In weeks before Trump takes office, Obama’s mad dash to save public lands

With the president-elect vowing to ramp up fossil fuel exploration, the future of America’s land and waters is uncertain.

By Dominique Mosbergen | The Huffington Post

With less than two months before he has to vacate the White House, handing over the keys to a successor who has vowed to open more federal lands and waters to drilling and mining, President Barack Obama is making a last-ditch effort to save swathes of public land.

This week, the Department of the Interior banned gold mining on 30,000 acres of land near the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. “There are good places to mine for gold, but the doorstep of [Yellowstone] is not one of them,” said DOI Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday.

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