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.
In 2009 you helped us begin to tear down the destructive environmental legacy of the Bush administration. Our members and supporters sent more than 1 million letters to decision makers, while our staff worked closely with the incoming administration and Congress.
This past summer, the Wilderness Society Alaska office and our Native Alaskan partners had reason to celebrate: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to choose the “no action alternative” in its upcoming final decision for the proposed Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge land exchange in Alaska.
With bipartisan support from Oregon’s delegation, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved Oregon’s Molalla River Wild and Scenic bill, which would provide 21 miles of the river with the highest level of federal protection under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
This year is shaping up to be a banner year for environmental policy. The Obama administration is making decisions based on sound science and reason, peeling away actions and policies created in the past administration that significantly weakened environmental protections. The administration is establishing a new hope for our forests and wildlife.
Author Henry Miller once said “Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago… this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.” New legislation introduced last week could help protect this iconic California coastal landscape. The Wilderness Society and our partners, including the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, celebrated the introduction of the measure aimed to protect some of Big Sur’s irreplaceable natural treasures.
Aldo Leopold, co-founder of The Wilderness Society and a preeminent voice in the conservation world defined wilderness as “a continuous stretch of country preserved in its natural state, open to lawful hunting and fishing, big enough to absorb a two week’s [horse] pack trip.” In his most famous book, A Sand County Almanac, he provided two examples of “primitive skills in pioneering travel…”one of these is canoe travel, and the other is travel by packtrain.”
Of the 50 states, South Carolina is not one often associated with land preservation. But that’s not the case this fall. A bill passed by Congress in October has granted part of the funding to expand the state’s only national park and the home of the nation’s largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest.