A mountainous landscape

Public Lands

America’s pub­lic lands embody our shared nat­ur­al, cul­tur­al and eco­nom­ic her­itage. Ensur­ing pub­lic access and bal­anc­ing mixed uses requires thought­ful man­age­ment and a fierce insis­tence on care­ful stew­ard­ship of our pub­lic lands for the ben­e­fit of all Amer­i­cans, includ­ing future generations. 

2017-2021

In the name of ener­gy dom­i­nance,” the Trump admin­is­tra­tion gave an unprece­dent­ed lev­el of pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to fos­sil fuel devel­op­ment on pub­lic lands over com­pet­ing wildlife, recre­ation­al, graz­ing, and con­ser­va­tion inter­ests. The Trump-led Inte­ri­or Depart­ment sought to roll back crit­i­cal pub­lic lands safe­guards and reforms put in place by pre­vi­ous admin­is­tra­tions that it views as imped­i­ments to fos­sil fuel devel­op­ment, typ­i­cal­ly with­out solic­it­ing mean­ing­ful pub­lic input, and with lit­tle regard for coun­ter­vail­ing health, safe­ty and envi­ron­men­tal concerns.