Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.

Growth of Private Tree Regulation Spurs Fear of Backlash

Will the recent tangle over the regulation of trees on private land in Texas spread to other cities and states?

Zinke Plan Would Reduce Size of 6 National Monuments

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Cuomo’s new state requirements for credit-reporting agencies in N.Y.; working to stop chronic shoplifting in Alaska; and court affirms ruling in Minneapolis sick-leave ordinance lawsuit.

Western Local Leaders: Federal Payments for Tax-Exempt Lands Not a ‘County Welfare Program’

County commissioners visited Capitol Hill last week to defend a pair of federal programs they say are crucial to their budgets.

This Wildfire Season Underscores the Importance of Federal Forest Payments

A Montana county board chairman says it's time for Congress to institute “mandatory, long-term funding” for counties with federal lands within their borders.

To Soften a Hurricane's Blow, Don't Drain the Swamp

Wetlands directly prevented half a billion dollars in damages during Hurricane Sandy, a new study has found.

Utah State Rep. Blames Wildfire on ‘Bird and Bunny Lovers, Tree-Huggers and Rock-Lickers’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Federal judge rules Alabama must improve its prison mental health care; decision on Flint water contract extension; and a Bay Area migration to Sacramento.

Will Bears Ears Remain a National Monument?

If Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decides to revoke its status, it would be the latest example of the federal government setting aside land in conjunction with tribes, only to break the agreement.