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Patagonia urges Biden to protect the Arctic from extraction

Patagonia recently launched a campaign urging President Biden to protect three ecologically sensitive areas of the Alaskan Arctic from drilling and mining. The areas include the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), and the Brooks Range. The campaign is urging individuals to submit public comments calling for increased protections for the three areas. Patagonia is encouraging the public […]

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Outdoor recreation is now a trillion-dollar industry

A new analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) finds that the value added of the outdoor recreation economy accounts for $563.7 billion, or 2.2 percent, of national gross domestic product (GDP). When adjusted for inflation, this represents an increase of 4.8 percent from the previous year, compared to an increase of 1.9 percent for the economy overall. Total gross […]

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Another setback for Tribes battling Nevada lithium mine

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du has granted the government’s motion to dismiss claims brought by Tribes that the Thacker Pass lithium mine threatens the historic site of a massacre of Tribal members by the U.S. Cavalry in 1865. Du had previously ruled that the Tribes had failed to prove that the location of the massacre site is the […]

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Proposed Chuckwalla National Monument is a win for conservation and renewable energy

The proposed Chuckwalla National Monument encompasses a 660,000 acre landscape located south of Joshua Tree National Park and northeast of the Salton Sea in California. It includes vital habitat for threatened and endangered desert wildlife, including the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and chuckwalla lizard as well as being the proposed location for the reintroduction of Sonoran Pronghorn antelope, and also […]

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BLM foundation focuses on recreation opportunities

The Bureau of Land Management’s congressionally chartered nonprofit partner, the Foundation for America’s Public Lands, has released a report with recommendations for how the agency can improve recreation experiences on BLM-managed public land. The report is the result of listening sessions with stakeholders, including more than 120 organizations that represent interests including off-roading, hunting and fishing, conservation, and local, […]

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How Biden can protect the Arctic in the wake of Willow

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), located on Alaska’s North Slope, contains nearly 23 million acres, making it ten times the size of Yellowstone National Park as well as the single largest plot of contiguous public land in the United States. It contains some of the best caribou habitat in the country, which helps sustain nearby Native Alaskan communities. […]

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