Can the Organ Mountains Survive the White House’s Monument Review?

Vets, local leaders fighting for Southern New Mexico reserve. Garrett Reppenhagen had just two hours to help save Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It was late July, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was visiting the site in New Mexico as part of his review of National Monuments, and Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain director of the nonprofit Vet…

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The Most Popular Program in the Outdoors is in Danger

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has bought land for national parks and long trails, and doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. So why does the White House want to cut it? The LWCF helped protect Oregon’s Sandy RiverJonathan Asher didn’t know much about the Land and Water Conservation Fund when he started working for the…

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DOI Memo: Shrink Five More Monuments

In a leaked document, Sec. Ryan Zinke proposes changing boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and others. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Donald Trump decrease the size of at least five national monuments, according to a leaked memo obtained by the Associated Press. Aside from Bears Ears, which Zinke recommended shrinking earlier this summer, the secretary proposed…

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NPS Proposes Steep Fee Hikes at Popular Parks

Would more than double prime-time entrance costs, as administration seeks to cut National Park Service’s budget. Yellowstone National ParkA new plan from the National Park Service would more than double peak season entrance fees at 17 of the country’s most visited national parks, with the extra money going towards maintenance and infrastructure improvements. In a…

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The Fight Against a Pipeline Along the Appalachian Trail

Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are headed to court to stop it. But with construction slated to begin soon, will that be enough? A rendering by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy of what the finished Mountain Valley Pipeline could look like.A lawsuit hasn’t been enough to stop construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a proposed…

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Five Tribes Are Suing Trump Over Bears Ears. Can They Win?

The Navajo Nation and four other tribes are going to court to restore Bears Ears National Monument’s original boundaries. If they fail, it could change American public lands forever. Grand Gulch is one of the areas eliminated from Bears EarsIf there’s one thing that Ryan Zinke wants you to know about his and President Trump’s…

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The “No More Parks Act” Could End National Monuments as We Know Them

Utah representative Rob Bishop got his way on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Now, he has his sights set on a bigger target: taking apart the law that created them. From the moment that President Barack Obama proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument, Rep. Rob Bishop was among the new preserve’s loudest critics. On December 4,…

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