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October 5, 1988
One needs to have sympathy for the plight in which Walter Bickel finds himself: accused of "squatting" on Bureau of Land Management lands ("Time Running Out for Old Prospector's Desert Mining Camp," Part I, Sept. 20). Clearly there is the making of human tragedy there and government officials should act accordingly. Contributing to this predicament, however, has been the BLM's deliberate and chronic neglect of its stewardship of federal lands. Now that agency contends that at last it has the funds and personnel to do what it should have been doing all along.
January 20, 1993
Having spent literally hundreds of hours of staff time working with reporter Warren Olney, we are surprised and disappointed with his poor understanding of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) land exchange program in California ("Psst, Wanna Buy 5 Acres for $100?" Commentary, Jan. 7). The BLM exchanges land for fair market value. Qualified BLM appraisers are required under laws set by Congress to find current and comparable private land sales and to utilize those sales in determining the value of public lands.
September 3, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan rejected a request to halt the roundup of about 190 wild horses in the Pryor Mountains along the Montana-Wyoming border. Two Colorado-based advocacy groups had sought an injunction. The Bureau of Land Management, which operates the 38,000-acre Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, said the roundup would begin today. The agency intends to capture the range's entire population, with 70 adult horses and their foals to be kept for adoption. The rest will be freed after some of the mares are given a contraceptive vaccine, the BLM said.
May 23, 1989
Yuba Natural Resources, the troubled mining firm whose former chairman, Richard Silberman, was arrested April 7 on money-laundering charges, has made an overdue $131,000 payment to the U. S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management as part of a settlement of mineral trespass charges. The payment, which was due April 1, stemmed from charges filed by the bureau last year in connection with Yuba's 9,900-acre mining field near Marysville. Yuba still owes the bureau $400,000, which it will pay off in annual installments through 1993, bureau area manager Deane Swickard said Monday.
January 24, 1992
Sen. Seymour is not trying to "cut by more than half" the acreage in HR 2929 or S 21. He is merely saying that these bills are not the compromise that HR 3066 actually is. HR 3066, introduced by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), is the compromise bill. This bill was developed by the Bureau of Land Management, under the direction of Congress in 1976, when members enacted the Federal Lands Policy Management Act. Through this act, the public was extensively involved, everybody lost something and there was a compromise.
September 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for authorizing uranium exploration on 1 million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Western Mining Action Project filed the suit in U.S. District Court. Also named as defendants are the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The environmental groups say Kempthorne defied a House committee resolution protecting the land near the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining.
November 13, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Plans for the nation's biggest landfill have been delayed -- if not derailed - by a court ruling 20 years after the dump was proposed less than two miles from Joshua Tree National Park. A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a land swap at the heart of the much-litigated Eagle Mountain plan was flawed because of an inaccurate appraisal by the Bureau of Land Management. The decision, issued Tuesday, upheld some portions of a lower court ruling but reversed others. An official with Kaiser Ventures, Eagle Mountain's developer, said the firm may appeal.
July 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal officials are considering euthanizing wild horses to deal with the growing population on the range and in holding pens, authorities said. Wild horses have overpopulated public lands and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management can't afford to care for the mustangs that have been rounded up, Henri Bisson, the agency's deputy director, said in Reno. Also, fewer people are adopting the horses, he said. The agency is also considering whether to stop roundups to save money. There are an estimated 33,000 wild horses on the range in 10 Western states, Bisson said, and 27,000 is the maximum the agency can handle.
August 5, 2004
Re "How Blue Was My Valley," Opinion, Aug. 1: D.J. Waldie sets up a straw man and then destroys it. He postulates a conservancy for the Owens Valley and then attacks all state conservancies. The only person mentioning a conservancy for the Owens Valley was L.A. Mayor James Hahn, and he then withdrew the idea. What environmentalists and a growing number of citizens want is a conservation easement on the development rights on the lands in the Eastern Sierra owned by the city of Los Angeles.
November 5, 2002
"White House Reinterpreting Law on Environmental Reviews" (Nov. 3) should wake all Americans to the very real threat of destruction to our national treasures. If the Bush administration succeeds in reversing current environmental laws, the legacy of unspoiled wilderness and wildlife habitat will be lost forever and will go the way of the rapidly disappearing rain forests. Our children will be denied the opportunity to observe and appreciate nature and all its marvels. This is not just an issue for environmentalists; it affects everyone.
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