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PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark ...Read More

PHOTO: The proposed diversion of the Gila River is the focus of an event commemorating "Colorado River Day" in New Mexico today. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

SILVER CITY, N.M. - An event in Silver City today will celebrate Colorado River Day. Its organizers hope to raise awareness about a proposal the state is considering to divert the Gila River, a tributary of the Colorado River, to Deming and other areas for agriculture and other uses. Sara Benitez, ...Read More

PHOTO:  A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo credit: United States Geological Survey (USGS)

LANDER, Wyo. - The coal market has changed. U.S. coal used to be mined primarily for domestic use, but markets overseas are growing as domestic demand declines. A new report from the Sightline Institute outlines that history and argues that the Bureau of Land Management should take it into considera ...Read More

PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups warn that amphibians are at risk with a lack of protection from changes made to the Clean Water Act by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are joining forces to remind the federal government and their elected officials about the basic principles of gravity. More specifically, they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate Clean Water Act rules that protect headwater str ...Read More

PHOTO: From Mt. Rainier to a community pool or athletic field, hundreds of Washington sites have benefited from Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. The fund was created by Congress 50 years ago this week, but is set to expire in 2015. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

SEATTLE - The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has touched lives in every county of Washington, and the fund officially turns 50 years old this week. On the anniversary of the vote that created it, Representative Dave Reichert joined a group of lawmakers to tout the benefits of the fund for ...Read More

PHOTO: Preserving the fund that pays for soccer fields and recreation areas in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation has the support of Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. Photo courtesy of Sen. Heinrich's office.

SANTA FE, N. M. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging Congress to renew a fund credited with paying for many recreation areas, in the Land of Enchantment and across the nation. Heinrich says the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) helped ...Read More

PHOTO: Two Lights State Park in Cumberland County is among the beneficiaries of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress initially passed legislation creating the fund 50 years ago this week. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio ...Read More

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