The Bureau of Land Management is instituting a new Master Leasing Plan for an area outside Dinosaur National Monument. Large areas of wild lands in northwest Colorado will now be protected, but the new plan also opens up several sensitive areas to oil and gas drilling.
Thanks to a new bill in Congress, one of America’s greatest wild places -- the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska -- might become permanently protected as a wilderness area.
Throughout 2014, as we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we have said the most apt celebration of the landmark law would be for Congress to work with renewed determination to conserve our most special landscapes—including those we have worked for years to protect.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed several pieces of locally-supported legislation on Nov. 13 that would protect irreplaceable wild landscapes, signaling hope for the current “lame duck” session of Congress.