Bureau of Land Management

Governor Doug Ducey recently announced he’ll ask Arizona lawmakers to nearly double spending for wildfire prevention. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it comes as forest managers are preparing for an early fire season.

Earth Notes: Tough Dirt

Feb 7, 2018
Jim Harrigan, NRCS

The Colorado Plateau is a land of constant discovery—both above and beneath our feet. Recently a surprising soil was unearthed that fit a previously empty slot in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s established soil classification system. 

Daniel Pouliot

The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing Tuesday on whether to reverse a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on a million acres near the Grand Canyon. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a representative of the mining industry and a member of the Havasupai Tribal Council were among those who testified.  

Earth Notes: Juniper and Ash

Nov 24, 2016
Jim Harrigan

Nine hundred years ago the eruption of Sunset Crater volcano must have been a brilliant spectacle. Ultimately, nearly 750 square miles of northern Arizona were blanketed in cinders and ash. After the destruction, life slowly returned. 

USDA Trying to Resolve Lawsuits With Women, Hispanics

Oct 18, 2012
Ken Hammond / USDA Agricultural Research Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding meetings across the country with women and Hispanic farmers who believe they were discriminated against when applying for farm loans.