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West Virginia Hydro Project Rejected

March 15, 2019 — The Forest Service has rejected a proposal to build a $1.2 billion hydroelectric facility in the mountains of West Virginia, saying the project would harm rare species and degrade federally protected wetlands. FreedomWorks LLC,More

Court Rules Against Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again

February 26, 2019 — The bad news keeps coming for backers of a controversial natural gas pipeline that would span the Appalachian Mountains. Yesterday, a federal appellate court declined to reconsider its earlier finding that the Forest ServiceMore

Forest Service Proposes Reopening Road Through Grizzly Habitat

February 22, 2019 — The southern border isn’t the only place where Trump Administration proposals are stirring controversy. Last week, officials with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests issued a draft record of decision to rebuild a long-abandoned stretchMore

Majority Support Keeping Roadless Rule in Place for Tongass

February 19, 2019 — More than 140,000 people submitted comments or signed petitions on a proposal to revise or rescind a rule that protects wild stretches of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from road-building and logging, with the majorityMore

BLM Withdraws New Mexico Oil and Gas Leases

February 11, 2019 — Facing pressure from conservationists, Native American tribes and members of Congress, Bureau of Land Management officials have decided not to offer oil and natural gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historic Park in NewMore

More Problems for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

February 7, 2019 — Construction has halted on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as the pipeline’s proponents grapple with adverse judicial rulings and growing skepticism that the project will go forward. Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer, isMore

Groups Sue Forest Service Over Grazing

February 4, 2019 — A pair of environmental groups is suing the Forest Service for approving livestock grazing in an area of southwest Colorado that is home to bighorn sheep. In establishing a new grazing allotment for domesticMore

Study: Owls Thrived After Rim Fire

January 31, 2019 — The 2013 Rim Fire burned more than 250,000 acres in Yosemite National Park and the adjacent Stanislaus National Forest, making it the largest fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada. It also burned muchMore

Colorado Wilderness Bill Proposed

January 28, 2019 — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will introduce legislation this week that would create about 73,000 acres of new wilderness areas in the state and extend protection to about 400,000 acres. Bennet’s legislation combines four billsMore