In order to combat the ongoing lack of accuracy in the debate over the many uses of our public lands The Wilderness Society’s team of legal, economic, and research experts are launching a series of “bites” of truth about Western economies and public lands—the True Grit.
The Department of Interior took a major step backward on wilderness protection June 1. Bowing to political opposition from right-wing members of Congress, the Administration seems to be moving away from its landmark Wild Lands Policy, put in place just five months ago to help the Bureau of
I’m Michelle Haefele, an economist with The Wilderness Society in Denver. I’m also fourth generation Coloradoan. I grew up hiking and camping in mountains west of home, on our public forests and deserts.
When did it become open season on our open spaces? First, Congress slashed conservation and environmental programs. Then we saw a backroom deal that stopped the BLM’s new Wildlands policy in its tracks.
This paper looks back at the evolution of the BLM’s conservation mission as a vital part of its mandate, including multiple use, through the agency’s creation and the first fundamental shifts toward retaining public lands for public use and management.
In 2025, just 15 years from now, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act will have been guiding the agency’s management for 50 years. In that same year, the National Landscape Conservation System will turn 25.
The Obama administration issued proposed guidelines Thursday for solar development on public lands in the West, a move that could speed renewable energy projects that have been mired in environmental controversy.
The detailed analysis, known as a Draft Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, identifies 24 "solar energy zones" in six states that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said would be most suited "for environmentally sound, utility-scale solar energy production."