Land Management

Report: Small Landlords Face Dramatic Drop in Rent Payments

In a study of two cities, 60% of renters paid in full in June 2020 compared with 77% the same month in 2019.

A Bipartisan Push Could Change State Wildlife Protection

A bill in Congress would direct nearly $1.4 billion annually to state and tribal wildlife agencies to protect overlooked species.

Republicans Grill Interior Nominee Over Potential Energy Job Losses

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland sought to downplay her previous statements against fracking and drilling, while also reiterating that the Biden administration is committed to shifting toward clean energy.

‘Indian Country’ Is Excited about the First Native American Secretary of the Interior – and the Promise She Has for Addressing Issues of Importance to All Americans

COMMENTARY | U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland's record shows she is committed to making progress on larger challenges that affect all Americans, like climate, environmental protection, public lands and natural resource management.

Land Managers Can’t Burn the West Fast Enough

Prescribed burns, which create buffers against larger fires, can do only so much.

Racial Justice Push Creates Momentum to Protect Black-Owned Land

The pandemic and new state and federal laws push landowners to plan for succession.

Can Protecting Land Promote Employment?

COMMENTARY | In New England, the answer is yes.

Heaps of Cash, Strong Odors and Other Challenges With Local Pot Regulation

“We’ve been basically building this airplane as we fly it,” said one local official as he discussed his county’s efforts to implement recreational marijuana legalization.

California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention

Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.

A Setback for Trump's Plan to Slash Public Lands

Environmentalists and tribes won an early legal advantage in their battle to protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Hovercraft Case in Alaska Tests Federal Rules on Rivers in National Parks

A 9th Circuit decision—now before the U.S. Supreme Court— is being viewed by some as a potential “springboard for the expansion of federal control over state-owned navigable waters throughout the country.”

When the Beach Is Out of Reach—Coastal Access Becomes a Growing Concern

As Americans crowd toward the coasts, states and municipalities are caught in passionate battles about public access, while lawsuits seem headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Local Advocates Decry Proposed State ‘Bribe’ to Permit Drilling

House Republicans are pushing a plan that would financially incentivize states to drill for oil and gas and punish those that don’t.

Senators Look at Policing Practices by Federal Land Management Agencies

“This issue is of great concern to communities throughout the West,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “Increasingly, these communities find themselves as targets of overly zealous federal law-enforcement operations.”

A Clash on Capitol Hill Over the Future of Utah’s Bears Ears Monument

Native American tribes are opposed to GOP legislation that would change the size and management of the Obama-era national monument, which President Trump has sought to shrink.

House Proposal Would Drastically Overhaul National Monument Guidelines

Critics are saying the legislation is a "radical attempt to undermine the Antiquities Act, which is really one of our nation’s most important conservation tools."

Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.

Zinke Plan Would Reduce Size of 6 National Monuments

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Cuomo’s new state requirements for credit-reporting agencies in N.Y.; working to stop chronic shoplifting in Alaska; and court affirms ruling in Minneapolis sick-leave ordinance lawsuit.

Western Local Leaders: Federal Payments for Tax-Exempt Lands Not a ‘County Welfare Program’

County commissioners visited Capitol Hill last week to defend a pair of federal programs they say are crucial to their budgets.

This Wildfire Season Underscores the Importance of Federal Forest Payments

A Montana county board chairman says it's time for Congress to institute “mandatory, long-term funding” for counties with federal lands within their borders.