In November, we told you about sweeping environmental roll-backs the Bush administration is rushing through in its final months in office. Since then, and just as expected, the news has not been good.
In the short weeks since the presidential election, the administration has finalized numerous land management plans, regulations and policy changes that could severely damage our wild lands for decades to come.
Sen. Ken Salazar, President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Interior, has been a bridge-building environmental leader in Colorado for over a decade and a personally committed land steward before that. He understands the land, water, and people of the west and the intricate connections among those key features of our natural and social landscape.
In an attempt to halt the Bush Administration’s eleventh-hour plundering of Utah’s iconic redrock canyon country, The Wilderness Society on Dec. 17 joined six other conservation groups in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the administration’s upcoming oil and natural gas lease sale.
President-elect Barack Obama announced Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., as his appointee to lead his administration's Department of the Interior on Dec. 17, noting that his nominee brings an “abiding commitment to this land that we love.”
If you’re a reporter covering energy, climate change, forest and land management, or other environmental issues relating to public lands, The Wilderness Society can help provide solid scientific background for your stories. We have a large staff of ecologists, economists, and other scientists, and we publish an occasional tip sheet to let you know about the most interesting new research from the TWS science team, and to help you get in touch with our staff scientists to learn more about their work.
President-elect Barack Obama announced key appointees to lead his administration's energy and environment team on Dec. 15, pledging a recommitment to sound science in solving critical issues at the intersection of economic, energy, and global warming policy.
The Wilderness Society's president, Bill Meadows, praised the selection of Steven Chu, Carol Browner, Lisa Jackson, and Nancy Sutley to lead America toward a greener future, noting that "for years our energy and environmental policy has produced pollution that lasts; now is the time to produce solutions that last.”
The outgoing Bush Administration dropped another last-minute bomb on environmental protections this week. Who took the hit this time? The Endangered Species Act.
On Dec. 11, the Department of Interior announced its decision to approve regulatory changes that will allow government agencies to fast-track decisions about projects that could harm threatened and endangered species.
In October, you heard us talking a great deal about a historic piece of conservation legislation that was poised for passage.
The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act included 15 separate wilderness bills totaling nearly two million acres across eight states. This would have been the largest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in nearly 15 years.
However, the legislation never made it to the floor during the 110th Congress.