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Stand up and protect our public lands

In September, I had the special opportunity to experience my first camping trip at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico, a long way from my home in Toms River, New Jersey. Sleeping under the stars in the mountains and among the tarantulas was certainly an experience I’ll never forget. During that trip to the national monument, organized ...

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Public Lands Agency Ordered Staff to Promote Oil and Gas on Social Media

Staff at the Bureau of Land Management were instructed to share photos of fossil fuel development on the agency’s Flickr page, FOIA documents reveal. In March, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) flooded its Flickr page with photos of oil wells and mining pits. The transformation was meant to boost the visibility of fossil fuel development on public lands, according ...

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Why is the federal government trading away public land to the 1 percent?

In the battle over public lands, House Republicans recently carried out a raid. In early January, the House approved a small change to the rules dictating how federal land can be transferred to state or local governments, doing away with a requirement that the value of offloaded land be offset in the federal budget. It’s a detail with far-reaching consequences. ...

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2018: Crucial year for businesses to stand up for public lands

Five years ago, a diverse group of business leaders from across the state met in Bozeman. While they represented many different industries, the common denominator was an understanding that our public lands play a critical role in our state’s economy. Those first meetings inspired ideas about how to formally advocate for the economic value of our public lands, and today ...

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5 Native American tribes gearing up for battle over national monuments

Today, the president signed two proclamations drastically cutting land from two federal monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, by 80 percent and 45 percent, respectively. When President Obama designated Bears Ears a national monument last year, it was a huge victory for five Utah tribes — the Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi, and the Pueblo ...

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