is moving ahead with a plan to sell 20 acres of Nevada public lands near the city of Las Vegas to the Clark County Department of Social Services for affordable housing. The proposal is the first under an agreement between the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Interior departments that […]

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Interior considers new drilling restrictions in Alaska

The Interior department is considering broadening oil and gas drilling restrictions in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The Bureau of Land Management will solicit public comments on whether to expand or designate new “special areas” in the 23-million acre reserve, a move that would extend the areas of the NPR-A that are mostly off limits to drillers. “We have a responsibility […]

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Land swap ends 50-year fight to block mining near Crested Butte

The U.S Forest Service has approved a land swap deal that will permanently block hard-rock mining on thousands of acres above the town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Locals refer to the pink-hued Mount Emmons as the “Red Lady” and fought nearly fifty years against a proposed molybdenum mine in the peak’s watershed. Chad Stewart, the supervisor of the […]

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Public supports using Indigenous Knowledge to manage Bears Ears

Public comments submitted on the proposed management plan for Bears Ears National Monument overwhelmingly encourage the federal government to use Indigenous Knowledge as it manages the landscape. BLM received more than 20,000 comments on the management plan, according to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. Bears Ears marks the first time the federal government has included Tribal nations […]

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