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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

EcoWatch

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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@WstrnPriorities on Twitter


4 days ago
A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.

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5 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

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6 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

https://t.co/JyV5Xd6C5J
6 days ago
New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?

https://t.co/hiuJlwTozz https://t.co/QoaYYRsvXq
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