Under the guise of “modernization” and “streamlining,” the Trump White House has put big industry in charge of environmental decisionmaking—and to cut the public and science out of the process. We need to make sure reversing the attack on NEPA is a top priority for the incoming Biden Administration.
Our public lands – millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers, and plains – are a part of who we are. They exist for the good of all, not the profit of a few. But powerful special interests inside the government and beyond are waging an aggressive campaign to undermine and even sell off public lands all across the west for short-term private gain.
Use our Bill Tracker to learn more about legislation in Congress that affects public lands and contact the Members who represent you in D.C.
Great news! The House just passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (PAW+), which protects landscapes in Colorado, Washington, California, and Arizona. We've broken down the highlights below, but The Wilderness Society's article has more exciting details. This act effectively:❄ Advances the 30x30 goal of conserving 30% of the nation’s land and waters by 2030.❄ Protects 260,000 acres of wilderness and 379 miles of wild and scenic rivers in Northwest California.❄ Designates nearly 245,000 acres of wilderness and would add 159 miles of creeks and rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in Central California, which protects landscapes that sustain abundant recreation opportunities as well as iconic species like the California condor and southern steelhead trout.❄ Expands protections for the Angeles National Forest, which accounts for 70% of Los Angeles County’s open space, and establish a new San Gabriel National Recreation Area to enhance recreational opportunities for park poor communities.❄ Prohibits new mining claims on approximately one million acres of public lands around Grand Canyon National Park❄ Expands the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by approximately 191,000 acres to include the area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor in southern California.❄ Passes the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act protects important recreation areas and viewsheds in the high central mountains of Colorado, an area seeing intensive population growth, recreation and increasing strain on public lands.❄ Protects more than 600,000 acres of public lands as wilderness in Colorado permanently.❄ Protects 126,554 acres of the Olympic National Forest in Washington as wilderness and would add 464 miles of rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. ... See MoreSee Less
The House of Representatives passed bills that protect over 2 million acres of wilderness and other lands and waters, ensure greater public access to public lands and shield places like the Greater Grand Canyon from mining and other threats.
Volatile weather has created dangerous conditions for backcountry skiers and set up the West for a bad water year. With climate change exacerbating the situation, it’s time to start assuming the worst for our winters and making plans to adapt.
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Let’s not sit this one out! If you think you might have something better to do on November 3 this year, like skiing four inches of blower pow on granite or maintaining social distancing and avoiding polling places, make sure you contact your county registrar and line yourself up with a mail-in ballot, fill it out, and get it in! Then go trash your skis, knowing that you did your part to keep your country off the rocks.
A 211-mile-long gravel highway proposed through the Brooks Range in Alaska will devastate the fragile arctic tundra’s landscape, biodiversity, and Native livelihood. We must stop the road—and the proposed mines it leads to—from getting built.
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Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and
preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports
experience on public lands.