• Today, the 111th Congress introduced its first bill that would tackle the challenge of global warming. Efforts to pass global warming legislation during President George W. Bush's two terms focused almost exclusively on the Senate, to no avail. Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) hope to break this stalemate and today’s effort marks the beginning of an approach that has broad support across the nation and within Congress.

    We strongly support this legislative effort and commented on it here.

  • Democracy, sweet democracy. How blessed are we Americans that it doesn’t take a street full of burning tires to get the government’s attention.

    So entrenched is our glorious democracy that even the federal government cannot finalize decisions about how to use our lands and our waters without first consulting us citizens. That’s how it works in theory — though I can think of one recent administration, (starts with a ‘B’, ends with an ‘h’) that could have used a little flaming rubber in this regard.

  • Great news! The largest land conservation bill in decades has finally become law! After a long awaited victory in Congress, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act into law Monday, March 30. Read Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows’ March 25 blog celebrating the victory below.

    This a tremendous day for wilderness and for all who cherish our public lands.

  • It’s a long airplane flight from Baltimore to northern Alaska. But what if you were a tundra swan? This time of year, these birds head off from their wintering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay, flying about 4,000 miles to their breeding grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other spots across Alaska’s Arctic coastline.

    Typically, they fly through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, stopping at national wildlife refuges and other suitable spots.

  • The Wilderness Society is pulling out all the stops to protect Arctic animals from the negative impacts of oil and gas development.

    Please support our efforts to protect these animals by becoming a member of The Wilderness Society right now. By becoming one of 2,500 new and renewed members by March 30, you'll help us further our work to convince the Minerals Management Service to halt oil and gas leases in Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska's norhtern coast.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has sent a proposal to the White House that could lay the groundwork for regulating greenhouse gas pollutants that cause climate change.

    The EPA’s March 20 proposal is significant because it states that global warming is endangering the public's health and welfare, a reversal of the Bush administration’s landmark decisions to reject scientific and technical recommendations in favor of further public comment on the threat posed by global warming pollution.

  • I didn’t know squat about environmental issues when an oil tanker captain crashed the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska 20 years ago. I was in college at the University of Georgia at the time and the seminal moments of my life then were determined by the quality of the dates I got and by the points I scored in our daily intramural basketball games.

  • When the Exxon Valdez ran aground twenty years ago, our Alaska Regional Director Eleanor Huffines immediately left her studies at the University of North Carolina and headed to Alaska to help clean beaches and oiled wildlife in Prince William Sound. She returned to Alaska every summer thereafter to help.

  • Conservation organizations like ours love to ask supporters to contact their congressmen to vote yes on all kinds of bills. But, the truth is that a lot of federal legislation doesn’t easily fire people up.

    We’ve got a bill for you that does just that and it’s about, well, wildfires. We need your help to get Congress to pass this bill. The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday, March 25.

    What’s the problem?

  • After last week’s whopping blow to wilderness legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, a historic wilderness bill is back on track.

    The Omnibus Public Land Management Act was reintroduced in the Senate after a razor-close vote failed to secure its passage in the House on March 11. The legislation passed the Senate March 19, clearing perhaps the most significant hurdle to protecting some of the country’s most cherished landscapes. The vote was 77-20 in favor of the bill.