Located just a short drive south of the sprawling Phoenix metroplex, the Sonoran Desert National Monument is advertised as a haven for desert hikers and sightseers looking to admire the region’s stately saguaro cactus forests or glimpse southern Arizona’s abundant wildlife.
The quiet town of Baker City, OR, last week came alive with a three-day celebration honoring the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s 100th anniversary representing Oregon’s ranching community. Attendees were treated to a packed schedule over the weekend, which mixed the typical conference business meetings with a hearty helping of Northwestern fun.
In a move that drew applause from livestock groups and vigorous protestations from environmental activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced June 7 that it aims to delist the gray wolf throughout all of the lower 48 states in the coming months.
In what is being hailed as a watershed agreement, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA), the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Gov. Kitzhaber’s office, and two environmental groups have hammered out a settlement clarifying how wolves are to be managed within the state.
An organization representing the hard rock mining industry is accusing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of ignoring its own sage grouse conservation policies and replacing them with a much more heavy-handed approach on the false pretense that the move was required by the U.
A recent settlement agreement between federal land management agencies and environmental litigators over how to protect a slew of species in northwestern forests was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court, which ruled that the settlement violated federal laws requiring public participation for major rule changes.
Ranchers tend to be closet historians. Step into the living room of a family that’s been running cattle for a few generations and chances are you’ll spy the fruits of some amateur historian’s labor— yellowed photos of horseback ancestors, rusty...
Although the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has reluctantly agreed to go ahead with processing Valley Meat, Co.’s application for final inspection, it is unlikely that the matter will be laid to rest. In an unprecedented move, USDA has publicly urged.
It happened to Kodak. It happened to Blockbuster. It happened to Borders, Oldsmobile, Hostess, Circuit City and Pan Am. Written into the history of these once towering companies is a cautionary tale about survival that public lands ranchers would do well to heed: Adapt to change or get dumped in the dustbin of history.
Bucking a long-standing presidential tradition of placing western lawmakers at the helm of the Department of Interior (DOI), President Obama last week nominated outdoor retail executive Sally Jewell to manage the nation’s vast portfolio of public lands.
As Lisa Jackson takes her final bows as the nation’s top environmental overseer following her announcement last month that she will be resigning from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Republican lawmakers are scrambling to get to the bottom...
In an attempt to answer these tough questions, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released in December a report that examines the current status of renewable resources across the country, and determines how trends in demand for those resources could shape the future.
In a clear warning to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Northwest timber industry, several environmental groups have sent a letter stating that attempts to negotiate an increased timber harvest on public lands in western Oregon could result in more regulation—and less logging—on privately-owned forests.
Ranchers aren’t the only ones who obsess over water rights. Many industries, municipalities and individuals jealously guard their rights to develop, divert, and otherwise use water—often located on public lands—as a lifeline to business and prosperity.
Their hopes fading that the current lame duck session of Congress will approve protective designations on hundreds of thousands of acres in New Mexico, Democrat lawmakers from the Land of Enchantment are urging President Obama to use the Antiquities Act to create two national monuments, bypassing congressional approval.