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The Trump administration and our public lands

President Donald Trump’s inauguration today marks the start of uncertain territory for supporters of our U.S. public lands. In an interview with Field & Stream, Trump disavowed the land seizure movement saying, “I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble?” And still, in the opening days of the 115th Congress, the House passed a rule change paving the way for land seizure. Will Trump go to bat for our lands? Time will tell.

For a deeper dive, Scientific American and Natural Geographic took a good look at what President-elect Trump’s first 100 days could mean for environmental policy and public lands.

Quick hits

Congressional move to ease the turnover of public lands ignores the billions in revenue that recreation generates

The Guardian | Jezebel

Solar now employs more workers than oil, natural gas, and coal combined


Former federal land swaps have been a good deal for Utah’s schools, but still Bear Ears swap stalls

Salt Lake Tribune

Column: The beauty of Bears Ears through the eyes of someone who lives there

Salt Lake Tribune

As Donald Trump enters the White House, oil companies look to expand drilling onto protected public lands

Houston Chronicle

In a changing economy, blaming environmental regulations for economic woes doesn’t tell the whole story

The Atlantic

Colorado’s Colowyo coal mine to stay open with improved sage grouse protections

Denver Business Journal

Montana Board of Oil and Gas issued only 24 permits to drill in 2016, the lowest since 1920

Great Falls Tribune

Op-ed: Religious leaders should urge environmental stewardship on inauguration day

Morning Consult

Quote of the day

“We need an EPA administrator who understands the importance of protecting our nation’s natural resources for the benefit of all citizens; not just a well-off few. We need an EPA administrator whose interests lie with the American people. Scott Pruitt is simply not that leader.”

—Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial

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States step up to lead on conservation and public lands policy in the Trump era

At a time when Westerners are feeling less than confident about the federal government’s commitment to respecting and protecting our...

October 17th, 2017

Oh, the places Secretary Ryan Zinke will go (for political fundraisers and speeches)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been all over the news in recent weeks — and it hasn’t been the kind...

October 17th, 2017

Anti-park congressman introduces “No New Parks” bill

Congressman Bishop’s attack on the Antiquities Act is not a serious piece of legislation. It’s a manifesto put forward by...

October 10th, 2017