Lithium miner cited for violating endangered flower habitat
Five days after the U.S. Energy Department announced a $700 million conditional loan to an Australian company for a lithium mine in Nevada, federal land managers cited the developer for trespassing within the habitat of an endangered wildflower.
You can get paid up to $1,000 to adopt a wild horse or burro in South Texas
The federal government is offering up to $1,000 for the adoption of a wild horse or burro that once roamed public lands out West. The incentive will be offered for every animal at the adoption event in an effort to “to find every horse and burro a good home,” the department said in a news release. Horses and burros range in age from yearling to adult. Corral fence requirements include 6 feet for adult horses, 4 feet for yearlings and 4 1/2 feet for burros. AdMore than 240,000 wild burros and horses have been removed by the BLM and placed in homes since 1973.
US plans oil, gas lease sale in Alaska's Arctic refuge
JUNEAU, Alaska – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next month, weeks before President-elect Joe Biden, who has opposed drilling in the region, is set to take office. Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, which was formed by Indigenous leaders who oppose drilling in the refuge, described Thursday as difficult. Alaska political leaders for years pushed for opening the area for exploration in a state that relies heavily on oil. Biden's campaign website called for permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, by email said his group believed Biden would have “a wide range of tools at his disposal to protect the Arctic Refuge through executive actions.”He said moves toward a lease sale have been rushed.
Disappearance of Utah monolith won’t prompt major probe
FILE - This Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27. The site doesn’t have a parking lot, bathrooms or cellphone coverage, and some passenger cars had to be towed from the remote area after getting stuck. The attention came after the monolith was spotted Nov. 18 by state helicopter crews helping wildlife biologists count bighorn sheep. The site is now empty except for a piece of rectangular metal covering a hole where the monolith had stood.
Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert
The Utah Department of Public Safety said biologists spotted the monolith on Nov. 18, a report that garnered international attention. While Utah officials did not say specifically where the monolith was located, people soon found it on satellite images dating back to 2016 and determined its GPS coordinates, prompting people to hike into the area. Reporters with The Salt Lake Tribune hiked to the spot on Saturday and confirmed that it was gone. “This was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we couldn't miss out,” Marino told KUTV. On the way, they passed a long-bed truck with a large object in the back and he said he joked “oh look, there's the Utah monolith right there,” he said.
Feds give 65 acres of land for border wall infrastructure
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, in Yuma, Ariz. The federal Bureau of Land Management said on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, it's transferred over 65 acres of public land in Arizona and New Mexico to the Army for construction of border wall infrastructure. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)PHOENIX The federal Bureau of Land Management said on Tuesday that it has transferred over 65 acres of public land in Arizona and New Mexico to the Army for construction of border wall infrastructure. The agency says its now handing over 53 acres in Yuma County, Arizona, that is needed to install power and other utilities around the border wall there. This marks the second time in the past year that the agency has transferred public land to the military for border wall-related construction.
The U.S. Government will pay you up to $1,000 to adopt a horse, burro during Kerrville event
A large horse and burro adoption event is headed to Kerrville amid rodeo season. The Bureau of Land Management will place 75 wild horses and burros up for adoption on Feb. 21-22 and will pay up to $1,000 per animal, the government agency wrote in a news release. The incentive will be offered for every animal at the adoption event in an effort to “to find every horse and burro a good home,” the release states. Adoptions will take place from noon-6 p.m. on Feb. 21 and from 8 a.m.-noon on Feb. 22 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center, located at 3785 Texas Highway 27. “The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources,” according to the release.
U.S. Government will pay you up to $1,000 to adopt a horse, burro in South Texas
More than 70 wild horses and burros will be up for grabs at an adoption event this weekend in South Texas. The Bureau of Land Management is holding the adoption event and will pay up to $1,000 for the adoption of an untrained animal, the government agency wrote in a news release. The agency is willing to pay the incentive “as part of our efforts to find every horse and burro a good home,” it stated. The event will take place at noon-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes. San Antonio Zoo working to help Australian wildlifeThe Bureau of Land Management will hold wild horse and burro auction at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds in Mercedes on Jan. 10-11.