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A marijuana plant grows in California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This plant is part of an illegal growing operation by highly organized drug cartels that take advantage of the forests' thick canopy to help hide their operations. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Illegal Pot Operations In Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water

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Pack goat breeder Ann Summerton on a trail in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains with her goats, Bannack and Joker. Goats are affordable, easy to care for, and a full-grown male can carry about 70 pounds. Nick Mott/Montana Public Radio hide caption

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Goats Are Picking Up The Load For Backcountry Travelers. Some Worry About The Impact

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Like most American ski areas, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area operates on U.S. Forest Service land thanks to a federal lease. Shrinking federal budgets to maintain recreational access to public lands mean locals have to be creative to keep trails open and safe. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline

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Hell's Backbone Grill is located in Boulder, Utah, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City. The restaurant's owners are fighting Trump's plans to slash the size of nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by more than half. Ace Kvale hide caption

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Pro-public lands messages are projected on the McNichols Civic Center in Denver. The Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show moved to Colorado because of a public land use dispute with Utah government leaders. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Ancient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins, are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument outside Blanding, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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Oil pump jacks work behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D., in 2014. The oil and gas industry is lobbying lawmakers to repeal a rule that aims to limit the emissions of methane, the chief component of natural gas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

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