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  • In a ceremony little noticed outside of central Florida, the state’s historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and surrounding mangroves were formally dedicated last month as part of the National Landscape Conservation System, which is the Bureau of Land Management’s version of the National Park System.

  • This feature was first published in the 2008 Wilderness Magazine. To receive the annual magazine and quarterly newsletters from The Wilderness Society, become a member today!

    Christopher Percy Collier is a Connecticut writer who has authored three regional guidebooks and has had stories published by National Geographic Traveler, Outside, and numerous other magazines.


    By Christopher Percy Collier

  • The Bush administration last week broke free of an often-used practice that places someone in a position largely for the purpose of undermining the mission of it. That has been especially true in regards to the environment. But the old dog performed a nice new trick when Bush’s Department of Agriculture named U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Sally Collins to its new Office of Ecosystems and Markets.

  • Their populations have been ravaged, their lambs taken by disease. But now, after decades of decline, Idaho’s hammered bighorn populations could have a chance of making a comeback.

    Today, only about 2,000 bighorn sheep still live in Idaho, a miniscule number compared to the tens of thousands of bighorn that once lived in the state’s rugged hills and rocky crags.

    “Right now they’re quite a treat to see because there aren’t that many around,” said Craig Gehrke, The Wilderness Society’s Regional Director in Idaho.

  • The economy is in deep decline. The environment needs serious help. Could it be time for the nation to revive Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps with a new 21st Century mission?

  • Moments after I showed up for my first day on the job as a communications director at The Wilderness Society last year, my boss casually mentioned that I would be responsible for promoting the idea that wildfires aren’t always bad.

    Images of flames scorching my hometown, Atlanta, raced through my head: We have a rather unique history with fire and are a bit sensitive about the subject.

    “Um, what was that you said?,” I asked, looking down at all the paperwork I had just signed and wondering if I had an escape clause available.

  • Our Web team has shared some thoughts about some special wild places that deserve a word of thanks. Read and enjoy. Then leave a place of your own! Click “add new comment” below to share the place that you cherish most.

  • The Bush administration squandered a massive opportunity and possibly set us years back when it issued its Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) today for energy corridors that will criss-cross our Western public lands carrying electricity, oil and gas. As outlined in the new plan, the corridors transportservice only fossil fuel sources such as coal, and leavinge renewable energy sources—like wind and solar—completely out of the picture.

  • Right now, visitors can carry a gun in a National Park as long as it is unloaded and stored. These are the rules that many Americans have been following for decades. So, if you hunt in a National Forest and cross into a park, that is how you have proceeded.

    This year, the Bush Administration announced its intent to change these rules. It should not surprise anyone to know that the administration is altering the rules without any analysis of how this might affect visitors and wildlife.

  • The redrock canyon-riddled sandstone badlands of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is host to more than one million acres of rugged wild country. Few signs of modern humans can be found. Hiking through these spectacular wildlands, I have experienced the wildness that makes this region a perfect escape from the flurry of city life.

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