• Those following the energy industry over the past several years, including during the Bush Administration, are familiar with the close relationship between the industry and federal government agencies. This relationship has come under the microscope since the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began in April. Since then, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar broke apart the highly-criticized Minerals Management Service that oversees offshore drilling.

  • Stretching 150 miles, the barrier islands and coastal mainland that make up the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi and Florida are an immense playground for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide a nesting home for four out of seven species of sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins. And intensely white sand beaches provide ample room for wandering wild coastline.

  • “The thing that surprised me the most is how really connected I became to the North Cascades. How deeply I began to care about my surroundings being there for a whole month. It was all a new experience for me,” said Laura Humes, a 16 year old who lives in Seattle, Washington and took part in a month-long study program at North Cascades National Park last summer.

  • Thanks to the foresight of previous generations, America has a public lands system unequalled any place else in the world.

    But our nation is losing open space at the rate of 5,000 acres a day, many areas need restoring, and a growing population puts pressure on the public lands we hold so dear.