Land management

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2015, file photo shows pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield, Calif., which is overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Oil production from federally-managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels in 2019, according to the Department of Interior on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 11, 2020 - 1:33 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil production from U.S.- managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday, as technological advances helped drive development in new areas and the Trump administration eases rules on the industry. The production figure was...
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Pelicans fly over and sit on man made rock revetment on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, La., Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. The island provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds and is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 04, 2020 - 3:54 am
QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday,...
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In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, the exterior of a store suspected of selling trafficked wildlife is seen in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)
January 26, 2020 - 7:51 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities temporarily banned the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are found in...
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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018, file photo shows an election worker stacking ballots into a sorting machine at the King County Elections office in Renton, Wash. An obscure Seattle-area election will be the first in the country where all voters will be allowed to vote online. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 22, 2020 - 6:30 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — An election for a volunteer board in the Seattle area is so obscure that voter turnout is typically less than 1%. Officials are giving online voting a trial run this year to try to boost turnout and explore how it might work in a bigger election. It will be the first election in the...
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This satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows wildfires spreading in the area south of Eden and Twofold Bay, shown in black, in New South Wales state of Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)
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January 12, 2020 - 6:05 pm
BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the town of Bodalla in New South Wales...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. A judge on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 revoked the grazing permit of two ranchers who were pardoned last year by President Donald Trump on an arson conviction for setting fire to federal lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)
December 20, 2019 - 5:54 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge on Friday revoked the grazing permit of two ranchers who were pardoned last year by President Donald Trump on an arson conviction for setting fire to federal lands. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled in the long-running case after hearing arguments from the U.S...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a core sample drilled from underground rock near Ely, Minn., shows a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and precious metals, center, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. Twin Metals Minnesota has formally submitted a plan to regulators for the underground copper-nickel mine. The filing launches what's expected to be a lengthy environmental review and permitting process for what would be Minnesota's second copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)
December 18, 2019 - 5:50 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Metals Minnesota formally submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, a project that has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, interior Secretary David Bernhardt listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Less than half of employees are projected to go along when the Trump administration moves headquarters for the bureau overseeing the country’s vast public lands from Washington, to Grand Junction, Colo. The administration defends the shift West. Former bureau officials predict a brain drain that will weaken protections for hundreds of millions of acres. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 13, 2019 - 4:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country's public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West. U.S. Interior Secretary David...
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A fire prevention crew hauls away sections of a tree they cut down Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, near Redwood Estates, Calif. Authorities are rushing to clear vegetation in high-risk communities after fires killed 149 people and destroyed almost 25,000 homes over the past three years. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
December 13, 2019 - 12:08 pm
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates,...
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In this Sept 13, 2018 photo provided by the Environmental Protection Agency shows an aerial view of the Trowbridge Dam on the Kalamazoo River near Allegan, Mich., in southwestern Michigan. The aging dam will be taken down under an agreement reached between federal officials and NCR Corp., one of the companies whose paper mills polluted the river with toxic PCBs in the last century. (Paul Ruesch/Environmental Protection Agency via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 2:46 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...
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