• Wildlife, wildfire suppression, climate change research and other natural resource programs get a much-needed boost in funding in the 2010 Interior Appropriations bill. The 16.8 percent increase is a welcome change after eight years of inadequate funding that had led to the shutdown of some National Wildlife Refuges and research programs, as well as shortfalls in funding for firefighting on public lands.

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  • It’s been another big week for climate champs! Over the weekend the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) released the much-anticipated Chairman’s Mark of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

  • 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.

    After forty-five years, the Wilderness Act protects more than 109 million acres of Wilderness on public lands, two million acres of that protected just this year.

    But work remains to be done. Wild spaces in places like Alaska, Montana, Washington, Idaho, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico still need protection.

  • This week, the Skokomish Watershed Action Team (SWAT) will be featured at the World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Coordinated by The Wilderness Society, the SWAT works together to plan, fund, and implement projects aimed at healing Washington’s Skokomish watershed. Over the years, logging and roads have caused excess sediment to wash into the river, degrading fish habitat and clogging the river channel with gravel.

  • In a recent post I explained what natural resources adaptation is, and why it is a critical component of any complete strategy for addressing climate change. From your favorite critter or camping spot to the safety of our communities and health of generations to come, helping ecosystems remain resilient in a warming world is the other half of the climate equation (the first half being reducing dangerous heat-trapping pollution immediately).

  • The Wilderness Society is helping to lead an effort to add one of Northern California’s incredible and most biologically diverse landscapes to the National Landscape Conservation System.

    Located less than 100 miles from the Bay Area and Sacramento, the proposed Berryessa — Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is a dazzling outdoor wonderland, rich in natural features and recreational opportunities such as hiking, riding, kayaking, hunting, fishing and bird watching.

  • 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.

  • What do the Indigo Girls, Adele, and Death Cab for Cutie all have in common?

    They all recently turned up at the studios of Seattle’s The Mountain radio station (103.7 FM) to support The Wilderness Society.

  • What do our public lands mean to you? For many they are a place to recreate. Others go to find solace from the stresses of life, while some people identify public lands as their workplace. Although we may have different reasons for heading out to these lands, we all share one commonality: we all own them and have a stake in making sure that these lands remain healthy and accessible for future generations.