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[ We stand with those who suffer the unintended consequences of oil and gas booms ]

Anastasia Greene

The Wilderness Society joined the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and over 118 Tribal Nations to stand up for those who will bear the

[ Oil industry’s allies in Congress set sights on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge ]

Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.

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[ These environmental and legal hurdles could take down Trump’s wall ]

The Department of Homeland Security has sweeping power to push through the border wall, but legal challenges could be strong.

     

[ Amid several major controversies, anti-public lands congressman chooses to investigate…a tweet ]

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, is investigating a tweet that he says could indicate secret coordination between the White House and Bryce Canyon National Park.

[ Revealed: Idaho appears to have violated state constitution in selling off land ]

Idaho has sold off tracts of land in apparent violation of its own constitution roughly 300 times, calling into question some politicians’ claims that state-seized public lands wouldn’t be in danger of liquidation.

[ New Research: Idaho may have unlawfully sold hundreds of thousands of acres of state land ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society (TWS) and Idaho Conservation League (ICL) released results of new research today that reveal what appear to be widespread violations of the Idaho constitutional l

[ Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge ]

Alaska Legislature renews its assault on the Arctic Refuge

Renewing its assault on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska House of Representatives recently passed a resolution that urges Congress to open the refuge’s fragile coastal plain to oil exploration.

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[ Pruitt’s confirmation was just one battle. Here’s why we’ll win the war. ]

What we’ve accomplished together since the specter of Pruitt’s nomination was first raised gives me hope for the days ahead.

     

[ Why we support the Outdoor Retailer Show’s boycott of Utah ]

Turned off by the anti-public lands views of Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the state’s congressional delegation—notably representatives Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, who have lobbied President Trump to reverse Bears Ears National Monument–the biannual Outdoor Retailer show is officially leaving Utah.

[ Wilderness Society statement on Outdoor Industry Assoc. announcement that it will seek a new home for major trade shows currently hosted in Utah ]

Jennifer Dickson

The Wilderness Society commends the outdoor retail industry for making this important decision to stand by our nation’s public lands and with the millions of Americans who recreate on them.

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