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As much as 700,000 acres in and adjacent to the new designated wildernesses could possibly be retired from livestock grazing-

Many people are celebrating the establishment of the three new wilderness areas in the Boulder and White Clouds mountains of south central Idaho.  About 275,000 acres of very scenic mountain ridges with alpine and sub-alpine lakes […]

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Wilderness in the Boulder and White Clouds mountains after 40 years of trying!

Yesterday the U.S. Senate, just like the U.S. House did earlier this summer, passed a 275,000 acre wilderness bill for the scenic Boulder and White Clouds mountains. They rise on the east side of the famous Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho.  Of […]

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Western Watersheds Project

Lander, WY – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has revised the state’s water quality standards on 76 percent of the state’s stream mileage to allow five times more fecal coliform bacteria in the water. The new standards allow 630 colony-forming units of Escherichia coli (“E. coli”) per 100 […]

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Hope you can join us on August 7-9, 2015 at the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana for Speak for Wolves! Friday August 7
6:00pm doors open with music by Neil Haverstick.
7:00pm Screening of OR-7 the Journey with filmmaker […]

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One of the justifications for logging by the Forest Service around the West is the idea that fire suppression has led to fewer fires, and thus greater fuel build up than historically occurred. Therefore, mechanically reducing fuels—i.e. logging—is reasonable because otherwise we will see large wildfires.

 

However, both assumptions—namely there is fuel build up […]

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Republican congressionals advance bill that bars public review and lawsuits over logging in our national forests-

One version, Resilient Federal Forests Act, has passed the House and now the U. S. Senate takes up legislation that supporters, overwhelmingly Republican, say will reduce catastrophic wildfires and “streamline” environmental review of logging projects. The legislation will also […]

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Recently GOP Presidential Candidate Scott Walker suggested he might be ready to begin war on his first day of office, presumably against Iran.  Walker’s bellicose chest-beating is in response to the recent agreement the Obama administration brokered with Iran to limit its nuclear capabilities.

But Walker’s rhetoric also demonstrates a failure to understand what really […]

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Huge Nevada monument riles Republican extremists-

President Obama has added over a million acres to the national parks system by designating three new national monuments on U.S. public lands.  They are in Texas, California, and  Nevada.

They are Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, 331,000 acres in Northern California,  Continue Reading

The following is commentary from Phil Cafaro, professor at Colorado State University that are germane to all of us who value wildlands, wildlife and a functioning environment. Below are portions of the Pope Francis speech and Phil’s commentary in italics.

Dear Colleagues,

There is a lot to chew on in the Pope’s encyclical letter, released […]

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America’s most fundamental wildlife treaty strangled of funding in House with a voice vote!

South Carolina’s Republican congressman Jeff Duncan decided to do a little something special for his favorite constituents. That is not the people in his district. It is the oil companies.

As part of his “True ‘All of the Above Approach […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey