The Wilderness Society

12/06/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2023 15:38

8 conservation and public lands victories to celebrate from 2023

Highlights include Arctic Refuge progress, Mt. Blue Sky renaming

It's become an end-of-year cliché to claim the last 12 months were uniquely bad (we've said it quite a few times ourselves). A proposal for 2023: Let's skip that step and instead highlight some of the things that went right.

This year, we saw the cancelation of unlawful drilling leases in the Arctic Refuge. Major shifts in how the federal government manages public lands. Even a mountain's historically fraught name changed to one that affirms tribal culture and resilience.