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  • The oil companies said they could drill safely in ecologically senstive areas. They were wrong. As the Deepwater Horizon accident continues to devastate the Gulf Coast with an oil slick twice the size of the state of Maryland, there is no question that it's time to reevaluate the nation's drilling policies. 

    The Wilderness Society believes it is time to call for a timeout on all new offshore drilling and exploration.

  • The oil disaster in the Gulf continues to worsen, illustrating that it's time to demand reasonable limits on drilling in sensitive waters and lands. Check out this article about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by Cain Burdeau (AP).


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  • A proposal to protect areas of Nevada’s dramatic Gold Butte National Conservation Area could be decided this Tuesday when Nevada’s Clark County Commission votes on a resolution to support selected areas for Wilderness designation.

    It is not hard to appreciate that this spectacular region characterized by dramatic sandstone formations and red rock cliffs, and thousands of Native American petroglyphs and prehistoric sites, needs to be protected.

  • Soon more than 100,000 caribou will be roaming the coastal plain, with females nursing their new-born calves. Polar bears will have left their dens and headed off to coastal waters. Millions of migratory songbirds and waterfowl will be nesting. The Gwich'in people will be fishing and hunting and building stores for the winter, as they have for thousands of years.

  • Today, The Wilderness Society delivered a letter to the Chief of the United States Forest Service (USFS), Tom Tidwell, urging him to refrain from authorizing any activities that compromise the values of Forest Service Recommended Wilderness Areas. These places are so wild that the Forest Service has recommended to Congress that they be protected in perpetuity as wilderness.

  • “Out of seven of the most heavily forested nations on Earth, the United States experienced a greater percentage of forest loss from 2000 to 2005 than did any of the other countries.”

  • Today, The Wilderness Society delivered a letter to the Chief of United States Forest Service (USFS), Tom Tidwell, asking him to issue a statement that directs USFS to refrain from authorizing any activities that compromise the values of recommended wilderness areas. The current Forest Policy should keep intrusive development and activities in-check. It is imperative that the USFS not ignore these protective policies and grant damaging access to these treasured lands.

  • In one of the most densely populated states in America, a case can be made that the people of Connecticut should have a little breathing room. To the date, over 7,000 acres have already been preserved in the highly valued highlands of the Northeast, and because of this, people all over New England breathe cleaner air and drink cleaner water.

  • A gloomy forecast turned out to be completely wrong, and thousands of supporters of clean energy, wild places, and saving our planet turned out to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. April 25 to celebrate 40 years of Earth Day.

    Even though Earth Day itself fell on a Thursday, supporters from across the country turned out to learn more about renewable energy, protecting our imperiled ecosystems, and listen to passionate speakers and excellent music.
     

  • If you live on the West Coast and happen to spot a Pacific Black Brant headed north or south, you could bet your wallet that it’s either headed to or been to Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

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