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The Methane Rule: where are we now?

Last month, House Democrats introduced the Methane Waste and Prevention Act of 2019, a bill designed to restore some of the regulations on methane emissions previously established by the 2016 Methane Rule, which has been effectively repealed by the Trump Administration.

Land and Water Conservation Fund permanently reauthorized

On March 12, President Trump signed the broad public lands package that contains permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), creates four new national monuments, and adds protections for millions of acres of public land and hundreds of miles of river.

Farmington community turns out for trail planning meetings

Farmington community turns out for trail planning meetings by Katie Ross | Mar 1, 2019 Public Land Solutions, City of Farmington working on future of outdoor recreation for the area   Public Land Solutions (PLS) has partnered with the City of Farmington, New Mexico as...

Shutdown damage still being measured

As various federal agencies and businesses begin to assess the damage caused by the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, impacts on public lands and the people who depend on them are coming to the forefront.

Land and Water Conservation Fund’s future in flux

Land and Water Conservation Fund’s future in flux by Katie Ross | Dec 13, 2018 More than $176 million in funding lost as Congress limps through lame duck session The Land and Water Conservation Fund, a legacy program that has existed for more than fifty years, remains...

New Colorado Governor Polis pledges public land protections

New Colorado Governor Polis pledges public land protections by Katie Ross | Nov 14, 2018 Recreation economy high on governor-elect’s agenda Jared Polis gave his first remarks as governor-elect of Colorado at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market last week, promising to...

An update on the Land and Water Conservation Fund

An update on the Land and Water Conservation Fund by Katie Ross | Oct 18, 2018 Congress may consider LWCF reauthorization and funding during this Fall’s lame duck session After Congress failed to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) on September 30,...

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban by Katie Ross | Oct 8, 2018 Court rejects mining industry’s challenge to 20-year moratorium on new claims Supreme Court decided last week not to hear a case challenging the current ban on new uranium mining in...

Land and Water Conservation Fund passes key Senate committee

Land and Water Conservation Fund passes key Senate committee by Katie Ross | Oct 2, 2018 All eyes now look toward end-of-year negotiations to reauthorize and fund this important recreation and conservation program   The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a...

More states pursuing outdoor recreation offices

More states pursuing outdoor recreation offices by Katie Ross | Aug 17, 2018 More support needed from outside the outdoor industry   According to an Outside Magazine article published last week, 11 states now either have an office of outdoor recreation, or have...

Court keeps implementation of Methane Rule on hold

Court keeps implementation of Methane Rule on hold by Katie Ross | Jun 5, 2018 Case to revive the rule can continue On Monday June 4th, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a request from California, New Mexico, and various environmental groups asking to...

Outdoor businesses speak out against methane rule revisions

Outdoor businesses speak out against methane rule revisions by Katie Ross | May 3, 2018 Companies of all sizes express concerns over rollback   Public Land Solutions (PLS) recently submitted a letter signed by 35 outdoor industry businesses outlining concerns over the...

Public Land Solutions kicks off recreation economy project

Public Land Solutions kicks off recreation economy project by Katie Ross | Mar 23, 2018 New effort highlighting outdoor recreation communities around the nation As part of its Prosperous Communities Initiative, Public Land Solutions has begun a survey of communities...

Methane Rule revisions open for public comment

Methane Rule revisions open for public comment by Katie Ross | Mar 14, 2018 Proposed changes would roll back taxpayer and environmental protections After multiple failed attempts at repeal, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published its draft revision the 2016...

Land and Water Conservation Fund up for permanent renewal

Land and Water Conservation Fund up for permanent renewal by Katie Ross | Jan 30, 2018 Bill to fund conservation program gains large co-sponsorship   A bipartisan bill (H.R. 502) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has gained 219...

Reservation system proposed for Arches National Park

Reservation system proposed for Arches National Park by Katie Ross | Jan 19, 2018 New system would drastically cut down on overcrowding, wait times National Parks, long the crown jewels of our country’s natural wonders, have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent...

Good Start for Proposed Utah Ozone Regulations

Utah’s Division of Air Quality board will vote January 3 on whether to adopt the proposed rule changes to the way oil and gas development is regulated on public lands in the state. The updated rules could go into effect later this month. Below is Public Land Solutions’ statement on the current proposed rules.

National Monument cuts evoke swift response

National Monument cuts evoke swift response by Katie Ross | Dec 5, 2017 Tribal, environmental groups sue over the reduction of Utah’s protected lands   On Monday, in front of a crowd of handpicked supporters at Utah’s capital in Salt Lake City, President Trump issued...

Methane rule safe for now

Methane rule safe for now by Katie Ross | Oct 16, 2017 California court rules Interior Department must continue with regulations Earlier this month, a federal court in California ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) unlawfully postponed key compliance dates...

Utah Representative co-sponsors Recreation Act

Utah Representative co-sponsors Recreation Act by Katie Ross | Oct 13, 2017 Rep. Mia Love joins others on Recreation Not Red-Tape bill Last week, Utah Congresswoman Mia Love joined Reps. Simpson (R-ID), Beyer (D-VA), and Polis (D-CO) in co-sponsoring the Recreation...

Directive threatens balanced recreation planning

Directive threatens balanced recreation planning by Katie Ross | Sep 8, 2017 Administration imposes clumsy changes to NEPA, our bedrock environmental protection law   Prior to Labor Day weekend, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued Secretarial Order 3355 (SO 3355)...

BLM proposes leases near Dinosaur National Monument

BLM proposes leases near Dinosaur National Monument by Katie Ross | Jul 14, 2017 Energy development proposals at Dinosaur National Monument jeopardize businesses and recreation economy   The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed several parcels of land for...

PLS urges Interior Secretary against shrinking monument

PLS urges Interior Secretary against shrinking monument by Katie Ross | Jul 10, 2017  Zinke’s interim Bears Ears report leaves landscapes vulnerable   In a document released in June, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking the borders of Bears Ears...

BLM defers leases threatening Zion National Park 

BLM defers leases threatening Zion National Park  by Katie Ross | Jun 6, 2017  Gov. Herbert, Zion communities urged deferral of leases   On June 1, the Utah state office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a decision to defer three controversial lease...

Huge Victory for Public Lands!

The BLM Methane Rule survived an attempt to repeal the regulation under the Congressional Review Act, ensuring protections for public lands and recreation remain in place.

Outdoor businesses oppose Methane Rule rollback

On March 7 several leading outdoor businesses, such as Patagonia, Petzl, Woolwich, and Oars wrote Congress urging member of the US Senate to vote against the use of the Congressional Review Act for the Bureau of Land Management Methane and Waste Prevention Rule.

Local businesses oppose proposed oil and gas leasing near Zion

Today, approximately 25 local businesses sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management St. George Field Office opposing a plan to sell three oil and gas leases near to Zion National Park. The businesses join a chorus of concern for the leases. Washington County, the City of Springdale, and over 40,000 citizens have also voiced concerns for the proposed lease sale.