In New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest you’ll find one of the most heavily roaded forests in the southwest. More than 4,470 miles of road braid across its landscape—enough to take you from Santa Fe to Reykjavik, Iceland.
If loads of roads weren’t what you were expecting to find in a national forest, you’ll be happy to know that the forest may soon see a return of roadless areas.
Recently, the forest released an initial plan to close many miles of unnecessary, environmentally damaging roads across the forest.
Some places just deserve to be saved, and protection can't come soon enough for Gold Butte. It doesn't take long to realize you're in a spectacular place when visiting the Gold Butte region of Nevada. If the dramatic sandstone formations and red rock cliffs don't do it for you, surely the thousands of Native American petroglyphs and prehistoric sites will.
The place commands the awe and respect of most travelers that meander through.
Spend any time in Colorado this election season and you’re sure to see at least one erroneous advertisement warning consumers about the “$321 million tax hike,” should they vote for Amendment 58, which would end state tax credits to a wealthy oil and natural gas industry and invest the money in education and renewable energy.
On the heels of Congress lifting a spending limitation designed to give oil shale research more time to go forward, Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT) has been touring the state declaring that Utah is open for oil shale business. That’s interesting because last we checked, the industry had not yet finished researching where the huge amount of water and electricity necessary for a commercial-scale oil shale program will come from.
A year ago, a bunch of aerial photos of the Meadow Creek watershed showing that something was not right got into the hands of Brad Brooks from The Wilderness Society and Brad Smith from the Idaho Conservation League.
The Bush administration’s attempt to fast track oil-shale leasing in Colorado is unacceptable, according to Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO). The Wilderness Society’s Dave Alberswerth, a senior energy policy advisor, shares the view. He says Shell Oil is currently sitting on 32,000 acres of formerly public land sold to the company by the BLM under an 1871 mining law. He also said the government has issued five R&D leases in Colorado that so far have failed to produce large-scale, commercially viable technology for extracting oil from shale.
Regional and national conservation groups including The Wilderness Society, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and The Lands Council denounced a new state policy that went into effect Oct. 16, which removes virtually all protection from more than 400,000 acres of national roadless forest in Idaho.
A November lame duck session could see action on a public lands bill that protects two million acres. For the past eight years progress on environmental protection has been blocked by the Bush Administration, which has assembled one of the poorest environmental records in history. Now, a single Senator (Tom Coburn, R-OK) has managed to grind environmental progress to a halt by stalling every conservation measure taken up in the Senate.