Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.
Idaho has sold off tracts of land in apparent violation of its own constitution roughly 300 times, calling into question some politicians' claims that state-seized public lands wouldn't be in danger of liquidation.
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.