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An off-highway vehicle travels in a closed area of the Tonto National Forest. A bill authored by Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, would change a state law that requires Arizona Game and Fish Department officers to enforce off-highway vehicle laws in closed areas of national forests.

Under a state law that took effect in 2009, an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer enforcing hunting laws on federal land is supposed to stop someone from riding an off-highway vehicle in an area closed to OHV use. Read more»

A Bureau of Land Management official holds spent shells in front of a sign that served as a target on government property in California.

Target shooters on Arizona public lands are being asked to hold their fire during the current dry weather because of fears they could spark wildfires. Officials restricted the use of firearms after gunfire was blamed for igniting several fires in western states. Read more» 2

The entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Most Americans know our public lands as the places we go to get away from it all and enjoy ourselves in the outdoors. Conservation, however, also has enormous economic value, supporting a specific economy in recreation, restoration, and renewable energy development, all of which support numerous jobs. Read more»

Hole 16 at the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix.

If all I knew was, as Will Rogers said, what I read in the papers, I'd be pretty depressed. This is ironic considering in Arizona their mission is to most of the time be the cheerleaders for the Everything's Fine! propaganda ministry. Read more»

The Tonto National Forest will be affected by new planning regulations announced by the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday.

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs. Read more»

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (left) sustained severe damage and tree loss from the 2011 Wallow Fire. Most of the trees to the west of the fence, which is on reservation land, survived.

Facing devastating wildfires and inaction by the federal government, Arizona should declare its sovereignty and take control of its national forests, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»