The Latest by Tracy Coppola

Senior Legislative Counsel

Tracy was part of the Policy & Legislation team in Washington, D.C., from 2016–2018. Her work covered public lands—including national monuments, national forests, national parks—and hardrock mining issues.

President Donald Trump signs the hat of Bruce Adams, chairman of the San Juan County Commission, after signing a proclamation to shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments.
April 16, 2018

Trump’s Monumental Deception Unravels

Thousands of pages of Interior Department documents show that mining and drilling interests were at the center of Trump’s attack on national monuments.

Humpback whale
March 22, 2018

Once Again, Our Largest National Forest Is Under Attack

Alaska's state government has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider overturning hard-earned protections for the Tongass.

Monumento Nacional Bears Ears
November 9, 2017

Ni un parque más: El proyecto de ley que ignora la voluntad del pueblo

Considerando el aprecio que le tenemos a nuestras tierras, lagos y mares, uno pensaría que nadie, ni siquiera la industria privada, amenazaría a los monumentos nacionales a la Ley de Antigüedades. Pero no es así.

Bears Ears National Monument
November 3, 2017

‘No New Parks’ Bill Ignores the Will of the American People

Rep. Rob Bishop’s bill misses the mark on the role protected national monuments and national parks play in the lives of everyday Americans.

Clear-cut logging operations have already devastated forests in Oregon. This bill will allow even larger areas to be razed for timber production without public comment.
July 14, 2017

Devastating Federal Forest Bill Would Clear Cut National Forests and Silence Our Dissent

Rather than protect national forests, this bill is a gift to the timber industry.