Posts Categorized: Public Lands

Bighorn sheep, © Byron Hukee

Cutting up the California Desert »

Finding appropriate places to develop large-scale solar energy projects is not an easy task. The BLM’s solar energy program was just the first step toward developing an approach to zoning public lands for development while ensuring that habitats and wildlife are protected.

Rim Fire, © Mike McMillan/USFS

Summer: A Season for Fun–and Fire »

Though small, frequent fires during wildfire season are usually good, large, uncharacteristic wildfires can be bad for native wildlife habitat. There are three major reasons that wildfires are such a problem right now.

Sage-grouse, © Jean Bjerke

Saving Sage-grouse from “The Core Problem” »

Unfortunately, and although the Wyoming plan has its merits, key components of the strategy are not in accord with the best available science on sage-grouse and are unlikely to protect sage-grouse from ongoing threats, particularly oil and gas drilling. “In fact, federal agencies and other states should avoid adopting the Wyoming strategy if their goal is to conserve sage-grouse,” says Defenders’ sage-grouse expert, Mark Salvo.