Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke frequently calls himself a Teddy Roosevelt conservationist. When he was nominated, we graded him using the Teddy-o-Meter, and now we're taking another look to see how his promises have held up. Spoiler: The results are not pretty.
The Department of the Interior has agreed to a secret "land swap" that would would open a portion of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to a road that could endanger numerous migratory birds, brown bears and caribou while threatening to close off access to sportsmen.
Three days before Christmas, the Trump administration quietly issued a decision that allows the renewal of mining leases to move forward near Minnesota's cherished Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Efforts to undermine the Roadless Rule most directly imperil the Tongass National Forest, which contains some of America's oldest trees, produces salmon that help sustain local fishing communities and includes habitat for grizzly bears, moose, wolves and much more.
President Trump and Congress have been waging a war on conservation all year—from choosing a cast of climate deniers to steer federal agencies, to repealing protections for Bears Ears, to helping his congressional cronies open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. But we're not giving up.
A bill introduced by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart that would effectively codify Trump's cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument received a subcommittee hearing Dec. 12. Similar legislation affecting Bears Ears has also been introduced.