Our Public Lands and Waters are Under Attack!
Our public lands and waters are currently under attack by Republicans in the White House and in Congress who are actively working to sell off our public places to big corporate polluters. Click on the location markers below to learn more about the public lands and waters that are under threat.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is biggest and the wildest land publicly owned by the United States and is home to a variety of species of plants and animals, such as polar bears, caribou, wolves, eagles, and migratory birds, that rely on the refuge. Unfortunately, this pristine land is now at risk of being handed over to big oil companies. The Republican tax bill (H.R. 1) included a measure in the bill that would allow oil drilling and other energy development, lifting a 40-year-ban on development in the area. The bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives without a single Democratic vote and was signed into law by President Trump in December 2017. The GREEN marker represents the region of pristine land in Alaska's Arctic Refuge that the Trump administration is taking steps to open to dangerous oil drilling.
The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the U.S.-Mexico border was established in 1943 to protect migratory birds and the endangered ocelot. Trump's proposed border wall would destroy the refuge, separate and intimidate communities, encroach on landowner rights and harm wildlife. Ranking Member Grijalva and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection calling for the preparation of a supplemental programmatic environmental impact statement (essentially a thorough exploration of environmental impacts) for the U.S.-Mexico border enforcement program. The FOREST GREEN marker represents the land in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge under threat.