In the course of working here at The Wilderness Society I find myself on the road quite a lot. It's a joy to see the country, especially the wilderness and wild places we work so hard to protect. It is also a pleasure to meet so many other Americans that support our efforts and otherwise join together to help wildlands.
We all have ways of expressing our passion for the outdoors. And once in a while I or my staff or others around The Wilderness Society come across a great book - one worth sharing. That is why I would like to introduce the Books of Note section of our blog and kick it off with a great compilation of writings from a great amateur naturalist, Marion Dusoir Ennes, called Nature's Way - Observations of a Good Earthkeeper.
As I shivered in the cold on our nation's front porch last Tuesday with millions of other Americans at President Obama's inauguration, I could not help but feel warm. For the first time in my adult life, one of our elected leaders had issued a call for each of us to do more. Echoing the words President John F. Kennedy once spoke to my parents’ generation, President Obama noted that our citizenship is more than just a privilege but also a great responsibility.
People often think my job as an economist means I never look up from the numbers on my computer screen. Not so — I'm all about scenery — it's the reason I became an economist in the first place. And with all the talk in the news about the Omnibus Public Land bill , I thought it would be good to talk about the economic side of wildlands.
For the past eight years, The Wilderness Society and other conservationists have fought constantly to protect America’s natural treasures from an administration more interested in promoting commercial development of them.
With Congress back in session, our staff and policy experts have been working with members of the presidential transition team and with members of Congress to advise them on steps they can quickly take to right many of the environmental wrongs of the past eight years.
To help educate new members of Congress on the nation’s public land management system, our staff is busy delivering our new briefing book to Capitol Hill. The book contains sections on a wide variety of important land management issues from energy development to global warming.
Working with a coalition of over 50 environmental and public health groups, The Wilderness Society has scored a victory in the fight to cut greenhouse gases.
In early December, the state of California approved the nation’s most sweeping plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, a plan that The Wilderness Society has been involved in developing over the past 2 years.
The Wilderness Society has presented its annual Congressional briefing book to members of the 111th Congress. In it we have outlined what we believe to be the most important federal land management issues for the new Congress, as well as substantial background material on our National Forests, National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The book contains the kind of information and analysis that Members of Congress and land-management professionals have come to rely on from us.
Two law suits filed in the U.S. District Court of Colorado would put the brakes on Bush-era regulations and land management plans to fast-track development of oil shale, a dirty fossil fuel that threatens water resources, communities and wildlife in the West. Oil shale development would also contribute to climate change.