Until March 19, the public can formally weigh in on the process by which the government is opening Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to mining, reckless off-road vehicle use and other damaging activities.
By our admittedly subjective criteria, incorporating both the conservation standards of their times and the precedents set by their administrations’ words and deeds, these are the White House’s most prominent champions of public lands.
Oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuel interests stand to benefit from Trump's latest proposals in the form of relaxed regulations and priority status afforded to operations on public lands; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would also gain sole authority to approve oil and gas pipelines through national parks.
As part of a budget proposal that amounts to a Valentine to special interests, the Trump administration wants devastating cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been called America's most important conservation tool.
With federal moves to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Arctic Ocean, and a plan to build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge’s designated wilderness, Alaska has become ground zero in the Trump administration’s efforts