Bureau of Land Management to D.C. Employees: Go West or Get Lost

The forced relocation of hundreds of staffers is seen by many as a precursor to the agency’s dissolution—and a sell-off of public lands to the states.

July 26, 2019

The Valley of the Gods, in southeastern Utah, is sacred to Native American tribes and contains many important archaeological sites.

Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management

Grazing lands in the Fort Ord National Monument, California. The BLM uses goats to ward off invasive plants and slow shrub encroachment.

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The Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River region in Alaska is a popular destination for rafters and campers. The area is also home to thousands of species including eagles, peregrine falcons, and salmon.

Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management
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The president wants the EPA to fix his toilet, and an Interior official finds himself in deep doo-doo.

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Plus, the Trump administration dodges Senate hearings, and loses to environmentalists in two big court cases.

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Plus, the BLM’s new location will be next door to Big Oil, and it just issued a hilarious new bit of climate change denial (something about Vikings and grapes).

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Plus, the EPA wants kudos for complying with a legal settlement, and another Trump official flees into the arms of an oil company.

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President Trump revokes the Clean Water Rule and doubles down on his fake weather forecast, while the Bureau of Land Management hitches up its wagons to move west.

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An Anchorage-based wildlife biologist describes what life is like in our northernmost state—one that’s been dramatically altered by rising temperatures.

Southwest Dispatch

The fate of southern Arizona’s embattled San Pedro River could hinge on whether the government acts to protect the nearly extinct Arizona eryngo—and in doing so puts the brakes on groundwater pumping that’s draining the landscape.

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Plus, Andrew Wheeler holds story hour at an oil refinery, and the new Bureau of Land Management director doesn’t believe the B should be M-ing L.

Voices

The Trump administration’s review of national monuments threatens America’s culture and natural beauty.

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The man who’s likely to replace Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary is a seasoned Washington insider—and (surprise!) a former lobbyist for Big Oil and Big Ag.

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Plus, Wheeler ignores factory farm pollution, and Trump ignores public opposition to drilling the Arctic Refuge.

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Plus, the USDA stops counting bees, and Rick Perry is wrong on carbon emissions.

Rockies Dispatch

Cobalt mining and other interests lay claim to Grand Staircase–Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, rankling local communities tied to these lands.

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Interior’s Bernhardt helped bury a damning pesticide report, the Clean Air Committee goes soft on soot, and Trump nominates a climate change denier to the Fed board.

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While his fellow Cabinet members struggle to fill key positions, Ryan Zinke is staffing the Interior with former lobbyists for oil and gas companies.

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The Interior Department bends the shutdown law to keep oil flowing and silences national park officials, and EPA enforcement just . . . stops.

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Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke are courting chaos—and calling it a victory for good governance.