Today, Interior Department officials approved a proposal that would block new mining claims on the forested public lands that are along Yellowstone National Park on the Montana side. The “withdrawal” of the area from mining claims will be for a period of twenty years.
Update: On September 6, 2018, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the government will be cancelling the proposed 20-year ban on mining activity near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is supposed to be managing America’s public lands for the good of taxpayers and generations to come, but instead he is letting industry dictate environmental policies, opening up some of our wildest places to development over the objection of the American peop
Today, guided by science and public opinion, federal agencies charged with stewardship of taxpayer-owned public lands denied the renewal of two mineral leases adjacent to Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).