Western states brace for most severe wildfire outbreak since 2012

July 3, 2018

By Matthew Anderson

Smoke is beginning to rise from the West’s public lands — and it is just a taste of what’s to come. In a briefing to members of Congress, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared predictions of above-average potential for significant wildfire activity this summer across the West. Some states are bracing for the worst severe wildfire outbreak since 2012, fearing it may eclipse even that historic fire year. (full article)

BLM to Outline Changes in Sage Grouse Policy in Elko

July 3, 2018

ELKO – The future of federal sage grouse policy will be discussed Thursday at a Bureau of Land Management meeting from 5-7 p.m. in the Elko Convention Center.

Western governors sought changes to the Obama administration’s plans for BLM-managed lands in their states, leading to Draft Environmental Impact Statements and amendments being published on May 4.

A 90-day public comment period ends August 2. (full article)

Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018

July 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (July 2, 2018) – The Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) today urged swift passage of the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018. The amendments, introduced today by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, are based on the Western Governor Association Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative bipartisan policy recommendations (full article)

BLM Issues Statewide Fire Prevention Order to Reduce Wildland Fire Risk

July 3, 2018

RENO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management issued a statewide fire prevention order aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires by prohibiting the use of fireworks and certain types of ammunition and targets for shooting.

The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 30, states “the following acts are prohibited on all public land areas, roads and trails located within and administered by the BLM Nevada State Office.” to read the recommendations (full article)

Review of Latest Sage Grouse Plan Underway

June 6, 2018

by Dave Maxwell | Jun 6, 2018

Earlier this month, on May 2, as reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the U.S. Department of the Interior released revised documents formalizing the Trump administration’s push to relax protections for the greater sage grouse in Nevada and 10 other western states. (full article)


World’s Richest Man Learned Work Ethic as a Kid on a Cattle Ranch

May 22, 2018

Wyatt Bechtel  May 22, 2018

Jeff Bezos, creator and owner of, is the world’s richest man with an estimated wealth of $130 billion and he points to summers spent on the family ranch as a turning point in his adolescence development. (full article)

Nevada Lands Council 2017 annual report

May 18, 2018


What is in Your Toolbox for Weeds?

May 18, 2018

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Spring is here especially in the valleys. I manage 4.5 acres at our Mesa County Extension office and the weeds are off to the races for growing. So how do we manage weeds? First and most important is to identify the weeds or at least figure out what growth type they have such as annual, biennial, winter annual or perennial. This will help you to come up with the best plan of attack or tool to use. (full article)

USDA publishes management memo

May 17, 2018
Hagstrom Report

The Agriculture Department on Monday published an internal management memo in the Federal Register formally making several organizational changes that the Trump administration has implemented. (full article)

Oregonians lead effort to delist wildflower

May 9, 2018

By KATY NESBITT : For the Capital Press

Published on May 9, 2018 8:56AM

Northeastern Oregonians are leading a grassroots effort to get Spalding’s catchfly, a wildflower endemic to the inland Northwest, removed from the Endangered Species List.Convinced that the elusive plant with its irregular blooming cycle is more populous than some fear, the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association asked Kelly Birkmaier, a rancher and rangeland consultant in Joseph, to spearhead a community-wide project to map the county’s Spalding’s catchfly. (full article)

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