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A Setback at Boundary Waters

June 20, 2020 — Federal District Judge Trevor McFadden, a recent Trump appointee, upheld the Trump administration’s decision to reissue two mineral leases for the Twin Metals Minnesota mine project, which risks polluting the Boundary Waters Canoe AreaMore

Oil, Logging, Mining Ordered as Forest Service Focus

June 17, 2020 — By Bobby Magill, Bloomberg Law — Oil, logging, mining, and grazing will be the priorities of national forests and grasslands, with expedited environmental oversight, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the U.S. Forest Service Friday.More

A Victory for the Tongass

June 8, 2020 — U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason rejected the Trump administration’s plan to harvest timber in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Gleason ruled that project approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Alaska National InterestMore

Disgraceful Plans for Utah Monuments

June 3, 2020 — The Trump administration has finalized management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Both plans make it easier to obtain rights of way for development. The plans also allow chaining, the practiceMore

Updates from El Yunque

May 29, 2020 — El Yunque National Forest encompasses much of Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo Mountains and is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system. Even though it is one of the smallestMore

Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

May 25, 2020 — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2546 by a vote of 231-183, sending the bill to the Senate in mid February. The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act would designate more than 1.3 million acresMore

Forest Service Takes FSEEE’s Advice

May 19, 2020 — Last winter, the Forest Service proposed that people pay a fee to hike or camp in central Oregon’s undeveloped wilderness areas. The agency argued that wilderness areas are “special” places in which Congress hasMore

FSEEE Weighs in on Wilderness User Fees

November 26, 2019 — Last month, the Forest Service proposed levying fees for entering three wilderness areas the agency oversees in Oregon, even for hikers and campers. FSEEE opposes the move. Here’s a letter Executive Director Andy StahlMore