Idaho has sold off tracts of land in apparent violation of its own constitution roughly 300 times, calling into question some politicians’ claims that state-seized public lands wouldn’t be in danger of liquidation.
Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge
Turned off by the anti-public lands views of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the state’s congressional delegation—notably representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, who have lobbied President Trump to reverse Bears Ears National Monument–the biannual Outdoor Retailer show is officially leaving Utah.
[ Statement on Outdoor Industry Assoc. announcement that it will seek a new home for major trade shows currently hosted in Utah ]
The Wilderness Society commends the outdoor retail industry for making this important decision to stand by our nation’s public lands and with the millions of Americans who recreate on them.
Today, the U.S. Senate approved President Trump’s nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society said:
Before leaving office, the Obama Administration finalized the long-awaited Stream Protection Rule to restrict coal companies from dumping mine waste and rock debris into streams, channels, canals, rivers and nearby valleys.
Often vying with fierce congressional opposition, President Obama protected more lands and waters than any other president, defended wildlands that are “Too Wild to Drill,” and tackled climate change and fossil fuel dependence while ramping up renewable energy development.
In a historic move, four Alaska legislators from across the state this morning voted against House resolution HJR 5, which urges Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration. Five representatives were absent.