Conservation Lands Foundation has been pushing back on the Administration’s effort to lock up millions of acres of large landscapes to drilling or development. Our #TimeToChoose social media campaign is helping our Friends Grassroots Network and supporters hold the Interior Department accountable every step of the way.
The Interior Department has released plans to open up nearly 7 million acres of public lands in Western Arctic Alaska to oil and gas development - an area that includes the largest remaining unprotected wilderness in the nation. These lands are home to Indigenous communities and the animals they've depended on for millennia. The Interior’s plan is a shameful dismissal of the health and perspective of Alaska Native people who will be the most impacted.
There’s no going back once these places are gone and we are collaborating with our conservation partners on next steps.
The Bureau of Land Management is moving closer to authorizing a controversial transportation corridor through Utah's Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and a desert reserve for threatened Mojave Desert tortoises. Thanks to the unrelenting advocacy of our Friends Grassroots Network member Conserve Southwest Utah, nearly 20,000 comments were generated opposing the highway within the protected area and the Bureau has, for the first time in over 20 years that this highway has been pursued, included alternatives that place the highway OUTSIDE of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.
It will be a tough battle to get the Bureau to select the right plan but we’ve seen the power of public input and we will be continuing to drive comments in support of a route that addresses traffic issues and protects wildlife habitat within the Conservation Area.