All told, the Center for American Progress reports that public lands and environmental issues played decisive roles in at least 14 races. “My hope was that public lands would become a top-tier issue and not something we only care about after we have a roof on our head and pay for health care,” says Land Tawney, president of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, based in Missoula, Montana.I don't understand their claim that public lands issues were so decisive in the Republicans defeat. As it stands right now the R's have lost 31 seats, but the historical average from 1862 on is a loss of 38 seats. They did better than the historical average.
The article does give some guidance of the enviro's legislative priorities:
With an empowered public-lands caucus in the House and an imminent changeover of chairmanships on vital committees like the House Natural Resources Committee, conservationists and environmentalists are hopeful that popular bipartisan legislation, like a bill to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, will finally become law...Ranking member Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona, will likely chair the committee starting next year. Beyond the LWCF, public-lands advocates are hoping Congress will move forward with pending legislation to fund wildlife protection and habitat enhancement, parks maintenance, and conservation components of the farm bill. Grijalva is pledging to use the committee’s investigate powers to investigate Zinke and other appointees who he calls “ethically challenged.” “They're going to be held accountable, and if they don’t want to participate in that accountability, then we have other legal recourses to make them do that,” Grijalva says. “
What is not mentioned is more parks, national monuments and wilderness areas, but you better believe there will be plenty of them. Will the Trump administration oppose these bills? Will the President use his veto power for those that do pass Congress? We will be watching.