• Climate trio Kerry-Graham-Lieberman have recently held a series of meetings with various interest groups — including those representing industry, such as the American Petroleum Institute (API). Several reports about the KGL-API et al meeting initially conveyed that API was conditionally supporting the initial framework presented by the senators, which included a tri-part approach to pricing carbon as well as some ideas for how to invest revenues generated through pollution permits and a carbon fuel fee.

  • Liz Claiborne was best known for dressing the nation’s career women in smart, practical clothing, but behind her fashion was a deep, perhaps lesser-known, passion — environmental conservation.

    Perhaps no one is better positioned to tell the story of Claiborne’s life than her husband Art Ortenberg, who has done so lovingly in his new book Liz Claiborne: The Legend, The Woman.

  • As the Obama administration sets out to determine the future for the 193-million-acre National Forest System, a coalition of conservation organizations is calling on people to make their voices heard. They’ll get that chance from March 29 through May 12 when the U.S. Forest Service hosts a series of roundtable discussions with citizens across the country to determine how the forests are managed for generations.

  • Each year an estimated 180 million visitors recreate on national forests and grasslands. In order to serve the needs of these millions of people, the Forest Service manages an existing investment of approximately $4.1 billion in outdoor recreation infrastructure. Recreation is also a key economic driver, representing an estimated 60% of the national forest service’s total contribution to the United States gross domestic product (GDP) — significantly more than logging and other resource extraction activities combined.

  • I recently busted the myth that environmental organizations are to blame for the fact that the Forest Service doesn’t accomplish more work that prevents fires. Law suits by such groups do not cause backlogs on these projects, a report from the GAO made clear.

    That lawsuit stuff was a bunch of spin. But talk to most fire ecologists and fire managers and they will tell you there are serious problems with wildfires. They’ll also say that we do lack sufficient fuel treatment to protect communities and forests.

  • Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (this April 22), a new Web site offers an unprecedented look at the inspiring history behind Earth Day and its father, the late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.

  • One of the great voices of conservation has passed away. Stewart Udall, who  served in Congress and as Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, died last weekend at the age of 90.

  • Wilderness supporters celebrated Thursday as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 1769 / S. 721) got one step closer to reality after House passage of the bill. The measure would protect an additional 22,000 acres of wilderness adjoining Washington state’s existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and would add 10 miles of the Pratt River and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the National Wild and Scenic River System.

  • The deadline for the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship - March 31, 2010 - is fast approaching.

    This $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduate student for the coming academic year to support research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness.

  • If Highway 1 in California is considered one of the world’s most scenic drives, then the section through Big Sur and the Santa Lucia Mountains offers some of its most memorable vistas.

    The Big Sur Coast — home to sheer cliffs that drop hundreds of feet to the pounding surf below, majestic Santa Lucia Firs, rushing pristine rivers, and quiet spiritual retreats — may soon gain more protection with legislation by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel).