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Long-awaited spending bill boosts key conservation funding, includes needed wildfire budget fix

Michael Reinemer

Congress appears to be ready to pass its federal funding bill without previously proposed attacks on essential protections for national forests and other public lands.

MEMO: Trump administration pursuing overly aggressive timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling

Tim Woody


TO: National Energy and Environmental Reporters

Bureau of Land Management strikes out in third attempt to manage off-road vehicles in California desert

Andrea Alday

Unfortunately, BLM’s latest draft closely mirrors prior attempts that a federal court found illegal. The draft plan once again inadequately protects areas with high conservation and cultural values and prioritizes off-road vehicles over other uses.

Outlook for energy and public lands forum, National Press Club March 20

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society will host a discussion for journalists working on energy, environment and climate issues on March 20 at the National Press Club. Panelists will focus on developments and trends from the last year and what that may portend for the year ahead.  

13 animals that depend on wildlife refuges to survive

When an animal is listed under the Endangered Species Act, scientists designate some stretches of land as “critical habitat,” meaning they can provide all the shelter, food and other essentials the species needs. Here is our gallery of a few at-risk species that rely on national wildlife refuges as part of that habitat.

A global game changer for energy efficiency investments

A new underwriting and risk assessment standard could help scale up this $1 trillion global market.


Interior: Administration wants aggressive timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling

Tim Woody

During a trip to Alaska that included a visit to the North Slope, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Joe Balash spoke this morning at a breakfast meeting in Anchorage and expressed the Trump administration’s desire to pursue an a

These senior EPA officials can now moonlight for secret private-sector clients

New questions arise inside Pruitt’s EPA after officials obtain ethics waivers to solicit outside work.


A far better infrastructure plan

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement about the plan.

Lydia Weiss, Director of Government Relations at The Wilderness Society, said:

Trump’s own budget office admits Obama-era regulations brought billions in benefits

Benefits topping $800 billion is nothing to scoff at, but the Trump White House is doing its best to bury this remarkable report.