I spent a recent Friday afternoon uncharacteristically dressed in a jacket and tie, sitting in a court room, not particularly focused on what was being said. I found my mind wandering back to remember some of Idaho’s spectacular backcountry that I’d hiked this summer. It was the fate of much of that backcountry that was being debated by attorneys in that courtroom.
A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (which oversees the Forest Service) confirms that America’s forests are trapping and storing billions of tons of carbon pollution – and increases in forest restoration have trapped emissions equivalent to taking 135 million cars off the highways.
A University of Montana study about the connection between logging and wildfires ratifies what many firefighters have long held as a truism: In Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, fires tend to be hotter and nastier on logged ground than in unlogged forests.
It’s not every day that The Wilderness Society gets to speak on air for 30 minutes about the heart and soul of why our work matters. Treehuggers International recently gave us exactly that opportunity – airing an interview with senior resource analyst Mike Anderson in our Seattle office about the importance of our roadless forests.
You know an issue has attained universal support when rocker Bono gets involved. The U2 frontman recently performed a concert in Moscow, where Bono pledged his support to environmentalists trying to stop the Russian government from building a highway that would destroy the roadless Khimki Forest.
Pop the cork on the champagne — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has given The Wilderness Society another reason to celebrate. Thanks to a secretarial decision announced on Aug. 13, communities in nine states will soon see more jobs, healthier forests, clean water and more abundant wildlife.
This weekend, hundreds of young people from across the United States will travel to New York to attend Outdoor Nation – a national youth conservation summit and festival in Central Park. The mission is to “unite young people from across the country with a common mission: to champion the outdoors and start a youth-driven movement.”
It didn’t make much news in light of the Gulf Coast oil spill and thwarted terror plot in New York City, but citizens across the U.S. accomplished something important over the past six weeks: They got involved in a federal decision making process and told Obama administration they want greater protection for our national forests.