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Public Lands

A Monument For Los Angeles

Steve Dunwoody | Posted 10.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Dunwoody

Although the San Gabriel Mountains are an integral part of Los Angeles' economy and way of life, these public lands have been in dire need of attention. Graffiti and trash are abundant; restrooms, educational programming and community outreach are insufficient.

Obama Preserves San Gabriel Mountains in LA's Backyard

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.10.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

We get to experience these wild places because previous generations had the wisdom to preserve them. Now it's our turn to do the same for our children and grandchildren.

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument -- The Wild Is Where You Find It

Dan Chu | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Dan Chu

In a wise move, President Obama recently designated about 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, as our country's newest national monument. It's a decision that came as the result of years of collaboration.

Wildlife Killing Contests and the Failure of Government

Travis Bruner | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Travis Bruner

This winter, wildlife in the northern Rocky Mountains will likely be terrorized by a swarm of armed humans elbowing and off-roading each other out of the way in a frenzied race to see who can kill the most animals in 72 hours during Idaho's "Predator Derby."

It Might Not Sound Sexy, But It's the Future of Our Public Lands

Ann Morgan | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

These decisions are crucial to those who live in nearby communities, hunt and fish and camp on public lands, cherish and record the vast archeological resources hidden there, or make their living ranching or outfitting on public lands.

As Oil Booms In Wyoming, So Do Spills

AP | MEAD GRUVER | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An oil boom in Wyoming has a filthy side effect: A string of accidents from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a ref...

Latinos Love Hiking -- Here's Why

Rod Torrez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Rod Torrez

Just over a year ago, The New Republic ran a story with a catchy, but slightly insulting title: "White People Love Hiking. Minorities Don't. Here's Why." Like many other Latinos in the Southwest, I come from a family who, among other things, enjoy hunting and hiking; all activities the sensational title claims minorities "don't" like.

Getting Outside to Heal Inside

Michael Cumming | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Michael Cumming

This is why I joined with more than 200 health and well-being professionals in Utah to send a letter to President Obama asking him to protect Greater Canyonlands to foster a healthy America.

Time for Congress to Join President Obama in Continuing America's Conservation Legacy

Gene Karpinski | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

In the end, we're still faced with a problem: the President can't do it all. He can't re-authorize the LWCF nor can he appropriate it the money it deserves. We need Congress to act on LWCF and pass the dozens of currently-stalled conservation bills.

Protecting Lousiana's Public Lands a Sure Path to Prosperity

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Louisiana's workforce. They account for 97 percent of all businesses in the state and employ more than half of all private sector workers.

It Could Be Worse, It Could Be China

Ellis Richard | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Ellis Richard

There is an open window for smart planning that can go a long way in protecting the values of national parks from damage caused by unplanned or badly planned oil and gas development on neighboring BLM lands. But this window won't remain open long.

Public Lands On The Auction Block? Let's Skip That July 4th Sale

Ann Morgan | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

We should expect more of our elected and appointed officials; we should expect reasoned discussion and an appreciation of our access to our great American legacy of natural resource wealth.

Open Letter to Obama: The Ages Have Been at Work

Taylor Brorby | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Taylor Brorby

This past November I sent you an invitation to visit North Dakota, and it seems you have taken up the offer. As I understand it, you will be visiting the Standing Rock Reservation on June 13. I hope you will consider visiting the Fort Berthold Reservation, what I would call Ground Zero of the Bakken oil boom.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Plans To Designate New Monument, Republicans Plan To Freak Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama plans to announce a new national monument on Wednesday, protecting nearly half a million acres in southern New ...

Government Plans to Kill the Messenger

Travis Bruner | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Travis Bruner

Ravens aren't the problem, and killing them isn't the solution. It would be better to listen to the message ravens bear about unstable ecosystems, and work towards restoration, rather than destroy our wild heritage.

GOP Should Reclaim Its Conservation Roots

Ann Morgan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Ann Morgan

The RNC is clearly on the wrong side of this issue. Surveys show it. Economic reports show it. Public sentiment shows it.

Liberty for Whom?

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

Those public lands where Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his cattle are parks and public lands that belong to every American. And he's profiting while at it -- fattening his cattle for free on our public lands.

Historic Green Mountain Lookout Now Saved

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Brian Turner, San Francisco Field Office Dawn in the Cascades from the summit of Green Mountain Amid the devastation following a landsli...

Kate Sheppard

Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Inte...

Latest Assault on Public Lands an Affront to the Public

Ann Morgan | Posted 05.28.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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.