Aldo Leopold, co-founder of The Wilderness Society and a preeminent voice in the conservation world defined wilderness as “a continuous stretch of country preserved in its natural state, open to lawful hunting and fishing, big enough to absorb a two week’s [horse] pack trip.” In his most famous book, A Sand County Almanac, he provided two examples of “primitive skills in pioneering travel…”one of these is canoe travel, and the other is travel by packtrain.”
Proponents of oil development in Alaska have been making promises, and breaking them, for decades. More than thirty years of industrial activity in Alaska have demonstrated that oil production is inherently a dirty business. Despite the industry’s best intentions to minimize impacts, environmental and social effects are accumulating and resulting in lasting harm to ecosystems and indigenous cultures.
Of the 50 states, South Carolina is not one often associated with land preservation. But that’s not the case this fall. A bill passed by Congress in October has granted part of the funding to expand the state’s only national park and the home of the nation’s largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest.
My favorite thing about being here in Merida at the 9th World Wilderness Congress — Wild9 — is the chance to learn from peers and colleagues from around the world who are pursuing the same goal of protecting wild places and the values they provide to people.
Our chief of economics and ecology reports from the 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico.
There is a place in south-central Wyoming’s Red Desert region that is so wild and pristine the state designated the area as "Very Rare or Uncommon" back in 2007. While locals recognized the major significance of this spectacular wilderness and spiritual place, Adobe Town was facing a serious threat from a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to open the area up to oil and gas development.
The Department of the Interior is calling for an investigation of a Bush-era deal on oil shale leases that grossly favored industry over American taxpayers.
The investigation, announced Oct. 20, will look into excessively low royalty rates and other benefits that were tacked onto oil shale research-and-development leases in the final days of Bush administration.