On Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, a hard-working restoration collaborative group, the Skokomish Watershed Action Team, has made great strides by bringing together very diverse interests — including Forest Service representatives, Congressman Norm Dicks and other government officials, Skokomish tribe members, construction and timber companies, local landowners, and environmental groups — to focus on ecological restoration in one of the Northwest’s most troubled watersheds.
Listen up everyone. We’re about to explore some beautiful but seriously rugged territory. Before we get out of the Virtual OmniBUS here in Idaho, I must stress that you follow today’s guide, John McCarthy, VERY closely. We’re going to hike through the Owyhee Canyonlands. Do not leave John’s sight. When we get back, let’s all take a moment to post comments that convey what we would like to say to Congress about the need to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.
All aboard! Our Virtual OmniBUS Tour ’09 has pulled in to its first stop — the Pasayten Wilderness in Washington. Watch your step as you exit the bus, and keep your eyes trained on the forest for something big and brown. Andrea Imler will lead today’s leg — post a comment when we get back and let her know what thoughts this stop brings to your mind.
Washington is abuzz right now with talk of how the new Obama administration can undo some of the environmental damage done by their predecessors in the White House. There’s so much to be done, and everyone’s asking where to start.
People around the world are familiar with the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon and its artistic carver, the Colorado River. Of much lesser fame is the area directly north of the canyon within the watershed of the river known as the Arizona Strip, which is federal public land managed mostly by the Bureau of Land Management.
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.