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Trump Administration Sells Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah National Monuments

Trump Administration Sells Oil and Gas Leases Near Utah National Monuments

The Interior Department on Tuesday is auctioning off 32 parcels of public lands in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development. The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) lease sale includes more than 51,000 acres of land near Bears Ears—the national monument significantly scaled back by the Trump administration last year—as well as the Hovenweep and […]

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    Nearly 100 Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed From Website

    Nearly 100 Climate Action Plans for National Parks Removed From Website

    Climate change is a major challenge to America’s beloved National Parks—from hotter, drier conditions that can spark intense wildfires that can permanently alter Yosemite’s landscapes, to sea level rise triggered by warming temperatures that threaten the Everglades. In fact, nearly 100 parks have been preparing for and adapting to the damaging effects of climate change […]

    GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost

    GOP Tax Bill: How the Environment Lost

    The Republican tax bill, which is likely headed to President Donald Trump‘s desk in the next few days, has major repercussions for our precious environment. While the electric vehicle industry and the wind and solar sector can breathe a little easier that the sweeping legislation preserves their tax credits, fossil fuel producers are likely cheering […]

    Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

    Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

    Over the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided to strip Yellowstone grizzly bears of Endangered Species Act protections, sparking condemnation from conservationists over the agency’s “flawed” ruling. But now, USFWS is reviewing this decision thanks to an appeals court ruling that restored protections for a completely different animal that was taken off […]

    Zinke Proposes New National Monument in His Home State But Wants to Shrink Them Elsewhere

    Zinke Proposes New National Monument in His Home State But Wants to Shrink Them Elsewhere

    Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke wants to reshape and repurpose 10 national monuments for drilling, logging and other commercial activities, but you wont see the same recommendations for existing monuments in Montana—Zinke’s home state. Notably, if the former Congressman’s plans take shape, Montanans might even find themselves with a new, 130,000-acre national monument in their state. […]

    Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

    Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports

    The Trump administration has agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the U.S., a reversal of an Obama-era ban. In 2014, the President Obama’s administration banned the imports of elephant trophies to protect the species. “Additional killing of elephants in these countries, even if legal, […]