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Headwaters Economics

A new white paper from the non-profit Headwaters Economics says transferring public lands from the federal government to Western states would generate more revenue, but also comes with high economic costs.

A new report from Congress’s watchdog says employees overseeing public lands are facing hundreds of threats and assaults.

 


A recent study says the American West should be doing more prescribed burns to keep forests healthy and to help lessen the impacts of wildfires across our region. It also concluded that there needs to be a change in how we perceive the practice out here for that to happen.

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Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The word wildfire tends to invoke fear, but some wildfires are actually good. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Peavine and Poison Canyon fires currently burning in the Manti-La Sal National Forest will help the environment and act as future fire suppressants.

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Nicole Nixon / KUER

Utah will have more say in managing some of its federally-owned public lands, after Gov. Gary Herbert and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a “shared stewardship” agreement on Wednesday.

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Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

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Cedar City — State officials held the last of five open houses Tuesday on their proposal to seek looser federal restrictions in roadless areas.

Vicki Christiansen was sworn in this morning as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. She’s only the second female to serve in this role in its 113-year history.

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Portrait photographers working in the region have been getting reminders lately of a federal rule that they need permits to shoot on forest service land.

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Ranchers in 16 western states will see their federal grazing fees go down next week. That’s good for ranchers whose costs have risen, but environmentalists say Americans are being cheated.

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The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a plan to begin charging people to access some trails in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.