The biggest issue facing the environmental community on the fiscal cliff is that the spending cuts will be devastating for environmental priorities and programs. The Wilderness Society is working to avoid these cuts.
Montana Senator Jon Tester returned to Washington this week and some say his successful reelection was boosted by his strong support for conservation and the sportsmen’s community, along with his ability to find solutions and reach across the aisle.
Spending cuts that are part of the budget sequester, or just “sequestration” could have deep and lasting impacts on America’s wild places. The sequester is a trigger of automatic spending cuts that was passed by Congress in 2011.
The Interior Department is changing the way energy development is done by evaluating specific places on public lands before projects are proposed. By identifying suitable places ahead of time, solar energy will face less conflict and cause fewer impacts.
Our National Conservation Lands were designated specifically to conserve, protect and restore some of the most outstanding landscapes in the country. With the added guidance provided by new manuals, the BLM is well on its way toward meeting these goals.