The Rico-West Dolores landscape, located within the breathtaking San Juan National Forest in southwest Colorado, is a popular retreat for hikers, horseback riders, wildlife viewers, and other quiet recreationists.
After Wilderness Society members sent thousands of letters and emails to Congress, U.S. lawmakers have insisted the Forest Service not abandon its duty of protecting vulnerable wild lands recommended for Wilderness designation.
In 2009 you helped us begin to tear down the destructive environmental legacy of the Bush administration. Our members and supporters sent more than 1 million letters to decision makers, while our staff worked closely with the incoming administration and Congress.
Surviving the 140-degree heat of the Mojave Desert requires a mean set of survival skills that the desert tortoise holds second to none. But while the tortoise can live without water for a year or more, the loss of habitat has caused its numbers to decline by 90 percent since the 1980s. Today, the desert tortoise is listed as a threatened species.
A new government report released July 30 found that dirtbikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles are damaging our national forests and other western public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and that increased enforcement is desperately needed.