These days the phrase ‘energy independence’ has become code for drilling our wild public lands. But what some may not realize is that oil and gas from our wildlands is not staying in the United States.
I am swinging a pulaski deep into the ground, hoping to chip off a nice large chunk of soil. I am on Sampson Mountain on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1986, doing trail maintenance in this magnificent wilderness.
Living in Los Angeles, the outdoors play a big role in improving my quality of life. I’m usually surrounded by traffic on freeways and crowded city streets, so a nearby escape to the San Gabriel Mountains is a chance to see peaceful forest views and breathe some fresh air.
Last Saturday I was able to join 30 enthusiastic hikers to explore a kind of wilderness that is different than what we often think of as "wilderness" – the subtle, enigmatic hills and valleys of the Adobe Badlands.
California is constantly a trendsetter – from Hollywood movies to Silicon Valley, the Golden State is always on the cutting edge – pioneering trends that come into vogue across the nation and all over the world.