• Climate change may cause Alaska’s growing season to become about 80 percent drier by mid century, causing profound effects on wildlife, vegetation and human communities, according to new research conducted by our climate change analyst Brendan O’Brien, and ecologist Wendy Loya.

    By the end of the century — or 2094 according to our estimates — that same growing season may become a whopping 200 percent drier in a state already impacted by climate change.

  • Earlier this month, President of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Jack Gerard sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar stating his “concern” with the fact that the Department of the Interior is using some of its stimulus money to fast-track the permitting process for 32 renewable energy projects that will be shovel-ready by December 2010.

  • This past summer, the Wilderness Society Alaska office and our Native Alaskan partners had reason to celebrate: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to choose the “no action alternative” in its upcoming final decision for the proposed Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge land exchange in Alaska.

  • Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on all that we have to be grateful for. Melyssa Watson, who directs our Wilderness Support Center in Durango, Colorado, shares her reflections on wilderness below. Thank you for all you do to support and protect wild places!

    On Thanksgiving, my family shares a special tradition of taking a morning hike. Each year before sitting down to turkey, we head into the fresh morning air of Hermosa Creek, within the San Juan National Forest of southwestern Colorado.

  • With bipartisan support from Oregon’s delegation, the U.S. House of  Representatives has approved Oregon’s Molalla River Wild and Scenic bill, which would provide 21 miles of the river with the highest level of federal protection under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

  • This year is shaping up to be a banner year for environmental policy. The Obama administration is making decisions based on sound science and reason, peeling away actions and policies created in the past administration that significantly weakened environmental protections. The administration is establishing a new hope for our forests and wildlife.

  • In a recent bout of Googling, I fortuitously found the wonderful Web site and blog, Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a “website community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities.” The owner and operator of the website, Rue Mapp, sat down (virtually, of course) and talked to me about the passion behind Outdoor Afro and why conservation organizations should play a role in encouraging people of color to get outside and care about our wild places.

  • After years of suffering through a presidential administration that starved federal conservation programs of adequate funding, such programs are finally getting the needed boost they deserve.

    In October, Congress gave a significant funding increase to the Interior Department, which is responsible for most U.S. land conservation and management. The $4.6 billion funding increase will go towards a series of important projects and initiatives long pushed for by The Wilderness Society and the rest of the conservation community.

  • I’m in The Big Easy today to engage in a national dialog on redeveloping  brownfields for renewable energy. (Brownfields are parcels of land that have been previously used for industrial purposes). The Environmental Protection Agency, under the leadership of Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus, is doing some exciting things to capitalize on this remarkable opportunity.

  • Author Henry Miller once said “Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago… this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.” New legislation introduced last week could help protect this iconic California coastal landscape. The Wilderness Society and our partners, including the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, celebrated the introduction of the measure aimed to protect some of Big Sur’s irreplaceable natural treasures.