Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today intentions to transfer the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University system. This would make the land an "outdoor classroom, open to all — including hunters — with conservation of the land guaranteed forever."

News Release | Environment America

Rep. Bachmann Suggests Support for Oil Drilling in the Everglades

During a four-day campaign tour in Florida, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stated that she would consider drilling for oil in the Everglades. Environment Florida Director Aliki Moncrief issued the following statement in response.

Report | Environment America

Grand Canyon at Risk: Uranium Mining Doesn’t Belong Near Our National Treasures

Uranium mining has left a legacy of disastrous pollution in the West, and now mining poses a risk to the Grand Canyon – one of our greatest national parks. Thousands of new mining claims threaten to destroy the canyon’s stunning landscape and pollute the Colorado River, according to this new report.

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Past Disasters Show Dangers of Uranium Mining Near the Grand Canyon

Uranium mining has left a legacy of disastrous pollution in the West, and now mining poses a risk to the Grand Canyon – one of our greatest national parks. Thousands of new mining claims threaten to destroy the canyon’s stunning landscape and pollute the Colorado River, according to a report released today by Environment America entitled Grand Canyon at Risk: Uranium Mining Doesn't Belong Near Our National Treasures.  

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Federal Judge: Two Endangered Species Act cases against Androscoggin Dam owners should go forward

In a preliminary victory for efforts to save the endangered Atlantic salmon from extinction, a federal judge has recommended that lawsuits brought by two conservation groups against Miller Hydro Group and Topsham Hydro Partners for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should go forward.

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Secretary Salazar Announces Important Step toward Protecting the Grand Canyon from Toxic Mining

Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Department of the Interior has chosen the withdrawal of one million acres of land around Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims for up to twenty years as the agency’s preferred course of action and that it would continue to protect these areas under an emergency withdrawal until the release of a final decision, expected at the end of the year. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement.

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Arizona State Budget Cuts Will Likely Force State Park Closures

As Gov. Jan Brewer signed off on the final budget late Wednesday, state parks throughout Arizona will likely face more closures in the coming months.

Tomorrow, inside this building, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget which would make massive cuts to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. HB 1 would cut funding for parks by 25% for the 2012-2013 biennium. These cuts could force the closure of at least seven state parks, eliminate funding for local parks and playgrounds, end leases for almost one million acres of public hunting land and hurt wildlife management efforts. 

News Release | Environment America

Public to Weigh In on Hardrock Mining near Grand Canyon

After months of analysis, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released a draft Environmental Impact Statement assessing the impact of hardrock mining on lands within the Grand Canyon watershed. Over the next forty-five days, the public is invited to comment on the Secretary’s proposal to withdraw up to one million acres of land around the Canyon from new mining claims.

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America’s Great Outdoors Report Celebrates the Best of America

Environment America applauds the President for his celebration of America’s Great Outdoors in his long anticipated report highlighting findings from the Administration’s listening sessions, which asked Americans how to protect the places they value most.

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