Documentary Series: Why Some Places Should Be Off-Limits To Development

By Jessica Goad

Next week, the Center for American Progress and the Sierra Club will premiere a series of short documentaries called “Public Lands, Private Profits” that outlines threats to special places on public lands owned by the American people.

The videos profile three stories about the fights to protect certain areas from resource extraction: uranium mining on the edges of the Grand Canyon; a proposed coal mine close to Bryce Canyon National Park; and natural gas drilling in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Watch a preview of the series above.

Some of our country’s best places have already been preserved for future generations to enjoy. But these films show that even places already set aside for conservation can face challenges.


The videos will be released next Tuesday, July 10th. Also, tune in next Wednesday for the live stream of an event featuring the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune, and CAP’s John Podesta and Tom Perriello discussing “The Status of American Conservation in 2012.”

Jessica is the Manager of Research and Outreach for the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.