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[1THING] Blog: Archive for March, 2017

[ Trump is using every tool to sellout our public lands to coal, oil and gas companies ]

On Thursday, March 23, it asked a court to stop a rule designed to ensure taxpayers get a fair return from oil, gas and coal sold from mines and wells on public lands by asking for a “stay.”  The “Valuation Rule” was designed to prevent coal companies from pocketing


[ Why rust belt states are tackling methane when Trump won’t ]

A growing number of states that supported Trump in 2016 are taking steps to rein in methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. It’s easy to see why.


[ In another sneak attack, Senate votes to undermine Alaska refuges. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next? ]

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is America’s last big, pristine and wild place, and it is facing challenges greater than at any time in more than a decade. When the time comes to decide its future, we must be sure lawmakers don’t repeat the mistake they made this week.

[ New report shows State of New Mexico has history of restricting public access and selling-off state trust lands ]

Jennifer Dickson

The state of New Mexico has sold 4 million acres of state trust lands to private interests and extractive industries, some of which endanger the health, environment, and economy of local communities, according to

[ Study identifies strategies for preserving and connecting vulnerable habitat to preserve wild, connected and diverse protected lands ]

Michael Reinemer

The most recent paper, “Wild, connected, and diverse: building a more resilient system of protected areas,” will be published in Ecological Applications, a journal of the Ecologic

[ Response to Trump Budget: Wilderness Society Decries Decline in Care for America’s Public Lands ]

Michael Reinemer

“It’s fitting for President Trump to release his budget in March, because this is simply madness,” said Cam Witten, Government Relations and Budget Specialist at The Wilderness Society.

[ Alaska gas pipeline leak highlights hazards of Arctic Ocean drilling ]

In a preview of what could happen with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean, an underwater natural gas pipeline has been leaking in Alaska since December, and no repair is expected until late April, at the earliest.


[ Trump administration’s “skinny budget” would starve parks and conservation programs ]

As part of a historically low domestic spending proposal, President Trump wants to cut funding for the Department of the Interior by about 12 percent, selling out public lands and severely undermining the booming outdoor recreation economy. Additionally, Trump’s budget would slash the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent, eliminating thousands of jobs from that agency.

[ The Wilderness Society encouraged by climate resolution from 17 House Republicans ]

Anastasia Greene

Yesterday, 17 Republican Members of the House

[ Will bad target shooting policy literally leave this monument in the crosshairs? ]

For years, the Sonoran Desert National Monument has been at the center of a debate about recreational target shooting on public lands, which can damage archaeological sites, plants and the landscape itself (not to mention the threat posed to other park visitors).