The National Journal recently asked nine opinion leaders what's at stake for the environment as Washington's budget cuts, aka sequestration, go into effect. Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams weighed in.
As of March 1, cuts – known as sequestration – will be affecting every federal agency, including the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service and other environmental agencies.
Think your favorite recreation spot is protected from oil and gas drilling? Not necessarily. In fact, all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing, except for areas specially designated as “Wilderness.”
Every time you escape into wilderness, you will likely spend money on outdoor goods and services. If you're not dropping bucks on things like gear and equipment, there's a good chance you're spending money at local businesses, outfitters or lodging near outdoor recreation areas.