“The communities of the North Fork Valley have worked hard to declare their independence from the boom-bust cycle of a fossil fuel-dependent economy, with the result that the Valley is now known for its family farms, wineries, recreational opportunities and wildlife,” said Melissa Hornbein, a senior attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “For the Bureau to willfully risk these values by adopting a 20-year plan covering millions of acres without adequately analyzing its climate impacts, and without acknowledging the disproportionate warming that has already occurred in the Valley was reckless. We are happy the government has recognized the need to maintain the status quo while meaningfully considering these impacts. That was the point of this case.”

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