While 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that set the framework to preserve the nation’s most pristine landscapes, it also marks five years since Congress last protected any land as designated wilderness.
After decades of fighting for wilderness protections, Bethine Church passed away in December at her home in Boise at the age of 90. Often heralded as the matriarch of Idaho's Democratic party, Bethine was also well known as a passionate wilderness advocate.
Drilling, mining and of course logging all endanger bird habitat, so wilderness areas and wildlife refuges are crucial to the survival of some species. Some have of these wild areas even been designated Important Birding Areas - sites that provide essential habitat for one or more bird spec