As the costs of fighting wildfires continue to balloon, underfunded U.S. Forest Service programs have been forced to pull money from important conservation programs to keep on top of both wildfire suppression and mitigation.
The cartoon above, originally from The Washington Daily News, was printed in the “Winter-Spring 1962-63” issue of The Living Wilderness, a magazine published by The Wilderness Society and mailed to all members.
Wilderness is intrinsic to our conception of what it means to be American—first as an oppositional force, something our pioneer ancestors hacked away to build towns, railroads and the other trappings of civilization we know today.
In April, a video of a black bear and her cub scaling the vertical walls of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park went viral. The video was taken by Stephanie Latimer who was kayaking the Rio Grande River in the canyon.