• The outgoing Bush Administration dropped another last-minute bomb on environmental protections this week. Who took the hit this time? The Endangered Species Act.

    On Dec. 11, the Department of Interior announced its decision to approve regulatory changes that will allow government agencies to fast-track decisions about projects that could harm threatened and endangered species.

  • In October, you heard us talking a great deal about a historic piece of conservation legislation that was poised for passage.

    The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act included 15 separate wilderness bills totaling nearly two million acres across eight states. This would have been the largest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in nearly 15 years.

    However, the legislation never made it to the floor during the 110th Congress.

  • 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?

  • The Wilderness Society joined six other environmental organizations (National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, National Wildlife Federation, and the Land Trust Alliance) in presenting an economic stimulus proposal of “Gree

  • Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows has joined a list of prominent environment “insiders” who’ve been invited to blog for the new online Energy and Environment blog launched by the National Journal. Reporter Margaret Kriz regularly poses questions to the group and invites their responses on the hottest energy and environment issues in the news. Bill adds his voice to a wide-ranging mix of opinions of a bipartisan group of Senators and U.S.

  • Will the Bureau of Land Management listen to more than 1 million Americans  and halt its plan to lease some of the Utah canyon country’s most pristine and spectacular wildlands?

    The BLM ignored conservation groups in the fall when they protested the agency’s plans to open much of the canyon country to energy development as part of new management plans that govern public land in eastern Utah.

  • You may have already read something that hit the news this week about a federal judge restricting protection for roadless forests to only nine states. The legal back and forth that has gone on since President George Bush took office can be pretty confusing. Here are the basics of what happened and why it matters:

  • The Wilderness Society has generated some ink and electrons by responding to a federal judge’s decision that potentially exposes 13.6 million acres of roadless forests in 29 states to exploitation. Most recently, “The Hill”, a highly influential publication in Washington, DC, asked us to write a post on its blog to explain what the ruling means to us and what we think should happen next.

  • 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.

  • As you ponder the stresses of another frenzied holiday shopping season, consider this: The time you spend at the mall could be used instead to create wilderness-friendly holiday traditions that are both kind to Mother Nature and enriching to your family.

    Giving the gift of quality time in nature and creating family traditions that focus on preservation of our earth can be as lovely a present as anything out of a box. Better yet, such gifts last for life when you consider the long-lasting memories they create.