The Wilderness Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation spearheaded an effort to get more than 60 national, regional, and local conservation, preservation, recreation and other organizations to sign a letter to President Obama outlining our strong support for the Antiquities Act. The letter encourages defense of the Act in the face of these legislative efforts and also encourages appropriate use of the Act to protect the nation’s important public land values.
Read the entire letter by clicking on the link below.
Both climate regulatory and climate adaptation programs won cash infusions in President Obama's budget proposal yesterday, despite a tough budget year that saw overall cuts at environment, natural resource and land management agencies.
Environmentalists said the budget underscored the administration's seriousness about its climate change agenda, even when the programs were not linked directly to clean energy and jobs initiatives.
The following statement from The Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows is in response to the news that Carol Browner, chief environmental and energy adviser to President Obama, will be leaving the White House.
WASHINGTON –Today, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring September as National Wilderness Month. The proclamation comes at a time of opportunity for our wildlands: the conclusion of America’s Great Outdoors listening sessions and National Public Lands Day, which kicks off Wilderness Week at the end of September.
“Tonight the President is expected to urge the Congress to act to protect the public health by capping the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The President should be applauded for remaining steadfast in his support of protecting the public against the shameful dumping of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, harming people, threatening our water supplies, wildlands and wildlife, perpetuating dependence on fossil fuels, and undermining the transition to a clean energy economy.
FRANKLIN, NC — President Obama signed legislation last week that will be used to purchase private land and give the public access to a gorgeous waterfall in Pisgah National Forest. The funding will also be used to expand the Uwharrie National Forest, give North Carolinians more fishing and hiking opportunities and protect wildlife habitat.
ATLANTA — President Obama signed a bill that will bring funding to Georgia to purchase land that will help protect rivers and streams, provide more recreational opportunities, and keep development at bay.
The $32.24 billion package signed into law on Oct. 31 funds the Department of Interior for 2010 and will give Georgia a green boost by providing: