Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has instituted a vague plan to keep national parks open through a government shutdown, but without park rangers to supervise them. It doesn't change the way he and the Trump administration have neglected our public lands.
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.
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.