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The Trump administration is at it again, this time taking a wrecking ball to America’s bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is the only law that requires the federal government to consider the environmental impacts of its decisions and gives the public a voice in those decisions.


Over the law’s 50-year history, citizens have relied on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to protect our public lands from a host of threats ranging from mining, road building, logging, and burning, to herbicide spraying and livestock grazing. Wilderness Watch has relied on the NEPA to defend America’s National Wilderness Preservation System—and the wildlife that calls it home—from predator control, motor vehicle use, helicopters, grazing developments, and even new mining and roads. 

The administration’s proposal would dismantle NEPA as we know it—by allowing more resource exploitation and environment damage on our public lands with little regard to imperiled plants and wildlife, clean water, clean air or even Wilderness.

Agencies will no longer need to consider an area’s “unique characteristics” (which courts have interpreted to include Wilderness designation) when determining whether an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary, essentially allowing agencies to disregard the special status of Wilderness. 

The proposed new rule creates loopholes for the federal government to ignore public comment. NEPA is the only law that gives the public a voice in federal decision making, so any attempt to limit public comment silences people and communities interested in protection of our public lands, particularly those who could be harmed the most by federal actions.

And if all this isn’t enough, incredibly, mining, logging and other extractive industries would be allowed to conduct their own environmental review, completely blurring the lines on conflicts of interest.

 

Photo: Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho by Leon Werdinger Photography.

 
 
 
 
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March 09, 2020

National Environmental Policy Act on the line

The Trump administration is at it again, this time taking a wrecking ball to America’s bedrock environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is the only law that requires the federal government to consider the environmental impacts of its decisions and gives the public a voice in those decisions.

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March 04, 2020

Proposed BLM Grazing Regs Threaten Wilderness Across the West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages livestock grazing on 155 million acres of federal public lands in 11 western states, has proposed grazing regulation revisions that will have significant environmental impacts across the west. The BLM’s proposed changes to livestock grazing regulations could affect nearly 5 million acres of Wilderness.

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Gila military
January 31, 2020

F-16 fighter jet flights threaten America's first Wilderness

Wilderness Watch is urging the U.S. Air Force to drop its proposal for up to 10,000 F-16 fighter jet “sorties” a year over America’s (and the world’s) first Wilderness—the Gila—and seven other Wildernesses in southern New Mexico—the Aldo Leopold, Apache Kid, Withington, Bosque del Apache, Sierra de las Uvas, Broad Canyon, and Robledo Wildernesses. The area’s wild character would no doubt be harmed by the invasion and noise of these countless military overflights.

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Supersonic jet flights threaten Owyhee Wildernesses and wildlife

 

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is proposing to expand its military training airspace over Wilderness in the Owyhee Canyonlands of southwestern Idaho with low-level flights by supersonic fighter jets known as F-15E Strike Eagles. Such activity could shatter the area’s natural sounds, ruin the wilderness experience for visitors, and stress native wildlife.  Read more...
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November 04, 2019

Allow Natural Recovery of Grizzlies in the North Cascades

The National Park Service in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on a plan to translocate grizzlies into the rugged North Cascades in Washington. The Forest Service is a cooperating agency, though it appears that agency’s input in the DEIS is minimal. Wilderness Watch is urging the Park Service to consider natural recovery options for the grizzly population.

 

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Paria
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Degrading the Wave at Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft environmental assessment for public input on its proposal to increase visitor use in fragile areas of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona, most specifically the Wave and Coyote Buttes North. These areas are almost exclusively day use, being only a few miles hike roundtrip.

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Ambler Road Threatens Gates of the Arctic Wilderness

Wilderness Watch is voicing concern over a destructive and unnecessary road proposed across a wide swath of the southern Brooks Range in Alaska. The 211-mile road to the so-called Ambler Mining District would facilitate huge mining operations that would benefit a private Canadian company at the expense of Wilderness and wildlife. 

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