DENVER - Leaders across Southwestern Colorado praised Congressman John Salazar (D-CO3) for his new San Juan Mountains Wilderness legislation. The bill, introduced earlier today, has the backing of San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, along with numerous local stakeholders and would protect some of the San Juan Mountains most spectacular landscapes.
WASHINGTON - Thursday, September 3, marks the 45th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, landmark conservation legislation that allows citizens to work with Congress to protect America’s public land as wilderness.
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. House of Representative approved a landmark wild land and rivers protection bill by a vote of 285 to 140 today, following years of bipartisan work to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness. The legislation which passed the U.S. Senate on March 19, will now head to President Obama’s desk. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the legislation.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which would permanently protect more than 2 million acres of America’s wilderness in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. The omnibus lands act provides the greatest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 15 years. It now advances to the President’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.
WASHINGTON – Approval today by a key Senate Committee means legislation to permanently protect wilderness and wild and scenic rivers in the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Mountains, Riverside County, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is bound for a vote by the full Senate. Together, the three bills will protect more than 732,000 acres of wilderness and over 80 miles of wild and scenic rivers for future generations to enjoy.
In 1911 something very important occurred for American forests. The Weeks Act was introduced by and named for Massachusetts Representative John W. Weeks. Before this legislation, forests in the East were privately owned — and for the most part were mismanaged, unprotected and damaged from poor logging practices and development. The forests had declining water quality and were at risk of large wildfires, erosion and flooding.
If you’re ever in Seattle, the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness is an absolute must-see getaway for jaw-dropping scenery. The area, accessible with just 45 minute drive from the city, is one of the country’s most visited wilderness areas, providing incredible wild mountain vistas, impossibly craggy peaks and lush old-growth forests – not to mention over 700 mountain lakes and tarns, living up to its namesake.
The radio crackled the news as I slowed and turned right off state Highway 41 west of Homestead. “Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced plans to establish a new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge.”
“Halleluiah”! I shouted as I drove across the levee and up the gravel rise to park with a view of a vast ocean of marshy grassland bordering the busy trans-Everglades two-lane highway known as the Tamiami Trail (or, more colloquially, “Alligator Alley.”)