PLC Renews Call for Wild Horse Management

Last week, the Public Lands Council renewed its call for responsible, proactive management of horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management. PLC said recent activist efforts seek to exploit political transitions and undermine progress toward improved management of wild horse and burro populations on federal lands. PLC adds the recent flurry of […]

Hammond Grazing Permits Pulled

On Friday, a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to Hammond Ranches in the Burns, OR area. Steven Hammond and his father Dwight were both convicted of arson for setting fire to rangeland that eventually spilled on to federal property. The two men […]

IDL, BLM Finalize Land Swap

On Tuesday, the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners gave its final approval to exchanging land within the Owyhee Canyonland Wilderness with federal BLM lands. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, the exchange allows the state and the BLM to acquire lands better suited to their missions and objectives. More than 31,000 acres of non-wilderness […]

Judge Blocks BLM’s Pendley

On Friday, a federal judge ruled President Trump’s Bureau of Land Management acting director has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position. It’s the latest round of pushback against the administration’s practice of filling key positions without Senate approval. In his ruling last week, the U.S. District Court Judge said BLM acting […]

Bushue Named Head Of Oregon, Washington BLM

Former Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue has been appointed state director of the Bureau of Land Management for Oregon and Washington. Bushue is currently the State Executive Director of the Oregon Farm Service Agency, where he oversaw the implementation of programs and policies across 23 county offices, the state office, all with a total […]

Dye’s Wild Horse Inmate Study Bill Lost In COVID-19 Effort

Earlier this month, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a variety of bills in an effort to save funds because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. One of the pieces of legislation lost in that move was House Bill 2579. The bill, authored by Representative May Dye would have provided funding for a feasibility study to allow inmates […]

BLM To Construct Fuel Breaks Ahead of Wildfire Season

The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles of strategic fuel breaks in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.  According to the Oregonian, the fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources.  According […]

Bureau of Land Management Taking Steps to Improve Grazing

Late last week, the Bureau of Land Management announced it is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on new grazing regulations.  The Bureau’s Notice of Intent will appear in the Federal Register on Tuesday.   The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Federal Lands Committee and the PLC’s Grazing Regulations Working Group both call this a “once-in-a-generation opportunity […]

Feds Release Final Plan For Simplot Phosphate Mines

Federal officials have released a final plan for five open-pit phosphate mines and reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by J.R. Simplot Company.  Late last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly-prepared final environmental impact statement for the Dairy Syncline Mine Project about 14 miles east of Soda […]