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Protecting Lousiana's Public Lands a Sure Path to Prosperity

John Arensmeyer | Posted 07.22.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.