Tucked in a deep valley in Washington state’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and bordering the Glacier Peak Wilderness sits tiny Holden Village, a community and retreat center and an inspiring place to renew and connect with nature. It is also the site of the old Holden Mine that left behind 8 million tons of tailings from copper extracting operations.
The site underwent a five-year remediation effort to put nature back in place, with the goal of the cleanup to protect public health, welfare, and the environment from actual or threatened releases of hazardous substances.
The desert southwest is undergoing substantial growth, and with it, there’s an increasing demand for energy.
The Southline Transmission project was proposed as a solution to both strengthen the regional transmission grid, and facilitate the development of renewable energy projects in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
A surge in uranium prices in the late 2000s led to a huge influx of new mining claims on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service-administered public lands in the vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park.