land conservation

Battle for Washington public lands commissioner begins

BY: - June 21, 2023

Democratic state Sen. Kevin Van De Wege on Wednesday launched a campaign to become Washington’s next commissioner of public lands. Van De Wege, a moderate Democrat, is the first person to formally enter next year’s contest to succeed Commissioner Hilary Franz who is forgoing re-election to run for governor. He said he’ll focus on making […]

Republicans from Western states attack public lands plan in heated U.S. House hearing

BY: - June 15, 2023

U.S. House Republicans and GOP Govs. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Mark Gordon of Wyoming teamed up Thursday to rail against the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed rule to allow conservation leases on federal lands. Noem and Gordon joined the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee for about half of a 4 1/2 hour hearing […]

Decarbonization ambitions ignite debate over mining, permitting  

BY: - June 3, 2023

The decarbonized, electrified future envisioned by the Biden administration, state governments, automakers, utility companies and corporate sustainability goals depends to a huge degree on minerals and metals. Lots more lithium will be needed for car and truck batteries, as well as the big banks of batteries that are increasingly popping onto the electric grid to […]

‘We’re going to need so many seedlings’ for reforestation push

BY: - May 27, 2023

Over the next few years, state tree nurseries across the country will build new greenhouses, expand irrigation systems, upgrade seeding equipment and bring on staff. They’re hoping to turn millions of new federal dollars into millions of new seedlings — part of a collaborative effort to reforest landscapes threatened by climate change. “We’re going to […]

Western lands fight erupts over Bureau of Land Management’s conservation proposal

BY: - May 26, 2023

One thing opponents and proponents of a recently proposed U.S. Bureau of Land Management rule agree on: It would be a major shift in how the agency manages nearly 250 million acres of federal lands. The rule would allow for conservation leases, similar to how the agency auctions off parcels of land for mining, livestock […]