One of the great challenges facing our nation today is our transition to clean, green renewable energy and away from dirty fossil fuels. In California, we are seeing promising signs of this progress with two solar projects approved today by the federal government.
When one person says something, it can often be overlooked — when 50,000 people say something, well, then everyone listens.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listening. In late September they announced they will conduct a wilderness review for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This review is the first step to getting a full presidential recommendation to Congress that the Arctic Refuge be permanently protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Last month, I had the pleasure of joining a group of Wilderness Society friends and supporters on a four day trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. I can think of no better way to have kicked off National Wilderness Month than spending it with fellow wilderness lovers rafting one of the wildest and most pristine rivers in the United States, all the while surrounded by 2.3 million acres of designated Wilderness in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.
On a busy Saturday in the small southern New Mexico town of Alamogordo, nearly 100 residents gathered at a public forum hosted by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. The topic of conversation was about how permanent protection for the nearby desert grassland Otero Mesa could render economic benefits to nearby counties.
The community discussion was a great opportunity for many of us to learn more about the benefits to local communities that comes from activities like hunting, birding, and hiking.
The Skokomish River watershed in Washington's Olympic National Forest is on the mend. A note of thanks should go to Congressman Norm Dicks for helping to make it so.
Earlier this month, the Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative honored Dicks for championing efforts to restore Washington’s forests and protect clean water sources as part of the Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation Program. I was asked to speak about how increased congressional funding for the program has benefited the Skokomish watershed.
Despite its remote position on the northern-most edge of the United States, Alaska’s Western Arctic Reserve is a bustling place where busy populations of migrating birds, waterfowl and other wildlife thrive.It is the kingdom of the King Eiders, a dramatically feathered Arctic duck species that flocks in mass to the area’s wetlands every year to breed. Unfortunately, the oil and gas industry has its sights set on this once well-established empire near the Arctic coast.