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Dept. Of The West

Regular Column for Highlights of the Western States

Understanding Public Lands and Why They Matter: Part 1
4 weeks ago

Understanding Public Lands and Why They Matter: Part 1

If you’ve been paying any attention to US political news over the last few years, you might have caught glimpses of the occasional headline focused on federally managed public lands.  From …
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Secretary of Interior Recommends Changes to some National Monuments
2 months ago

Secretary of Interior Recommends Changes to some National Monuments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday that he will not seek to roll back any of the recently reviewed National Monuments. He has said however that he will press for …
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Discover Ghost Ranch: New Mexico’s Iconic, Hidden Wonder
6 months ago

Discover Ghost Ranch: New Mexico’s Iconic, Hidden Wonder

Tucked against the dramatic backdrop of northern New Mexico’s vast and towering landscape lies the legendary Ghost Ranch. A place whose 21,000 acres of red rock canyons, mountain vistas and …
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Tips for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming
6 months ago

Tips for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming

For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will make its way across the United States – crossing over 3 Western US states in the process:  Oregon, Idaho and …
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Good News for Public Lands Advocates as H.R.621 to be Withdrawn
9 months ago

Good News for Public Lands Advocates as H.R.621 to be Withdrawn

In a surprise late-evening Instagram post, U.S. Rep for Utah, Jason Chafffetz, announced his intent to withdraw the controversial “H.R. 621 – Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017” …
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