• The Wilderness Society's BLM Action Center presents the annual CAPE Awards to  the Bureau of Land Management for achieving meaningful protections for public lands. The new administration took some important steps for wildlands conservation this year and we’re excited to count down the BLM's top ten accomplishments of 2009.

    Here they are, in order (5 CAPEs is the highest ranking, l the lowest):

  • It took eight years of negotiations, but finally Idaho’s magnificent Owyhee Canyonlands are permanently protected as Wilderness. Explore the splendor of the magical Owyhee Canyonlands in our Wilderness Magazine piece below. And to read more great articles like this one, join The Wilderness Society today and get Wilderness Magazine as a benefit of membership.

  • What happened in Copenhagen? Was it unprecedented progress (Barack Obama) or a disappointing failure (Gordon Brown)?

    Let’s break it down.

    Question: What was unprecedented about Copenhagen?

  • Want to help protect and preserve wild lands and wild life? Sign up for free WildAlerts from The Wilderness Society and receive e-mail action alerts that make it easy for you to impact national and local conservation decisions.

  • A land filled with breathtaking vistas, Utah’s Red Rock country is world-renowned for its beauty, solitude, and ancient cliff dwellings and rock art.

    But this unparalleled wild place — and other such places throughout the West — could be destroyed by uncontrolled oil and gas drilling unless new policies are put in place to permanently protect it.

  • The winter season at the world’s first national park has begun, and thanks to recent snowstorms, anyone dreaming of a white Christmas should be able to find it at Yellowstone.

    This time of year can be especially peaceful — at least if you manage to steer clear of the snowmobiles that roar through this national park (and nearby Grand Teton National Park).

  • David MoultonWith the arrival of President Obama, the Copenhagen climate talks approach a  dramatic climax.

    On Thursday Secretary of State Clinton breathed new life into the talks by joining with other developed countries in helping to raise the funding needed to prevent destruction of the world's forests, to adapt to global warming, and to deploy clean technology.

  • Soon after the youngsters and I reached the top of the mountain, an elder who had been hunting caribou stopped by. The kids quickly settled down. “I just saw three caribou,” the elder said. “They were the first I’ve seen this season. In the old days there would be so many here by this time. But there are fewer and fewer each year.”

  • David MoultonToday the U.S. delegation here in Copenhagen continued with a sustained and impressive charm offensive as ministers and heads of state began arriving. Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled make it to the Bella Center, followed on Friday by President Obama himself.

  • In November, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the agency is “conducting a comprehensive review of our onshore programs to find out how we can make them more efficient and more rational.” Now is the perfect time for the Secretary to step back and examine the BLM oil and gas program to ensure it allows for the development, conservation and protection of all of the resources BLM is entrusted to manage; not just the oil and gas resources but clean air and water, healthy w