Just before Thanksgiving, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Deputy Secretary David Hayes each talked about "wise” and “smart” planning for development of our nation’s renewable energy resources. Their comments were about a new program for off-shore wind in the Atlantic, but they could have just as easily been talking about on-shore wind and solar development.
This past Tuesday’s election delivered a message that is reverberating throughout the halls of Congress: Voters went to the polls and sent the message that partisanship and legislative gridlock are no way to manage the nation’s business. By delivering a divided Congress for the first time in 10 years, voters are not endorsing one party or the other — they are instead crying out for cooperation, compromise and a little common sense.
It might have been a cold, rainy few days in Hartford, Connecticut, but inside the Land Trust Alliance Rally’s convention center people from all across the nation and world were full of energy and enthusiasm. Participating in seminars covering every conceivable topic related to land protection as well as visiting diverse exhibitor tables, people were abuzz with new ideas for saving and protecting our land and water.
Washington, D.C. was abuzz this month with ranchers, lawyers, land owners and sportsman to advocate for full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
“Walking the marble halls of Congress was quite a change of pace from my usual day to day conservation work in western North Carolina,” recalls Kieran Roe of the North Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy who brought his immense energy and passion for protecting land with him all the way to Senator Burr’s (R-NC) office.
The summer of 2010 has been scorching hot in the D.C. area. As the temperature has risen, so has the heat on Congress to fulfill a promise it made 45 years ago — to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Rain was pouring down around my green car as a couple of my friends and I traveled up an endless forest road to the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest. Behind us, an unmarked white vehicle had been following us for what seemed to be 10 miles. Nervousness abounded because the weather was quickly deteriorating. Visibility became so poor that I stopped the car and carefully approached the white truck behind us.
We recently named 29 wild places that could be preserved through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which use revenues generated from offshore oil and gas drilling leases to acquire critical new lands. Six of the 29 places are located in my region, the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Read on to discover why two of these special places deserve to be saved.
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.