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Oregon Democrats Are Using Public Money to Advance Trump’s Public Lands Agenda

County governments throughout Oregon are helping fund a radical timber lobby group

If you live in Oregon, there's a good chance that your county government is helping fund a lawsuit to overturn the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon. 

7 Ways the LNG Pipeline Threatens Our Public Lands

The Jordan Cove Energy Project is a proposal to build a 230-mile fracked gas pipeline across Southwestern Oregon and a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay (map). The project, which was originally proposed over 13 years ago, has already been denied on the federal level, but was recently resurrected with the hopes that the Trump administration will greenlight the project.

Welcome to the Upside Down

Recently, the infamous billionaire industrialist and corporate executive, Charles Koch, wrote a mind-boggling opinion article for the Washington Post about the current state of American politics.

Snowshoeing Around the Crater Lake Caldera

Recently, my friend and I circumnavigated the caldera of an ancient volcano. Our four-day snowshoe-backpacking trip around the rim of the Crater Lake was among the most challenging trips we had taken, but it was also among the most rewarding. 

Debunking Sec. Zinke's Claims on Shrinking Monuments

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A comprehensive analysis released today reveals the extent to which the Trump administration has deliberately sought to mislead the public on their plans to strip protections from America’s National Monuments. 

Andy Kerr on the Westerman Bill

Oregon Wild's former Conservation Director unpacks the massive "Logging Without Laws" bill
 

Who wouldn’t want “resilient” (“able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions”) forests? With the name Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936), what could possibly be wrong with this bill?

Everything. Judge neither a book by its cover nor a bill by its name.

All Eyes on Bears Ears

Bears Ears National Monument - Photo provided by the BLM

Over the weekend, the head of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, submitted a report to the White House recommending to scale back protections for the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah. In his report, Zinke suggests that President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the monument, which was designated by President Obama after many years of hard work by a diverse coalition of tribal and environmental groups.

Trump Wades Deeper into Fight over Public Lands

Yesterday the Trump Administration waded deeper into the fierce, on-going battle over America’s public lands. Alongside the head of the Interior Department, President Trump issued a new Executive Order that directs a special review of over 20 National Monuments designated since 1996, threatening to undermine decades of conservation work and weaken a key conservation tool used by presidents for a century, the Antiquities Act.

Public Outcry Defeats Lands Privatization Bill

Public lands advocates claimed a crucial win last week! An outpouring of citizen opposition forced one of the nation’s most prominent public lands privatization boosters to withdraw support for his own bill calling for the sale of over 3 million acres of public lands across the west.The victory was an incredible example of people from across the country uniting in a common cause and making their voices heard to protect public lands.

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