While President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal boosts spending in certain areas and the 2016 appropriations bill included some much needed increases for natural resources and conservation programs, much work remains to be done.
The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.
Misuse of a federal leasing tool is allowing companies to hoard America’s public lands and cheat tax payers out of millions of dollars according to public data detailed in The Wilderness Society’s report,
“Secretary Jewell is on the right track. The plan to pursue cancellation of this oil and gas lease sets the stage for getting rid of the remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine region,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society
Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Conservation Lands were established in 2000 to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant lands recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values.
Background: Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a series of conservation decisions of historic scale aimed at rescuing the greater sage grouse from the threat of extinction and conserving its habitat across the West.