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Massive oil and gas lease sale in NPR-A is unprecedented

Tim Woody

THEN: Trump promised to honor “legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.” NOW: Teddy who?

A year before effectively eliminating Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, then President-elect Trump claimed his administration would honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and “conserve and protect our beautiful natural resources for the next generation including protecting lands.”

Trump administration doubles down on illegal, unprecedented assault on protected public lands

Jennifer Dickson

Some members of Congress have joined in, proposing legislation to support these attacks on public lands.

The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:


After Utah onslaught, more national monuments targeted by Trump administration

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended significantly altering national monuments including Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and Gold Butte in Nevada.

Conservation groups file lawsuit after President Trump illegally axed dinosaur treasure Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Jennifer Dickson

Hours after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation taking an axe to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, conservation


Oil and gas industry methane measures are not enough

Sarah Graddy

The program appears to be an effort to preempt the need for a strong methane rule from the federal government, including the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.

Trump paves way for mining/drilling, effectively eliminates Bears Ears and deeply cuts Grand Staircase-Escalante

President Trump has announced his decision to effectively eliminate Bears Ears and vast portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, presumably with an eye toward opening large swaths of land to new uranium and coal mining and other development.

Contest: When Will The Lake Freeze?

frozenlakekdIt seems every year the Big Freeze on Madison’s Lake Mendota happens later and later.

Actually, ever since climatologists have kept records on this topic, it’s varied quite a bit.The earliest freeze on record was November 25th; the latest was January 30th.

Each year, the Clean Lakes Alliance sponsors a contest. This year, the person with the best guess as to when the lake will freeze over wins a $1000 gift card to Lands End.


Have a guess? Enter and check out all the rules here.

(Above picture by Kitty Dunn, and yes, she knows it’s Monona Bay, not Lake Mendota).

Trump takes action to sell out more of America’s shared natural heritage

Michael Reinemer

The Trump Administration announced it will abolish protections for more than 2 million acres of designated national monument lands in Southern Utah.

Newly passed drilling bill will devastate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Anastasia Greene

The tax bill passed by the Senate opens the door to oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after nearly 40 years of bipartisan support for protecting one of America’s last pristine, untouched landscapes.