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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2017

[ Revealed: Idaho appears to have violated state constitution in selling off land ]

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.

[ New Research: Idaho may have unlawfully sold hundreds of thousands of acres of state land ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society (TWS) and Idaho Conservation League (ICL) released results of new research today that reveal what appear to be widespread violations of the Idaho constitutional l

[ Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge ]

Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge

Renewing its assault on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska House of Representatives recently passed a resolution that urges Congress to open the refuge’s fragile coastal plain to oil exploration.


[ Pruitt’s confirmation was just one battle. Here’s why we’ll win the war. ]

What we’ve accomplished together since the specter of Pruitt’s nomination was first raised gives me hope for the days ahead.


[ Why we support the Outdoor Retailer Show’s boycott of Utah ]

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 ]

Jennifer Dickson

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.


[ EPA antagonist and climate change denier takes the reins ]

Tony Iallonardo

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:

[ Congress voted that it’s okay to dump mine waste into waterways ]

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.


[ President Obama inducted in Wilderness Hall of Fame for his conservation record ]

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.

[ Historic Number of Alaska lawmakers vote against drilling in Arctic Refuge coastal plain ]

Tim Woody

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.