Today, guided by science and public opinion, federal agencies charged with stewardship of taxpayer-owned public lands denied the renewal of two mineral leases adjacent to Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
The federal Bureau of Land Management today is offering approximately 1.4 million acres for oil and gas leasing in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, more than doubling the amount of land already leased in the Western Arctic.
Today, Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued the following statement on the nomination of U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Zinke reportedly has not yet accepted the nomination.
Today, the Senate took its final steps to secure the National Defense Authorization Act – without the presence of a provision that would have undermined collaborative plans to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem and hampered the sage-grouse’s chances at survival.
“Senator Risch’s support of the homegrown Scotchman Peaks wilderness campaign reflects the far-reaching community support for permanent protection of one of Idaho’s often overlooked wild gems,” said Craig Gehrke, Idaho state director for The Wilderness Societ