"All Americans can join in the celebration of our newest national monuments that recognize the importance of our Native American history and the living landscapes where Native culture continues to thrive today," said Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams.
On Dec. 28, President Obama announced that he designated Gold Butte National Monument using the Antiquities Act, helping to ensure that Native American cultural sites, wildlife habitat and breathtaking landscape will be preserved for posterity in Nevada.
Cutting through one of the most celebrated hiking trails in America, the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens wildlife habitat, recreational lands and the health of local Appalachia communities, while setting a terrible precedent of building energy infrastructure through our national forests.
More often than not, Rep. Zinke's voting record has followed the anti-conservation standard set by the rest of President-elect Trump's cabinet. He has sowed doubt about the well-established science of climate change, fought efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tried to halt long-overdue efforts to reform the federal coal leasing process.
Decision by U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture stops renewal of leases for sulfide-ore mining in the Boundary Waters’ watershed that could have contaminated the wilderness’ lakes and rivers.
The Wilderness Society has signed on to a statement of solidarity with leaders from conservation groups nationwide, pledging to oppose hatred and abuses of human and civil rights and asking that President-elect Trump, in representing all Americans, ensure that "all his nominees and appointees honor fundamental civil rights and embody civility befitting the offices for which they have been selected."