Commentary: Representative Paul Cook recently introduced a bill that would make sweeping changes in the way we administer desert lands. And those changes would undo years of work to protect the desert.
Land Use: A bill introduced into the U.S. Senate that would increase protection on more than 2,200 square miles of the California desert is getting general acclaim from conservationists, but one part of the bill isn't winning unanimous support.
Wilderness: More than 2,100 square miles of protected lands in California will keep that status for the time being, as a move to strip wilderness study areas of protection failed Wednesday in the U.S. Senate.
Land Use: The California Legislature passed tons of new environmental laws in 2014, with many of them going into effect on January 1. The area of land use regulations is no exception. We've compiled some of the most important new land use laws here.
Land Use: About 30,000 off-road vehicles descended on the Mojave Desert in California over Thanksgiving weekend this year, and many of those off-road vehicles ended up out of bounds in places they shouldn't have gone, according to the BLM.
Land Use: If more timber is harvested in Oregon, it puts a greater burden on California and other neighboring states to meet the federal conservation requirements to keep endangered species alive, says a group opposing the bill.
Land Use: In a bit of long-awaited good news for Joshua Tree National Park and its wild residents, the agency responsible for disposing of L.A. County's trash has abandoned the idea of using the closed Eagle Mountain Mine as a landfill.
The Hidden Desert: In November, the California Air Resources Board ruled that according to data from lakebed monitors, the DWP was solely responsible for the horrendous air quality caused by dust blowing off Owens Lake. DWP's response? Get rid of the monitors.
Land Use: The Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia national forests are among the first public lands that will undergo a proposed national forest planning rule that will dictate how they manage activities like hiking, hunting, road construction and mining.
Land Use: Imagine a new Joshua Tree National Park: Operated by a Border Patrol that allows unregulated building of roads, ignores environmental standards, and shuts down access in the name of national security.
Commentary: At first glance, the ground cover in these spots may seem unremarkable, as if someone had just spread a layer of gravel over a dead surface. Look a little closer, though, and surprises emerge.
Land Use: The National Park Service (NPS) released a study last week, detailing how California's San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains might fit into the National Park System. The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment is...
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