Across the West and in Idaho, a dangerous movement of radical fringe groups and oil, mining and other development interests are buying off politicians to “transfer” America’s federal wildlands to the states where they can be sold to priv
According to the report, Idaho’s 1.7 million acres of sold-off state lands have included more than 100,000 acres sold since the year 2000. In many cases, these sales have cut off public access to cherished outdoor recreation spots or even allowed lands to become industrialized.
By the time the public comment period ended on April 22, over 12,000 Wilderness Society supporters had submitted comments applauding a new rule that addressed natural gas waste on public lands—waste that is
In the Pacific Northwest, roughly 24 million acres of forest are protected from destructive clear-cut logging and managed as part of a vast, intertwined ecosystem that stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.
In early April, the U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental impact statement recommending that this forest in the Wyoming Range withdraw consent to lease 30 parcels—nearly 40,000 acres—of land for oil and gas leasing.