Turned off by the anti-public lands views of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the state's congressional delegation—notably representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, who have lobbied President Trump to reverse Bears Ears National Monument--the biannual Outdoor Retailer show is officially leaving Utah.
Often vying with fierce congressional opposition, President Obama protected more lands and waters than any other president, defended wildlands that are "Too Wild to Drill," and tackled climate change and fossil fuel dependence while ramping up renewable energy development.
Rep. Chaffetz's bill (H.R. 622) would completely eliminate law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, making it even harder for the chronically underfunded agencies to manage and protect the land.
Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke frequently calls himself a Teddy Roosevelt conservationist. Our Teddy-o-Meter shows when Zinke's words and actions align with the pro-public lands and anti-pollution standards of his hero, and when they fall short.
Black History Month is a time to remember and honor the many groups and individuals who contributed to the success and achievements of this country as well as to advancement for African Americans as a people.