The Wilderness Society is celebrating a big anniversary in 2010: our 75th. Anniversaries are a great time to look back and gain perspective on just how far we have come — even as we look forward to a future bright with possibilities.
After Wilderness Society members sent thousands of letters and emails to Congress, U.S. lawmakers have insisted the Forest Service not abandon its duty of protecting vulnerable wild lands recommended for Wilderness designation.
On Feb. 15 we celebrate the lives of two American Presidents who embody the American spirit. Surprisingly, a foray into the Great Outdoors on your day off will honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s legacies as much as a trip to a museum.
Though as surveyors, both presidents focused on exploring and settling wild lands rather than protecting them, Washington and Lincoln demonstrated a similar emotional connection toward wilderness that conservationists feel today.
Valentines Day. Roses, chocolates, red frilly doilies, wine and dinner out. Eh hem...Yawn... Booooooring.
Listen up, lovebirds. As much as everyone appreciates a week’s worth of calories packed in a cardboard box, when it comes to romance there’s nothing in the greeting-card store that beats a quiet outing in nature.
So ask yourself, are you going to do the same predictable thing that you’ve done year after year, or are you going to be a Valentine’s champ and take your sweetie to some place truly memorable?
And Gordon Hempton decided to do something about it. He has spent the past 30 years traveling around to quantify the racket. As Newsweek reported in a story about Hempton last week, the audio ecologist claims that, during daytime, the average noise-free interval in wilderness areas has shrunk to less than five minutes. And according to Newsweek: