Forests and Wilderness

Utah BLM sells oil and gas leases near Hovenweep

The Utah Bureau of Land Management has sold oil and gas leases near Hovenweep National Monument, despite requests by monument officials to defer them to protect archaeological and natural...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sen. Michael Bennet introduces bill to protect 61,000 acres in the San Juan Mountains

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bill Thursday that would designate nearly 61,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains as wilderness, extending the strictest federal conservation...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Welcome Center to host Mesa Verde outlet

The Mesa Verde Museum Association, Mesa Verde National Park, and Durango Area Tourism Office plan to open a Durango-based location selling Mesa Verde cliff dwelling tour tickets and related...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribes united on restoring Bears Ears National Monument during testimony to Congress

During a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., local Native American tribes voiced unanimous opposition to a bill that replaces Bears Ears National Monument...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes blast member’s testimony against Bears Ears

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council has rejected congressional testimony made by a tribal member supporting a bill to replace Bears Ears National Monument with two smaller monuments. Suzette Morris...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Final Hermosa Creek management plan has something for hikers, bikers and horses

Years of building compromises to allow for recreational and historical uses of the Hermosa Creek drainage and still protect the environment came to fruition this week with the release of the final...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Management plan finalized for Hermosa Creek watershed

A management plan for a variety of recreational uses in the Hermosa Creek watershed has officially been finalized, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. The announcement is significant, as...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

National parks cut back on free days

It’s always a pleasant surprise to visit a national park on a free day. But there will be fewer of those surprises as the National Park System has reduced the number of free days to four for 2018,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Forest Service didn’t call for pulling its land from Bears Ears, USDA nominee tells Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON – Two senior Senate Democrats want President Donald Trump to explain why he’s poised to remove protections for U.S. Forest Service land in the Bears Ears National Monument when the...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bears Ears could be reduced by 1 million acres, documents show

Maps and documents obtained by The Wilderness Society and The Washington Post show that dramatic changes to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments are expected to be announced...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

President Trump to visit Utah on Monday

President Donald Trump will travel to Utah on Monday to lay out his plans to cut the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, according to individuals briefed on the...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks. The top government lawyers...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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