San Juan National Forest. Scrubhiker (USCdyer) / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0
The Trump administration's plan to make it easier for industry to frack and mine in national forests would endanger the climate, wildlife and watersheds, the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups said in comments submitted Monday to the U.S. Forest Service.
A number of
wildfires are currently ablaze in the Western U.S. as severe drought envelops much of the region.
The 416 Fire in Colorado, which has scorched
27,420 acres since it broke out on June 1, has forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes and the closure of all 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest.