Less than a week after announcing a joint U.S/Canada agreement to combat climate change and prioritize Arctic conservation for the benefit of indigenous peoples, the Obama administration released a proposed five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing that includes Alaska’s Arctic Ocean
"Today's decision is a turning point in the decades-long fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana." said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. "The Interior Department recognizes that the Badger is simply too sacred and too wild to drill.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Forest Service was right to bar domestic sheep grazing from parts of Idaho’s Payette National Forest in order to forestall the spread of a deadly disease to bighorn sheep.