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“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

Haaland said one of her first goals was to consider the well-being of the agency as she thinks about the future of its headquarters

Politics and Government

Interior secretary, speaking in Denver, stands by Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead Bureau of Land Management

Deb Haaland is in Colorado in large part to visit the BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction as she decides whether to keep it there

Politics and Government

Opinion: Why our Colorado mountain town supports Biden’s 30×30 public lands goals

We all have a choice to either engage in efforts to help combat the loss of biodiversity and climate change, or watch from the sidelines.

Opinion Columns

Off-highway vehicles are revving up locals (in a bad way) in Colorado’s remote mountain towns

Inundated with by go-anywhere motorized vehicles, local governments are struggling to find a balance between welcoming the spending by “motorheads” and keeping their towns from resembling sets for a Mad Max movie.

Outdoors

Judge blocks Biden’s pause of new oil, gas leases on public land in Colorado and other states

Louisiana and 12 other states sued after President Biden signed an executive order canceling oil and gas lease sales through June.

Energy

Colorado public land managers rely on education, then enforcement to deal with a crush of long-term campers

Closing heavily used campsites is public lands “triage” as Forest Service and local officials struggle to protect natural resources from a growing wave of backcountry campers and explorers this summer.

Outdoors

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

Biden administration ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

The petroleum industry and its Republican allies in Congress have said the oil and gas moratorium will harm the economies of Western states without putting a significant dent in climate change

Energy

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy, plans to nominate Tracy Stone-Manning to lead BLM

Tracy Stone-Manning, a former top aide to ex-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, will be tapped by the president to lead the Bureau of Land Management, according to a person with knowledge of the plan

Outdoors

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The directors of 13 state recreation offices are asking the federal government to adjust requirements that states and local communities must provide matching funds to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund money

Outdoors

As climate fight shifts to oil, Joe Biden faces a formidable foe in the West

New drilling permits spiked during Trump's final months in office. As a result, some companies with the biggest presence on public lands have announced that they are ready to weather changes under Biden.

Energy

Biden administration will deliver report on its suspension of oil and gas sales on federal lands by summer

A long-term ban on lease sales from the nation's vast, publicly-owned oil and gas reserves to address climate change would fulfill a campaign pledge from Democratic President Joe Biden

Energy

From pets to parks, coronavirus reshaped many Coloradans’ relationship with their surroundings

The isolation that accompanied shutdowns and mandates changed the way we regard lots of things, and some of those changes could endure

Coronavirus

Opinion: COVID-19 showed us how much we need our public lands. Now we need to step up for them.

There are no vaccines on the horizon to ensure our public lands remain healthy and strong well into the future.

Opinion Columns

Biden administration cancels Trump policy giving local and state officials power to block conservation purchases

Acting Interior Secretary Scott de la Vega rescinded a November order from former Secretary David Bernhardt that had been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats

Environment

Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

The survey of people in Colorado and 7 western states reveals spiking concerns about climate change, strong support for action, and how communities of color take public lands issues personally

Environment

As Colorado backcountry use soars, Vail Pass’ fee model could be a way to manage the crush

Dangerous avalanche conditions, combined with high backcountry use, create a busy season for managers of public lands.

Outdoors

Joe Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands, call for conservation plan championed by Michael Bennet

The ambitious plan is aimed at slowing human-caused global warming that is magnifying extreme weather events such as deadly wildfires in the West.

Environment

Joe Biden’s pause on oil and gas development on public lands splits conservationists, industry

Conservationists say suspending leasing and drilling offers a chance to overhaul an antiquated natural resources management system. Energy producers predict billions in losses for Western communities.

Energy

Biden halts oil and gas leases on U.S. land, water for 60 days

Oil and gas extracted from public lands and waters account for about a quarter of annual U.S. production.

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