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Transcript: Why April was a huge month for public lands

This is an automatically generated transcript. Please excuse grammatical errors and typos.  Aaron: Welcome to the Landscape, your show about America’s parks and public lands. I’m Aaron Weiss with the Center for Western Priorities. Having a great week here in Denver. Kate: And I’m Kate Groetzinger in Salt Lake City. We’ve got two folks from […]

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Why April was a huge month for public lands

Kate and Aaron are joined by the Wilderness Society’s Michael Carroll and Justin Meuse to talk through a handful of federal regulations, or rules, that were finalized in late March and April. These rules touch on everything from methane waste on public lands to ecosystem restoration to caribou herds in Alaska. Some of these rules […]

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President Biden marks Earth Day 2024 with a week of climate action

President Joe Biden celebrated Earth Day yesterday at a Virginia national park as his administration kicked off a week of climate and conservation announcements. The administration has organized a series of events each day this week to celebrate and advance the administration’s accomplishments on environmental policies. The President kicked off Earth Day by announcing a historic $7 billion in […]

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Biden administration launches 30×30 conservation tracking tool

On Friday, the Biden administration launched conservation.gov, a beta version of the “American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas” which will track the conservation status of public, state, and private lands across the U.S. This tool came about through a public comment process in which the administration invited scientists and policy experts to weigh in on how to track land […]

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Statement on release of American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas

Tracking conserved acres is a huge step toward meeting 30×30 goal DENVER—The Biden administration today launched conservation.gov, a beta version of the “American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas” which will track the conservation status of public, state, and private lands across the U.S. This tool came about through a public comment process in which the administration invited scientists and […]

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Biden administration elevates conservation and restoration

The Bureau of Land Management published the final version of its much-anticipated Conservation and Landscape Health rule (also known as the Public Lands Rule). The BLM oversees 245 million acres of federal public lands, mainly in the Western U.S., and for decades, the federal government has prioritized oil and gas drilling, hardrock mining and livestock grazing on these […]

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STATEMENT on the Bureau of Land Management’s Final National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Rule

DENVER—Today the Bureau of Land Management released its final National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) Rule, which updates regulations for the management and protection of the NPR-A. The final rule codifies the maximum level of protection for over 13 million acres within Special Areas that have already been designated within the NPR-A and provides a process to […]

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Statement on BLM’s final Public Lands Rule

Rule will bring balance to management of Western public lands DENVER—The Bureau of Land Management today published the final version of its much-anticipated Conservation and Landscape Health rule (also known as the Public Lands Rule). This rule will help balance the agency’s operations with guidelines for managing conservation, recreation, and climate impacts across millions of acres of […]

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Ahead of Earth Day, President Biden points to conservation legacy

With Earth Day less than a week away, President Joe Biden and his administration are highlighting his record on conservation and climate issues. The White House tweeted yesterday that the Biden administration has protected 26 million acres so far, putting him within reach of conserving more lands and waters than any other president in U.S. history.  So far, Biden […]

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California lawmakers introduce Chuckwalla National Monument bill

On Tuesday, a trio of California lawmakers introduced bicameral legislation to create the Chuckwalla National Monument and expand Joshua Tree National Park. The bill would protect over 627,000 acres in the Eastern Coachella Valley through the establishment of Chuckwalla National Monument, and would add just under 18,000 acres of previously designated public lands to Joshua Tree National Park. […]

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How Biden’s climate actions benefit public lands

The Wilderness Society published a new report that shows how the Biden administration’s progress on climate also benefits public lands. According to the report, in the Lower 48 states, the administration’s actions could result in a 40 percent reduction in lifecycle emissions from coal, oil, and gas on public lands, the equivalent of removing 93 million cars […]

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Transcript: Swimming upstream with Trout Unlimited

This is an automatically generated transcript. Please forgive typos and grammatical errors.  Aaron: Welcome to the Landscape, your show about America’s parks and public lands. I’m Aaron Weiss with the Center for Western Priorities, where I just watched the solar eclipse with a bunch of kindergartners through eighth graders. It was definitely the best fun […]

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Biden releases final oil and gas rule

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its final Oil and Gas Rule last Friday, bringing forth long-overdue updates to the regulations governing onshore oil and gas development on national public lands. The Biden administration inherited a federal oil and gas program that was broken and rigged in favor of the oil and gas industry. In August 2022, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act […]

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Swimming upstream with Trout Unlimited

Kate and Aaron are joined by Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood, who has been with TU for twenty years, following a career as chief policy director at the U.S. Forest Service during the Clinton administration. Chris talks about how an influx of federal funding for ecosystem restoration is supercharging the group’s work reconnecting streams and […]

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Statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s Final Oil and Gas Rule

DENVER—Today the Bureau of Land Management released its final Oil and Gas Rule, which updates regulations governing onshore oil and gas development on national public lands. The rule codifies updated rental rates for acres of public land leased and royalty rates on oil and gas extracted, ensuring taxpayers receive a fair return on public resources extracted from public […]

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BLM surpasses renewable energy goal

On Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management released its final Renewable Energy Rule, which updates regulations to incentivize and expedite wind and solar energy development on national public lands. The rule codifies lower acreage rental and capacity fees and provides for a streamlined process for renewable energy development in identified priority areas. The final rule comes on the heels of […]

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Statement on the Bureau of Land Management’s Final Renewable Energy Rule

DENVER—Today the Bureau of Land Management released its final Renewable Energy Rule, which updates regulations to incentivize and expedite wind and solar energy development on national public lands. The rule codifies lower acreage rental and capacity fees and provides for a streamlined process for renewable energy development in identified priority areas. The Renewable Energy Rule comes […]

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House passes huge outdoor recreation bill

The House on Tuesday approved the EXPLORE Act, a bipartisan bill that increases access to public lands and boosts the nation’s outdoor economy. Among its sweeping set of provisions, the bill would make it easier to get permits for activities on public lands, develop more biking trails, and codify the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program, a fund that […]

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Redline: Everything the Heritage Foundation gets wrong about national monuments and the Antiquities Act

In March, the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank ran an op-ed in the Washington Times and on its website arguing that the Supreme Court should review the Antiquities Act, a century-old law that has protected some of America’s most iconic natural areas and historic treasures, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. The […]

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Low-income and minority communities will now be more protected from toxic chemicals

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that will require chemical plants to reduce their emissions of cancer-causing chemicals. As a result, the number of people with elevated cancer risk is expected to decrease by 96 percent. The rule will bring long-overdue environmental justice to low-income and minority communities that are disproportionately located near such plants. The rule will […]

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