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Latest Assault on Public Lands an Affront to the Public

Ann Morgan | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

Citizens want to continue the proud American tradition of investing in the wildlife, open spaces, remote spots, clean air and fresh water that make this country stand out among other industrialized nations.

Why Do House Republicans Want to Prevent New Parks?

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Garett Reppenhagen

When did protecting our national heritage become a partisan issue? House Republicans, this month, are seeking to curtail the president's ability to protect our nation's rich military and cultural heritage.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican-backed bill that would make it more difficult for the president to declare new...

A Victory for the Mendocino Coast

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Jared Huffman

The environment and economy of the North Coast just scored a big victory. Last Tuesday, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting these pristine and breathtaking coastal lands.

Hey Wildlife Lovers: Take Extinction Off Your Plate

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

The carbon footprint of meat production is more than just a big number. For polar bears, it's a factor in whether or not they'll live to see the end of this century.

Protecting Pristine Lands for Future Generations

Dan Chu | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

Last week my wife and I drove up the legendary Highway One on the California coast. Our destination was somewhere about 100 miles north of San Francisco, planted on the windswept bluffs perched above the ocean.

Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

A 2012 study by 50 scientists and policy experts from around the world estimates that climate disruption kills nearly 1,000 children every day. Trees are our climate saviors, and it takes decades or centuries -- time we don't have -- to recover from the mistake of cutting them down.

Trusting the President on Climate Change and Public Lands

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

I applaud the president's initiative to "set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air." But just how much real progress has yet been made is debatable.

Obama Must Do What Congress Won't: Protect Our Iconic Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Ann Morgan

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he would use his authority to protect more pristine federal lands. This was a welcome statement given Congress' failure to protect these important public lands.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Praises 'All-Of-The-Above' Energy Strategy | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- In his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama celebrated the efforts his administration has made to cut gre...

Kate Sheppard

Democrats Push Interior Department To Take Action, Protect New Land | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– A group of 109 Democratic House members is urging the Obama administration to use its executive authority to protect new public land. ...

Local Veterans and Senators Support Proposed Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Mark Starr | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Mark Starr

They do a lot of things well in New Mexico. It is truly a Land of Enchantment. However, one area to address is the protection of significant historical sites and artifacts within the state's borders.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

U.S. Public Lands Now Emit More CO2 Than They Can Possibly Absorb, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Brianna Elliott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Oil and gas drilling on public lands in the United States creates 4.5 times more carbon dioxide than that land can possibly absorb as carbon sinks, ac...

Poll Finds Strong Support for Conservation Funding and the Protection of Public Lands Among Western Veterans

Mark Starr | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Mark Starr

Seeing these numbers on paper only reminds us of the connection veterans share with the outdoors and those in our community who see protecting our natural treasures as a patriotic duty.

Energy Bills Would Limit the 'Public' in Our Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

What happened to the concern for the lands that belong to all Americans?

Secretary Jewell to Congress: Protect Our Lands -- Or President Obama Will

Gene Karpinski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

Just as the government shutdowns in the 1990s did, this year's shutdown highlighted the extent to which Americans treasure our parks for the recreation they provide and the stories they tell about our society.

Kate Sheppard

Interior Secretary Jewell Dings Congress For Failure To Fund Conservation Work | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In her first big public address since taking office, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a vision for expanding conse...

Let's Be "Smart From the Start" With Solar, Wind on Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 12.30.2013 | Green
Ann Morgan

They're part of what define America's outdoor heritage and fuel our outdoor recreation economy, responsible for about 6.1 million jobs and $646 billion in spending yearly. These same lands, however, also provide some of the best wind and solar resources our county has to offer.

Veterans Join Efforts to Protect Rivers and Wild Lands in the Los Padres National Forest

Mark Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Starr

Like many veterans, Soltz faced some adjustments upon returning to civilian life. Being in the outdoors, especially fishing, has become a big part of his strategy for coping with these challenges. And Soltz found the outdoors readily accessible -- and plenty of good fishing -- in America's public lands.

Kate Sheppard

Enviros Threaten To Sue Over Drilling On Public Lands During Shutdown | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON – An environmental group is upping the pressure on the Department of Interior to end drilling and other activities on national parks and ...

Celebrate National Estuaries Week and National Public Lands Day at a National Park Near You

Theresa Pierno | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

As we celebrate National Estuaries Week andNational Public Lands Day this week, I encourage all of you to join citizens as they gather and volunteer in coastal areas and public lands across the country.

This Land Was Made For You and Me

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 09.26.2013 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

An annual pilgrimage begins this week. Thousands of Americans are excitedly unpacking boxes from Cabelas and Orvis and planning to leave the office ea...

Honor a Great American Legacy by Celebrating National Public Lands Day

Ann Morgan | Posted 11.25.2013 | Denver
Ann Morgan

Not so long ago, there was nothing partisan about conserving our stunning landscapes, protecting our clean air and water, maintaining intact habitat for wildlife and fish and guaranteeing Americans public places to hunt, fish and recreate. According to a recent report, however, that has changed.

Video Contrasts Obama Climate Speech with Planned Coal Leases on Public Lands

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Not only is the U.S. taxpayer getting fleeced by the coal industry in these leases, but reckless auctioning off of public lands for fossil fuel extraction greatly undermines the president's stated commitment to address climate change in the waning days of his second term.