"Today's decision is a turning point in the decades-long fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana." said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. "The Interior Department recognizes that the Badger is simply too sacred and too wild to drill.
A stretch of starkly beautiful wildlands in Southeast Utah is at risk due to energy development, looting and vandalism, but a movement led by Native American tribes could lead to its permanent protection as a national monument.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Forest Service was right to bar domestic sheep grazing from parts of Idaho’s Payette National Forest in order to forestall the spread of a deadly disease to bighorn sheep.