Decision by U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture stops renewal of leases for sulfide-ore mining in the Boundary Waters’ watershed that could have contaminated the wilderness’ lakes and rivers.
The Wilderness Society has signed on to a statement of solidarity with leaders from conservation groups nationwide, pledging to oppose hatred and abuses of human and civil rights and asking that President-elect Trump, in representing all Americans, ensure that "all his nominees and appointees honor fundamental civil rights and embody civility befitting the offices for which they have been selected."
Trump has picked a leading climate denier, Myron Ebell, to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ebell is also said to be in contention to head the agency itself. On the campaign trail, Trump said he may "cut" the EPA, but giving Ebell any authority over it may be just as bad.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was the first monument whose protection was motivated specifically by the need to preserve biodiversity. Now, the effects of climate change mean it might need to be expanded.