Yellowstone is under assault from gold mining corporations, and now it needs your help. This time the stakes are higher than ever—gold mines will carve up the little habitat that remains for imperiled species, acid runoff could poison the Yellowstone River, and the area’s thriving tourism economy could be left in shambles.
Tell Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to stand up to mining interests and protect Yellowstone today.
More than 100 years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt stood on the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and laid the cornerstone of what would become the famous stone arch that welcomes millions of people to the park each year. Standing beneath the Roosevelt Arch, you experience the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscape. But unless we act quickly, visitors to the arch could be gazing out at an open-pit gold mine.
Unbelievably, public lands within the northern gateway to Yellowstone in Montana are facing threats from two proposals for large-scale gold mines—one within view of the Roosevelt Arch.
But we’re fighting for Yellowstone. Earthjustice wields the power of the law to protect our treasured public lands and threatened species—and with your help, we continue to win.
If developed, these mines will industrialize wild landscapes that provide precious habitat for imperiled grizzly bears, lynx and wolverine—all of which rely on the wild lands outside of Yellowstone as one of their last refuges in the lower 48 states. The mines also risk poisoning critical tributaries to the Yellowstone River with acid runoff. And they threaten to disrupt a local economy that depends on the area’s pristine natural beauty—which draws visitors from around the world—and the Yellowstone River’s unmatched fly-fishing opportunities.
Our best hope for protecting these lands is to ask our policy-makers to withdraw them from mineral development, effectively ensuring that no mining will occur there. Local community leaders are calling on Secretary Jewell to do just that. And we’re asking you to show your support for protecting these lands by writing to Secretary Jewell today—before plans to dig up Yellowstone’s gateway become a reality.
Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.
November 12, 2016 Action Alert ID# 448
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