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Oct 06, 2021

We Need Big Holistic Wilderness

By Howie Wolke

 

Back in the 1980’s, Dave Foreman and I compiled The Big Outside, A Descriptive Inventory of the Remaining Big Wilderness Areas of the United States (Harmony Books, 1989). The primary purpose was to accurately depict the true extent of each large roadless area in the contiguous 48 states, defining “large” as 100,000 acres or more in the West, with a 50,000 acre minimum for the East. We defined roadless areas as physical entities delineated by the location of roads and other intrusions that actually interrupt the flow of wildness.

 

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Dana blog
Sep 02, 2021

Wilderness for its own sake

By Roy (Monte) High

 

Over the years I’ve heard numerous people disparage the designation of wilderness areas by speaking on behalf of people with disabilities. They say that wilderness areas are unfair to the disabled because there are no roads allowed to take them there. I’ve heard it said that the designation of wilderness areas is like a slap to the face of the disabled population. As a person with a disability, I wholeheartedly disagree.

 

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Jun 29, 2021

Ending La Luz run safeguards wilderness

By Kevin Proescholdt
 
The recent decision by Forest Service District Ranger Crystal Powell to deny the permit to run the La Luz Trail Run race through the Sandia Mountain Wilderness may be understandably unpopular with some runners and race organizers (“La Luz race hits end of trail as Forest Service denies permit,” Albuquerque Journal, May 15). But this decision is the proper one to protect the wilderness character of this iconic area.

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May 03, 2021

Wilderness and the Value of Doing Nothing

By Dana Johnson

 

Along the high-elevation, wind-swept ridges of the West, a long-lived, gnarly-branched pine is in trouble. A species of stone pine known for its high stress tolerance and adaptability, whitebark pine is slow-growing and can live between 500–1,000 years. Lacking wings for wind-dispersal, its calorie-dense seeds are spread primarily by Clark’s Nutcracker, a member of the crow family with a specialized bill for extracting large seeds from pinecones and a pouch under its tongue for stashing and carrying seeds long distance. Those seeds are a prized food source for a range of species, including the imperiled grizzly bear. 

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Mar 29, 2021

Wilderness: Is it all about us?

By George Nickas

 
A while back I received an email from the founders of a recently established organization that was created out of a concern for the “wilderness visitor.” They wrote to challenge Wilderness Watch’s long-time insistence that the fundamental mandate in the Wilderness Act requires managers to—first and foremost—protect each area’s wilderness character. They claim WW’s position misinterprets the law, has incorrectly shaped the views of much of the conservation community and, to the degree we influence the federal agencies, caused them to protect Wilderness from the people.

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Dana blog
Jan 25, 2021

Thirty by Thirty and Half Earth: Promises and Pitfalls

By Howie Wolke

 

In 2016, legendary ecologist Edward O. Wilson published Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. In this remarkable book, Wilson documents the ongoing anthropogenic planet-wide biological meltdown, the greatest extinction event since a meteor crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, about 60 million years ago. As a remedy, Wilson argues for protecting half of the Earth’s terrestrial acreage as inviolate nature reserves.

 

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Apr 14, 2020

A Legal Win for the River of No Return Wilderness and a Call to Protect Wolves and Wilderness

By Dana Johnson

 

You might recall that in January 2016, the U.S. Forest Service authorized Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to make 120 helicopter landings in the River of No Return Wilderness to place radio telemetry collars on 60 elk, despite the Wilderness Act’s clear prohibition on motorized intrusions and its directive to preserve an untrammeled Wilderness. To our knowledge, this was the most extensive helicopter intrusion in Wilderness that has ever been authorized. 

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Mar 16, 2020

What's all the buzz in the Boundary Waters?

By Dana Johnson

 

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is located within the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and stretches over 115 miles along the Minnesota-Ontario border. The Wilderness, along with Canada’s adjoining Quetico Provincial Park, protects a complex ecosystem of nearly 3,000 glacial lakes connected by a vast, meandering network of streams and portages.

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Feb 06, 2020

Let's Protect our Nation's Largest Wilderness Study Area

By Kevin Proescholdt

 
At the end of October, Wilderness Watch filed a formal objection to the new Final Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest in response to the Forest Service’s seemingly intentional disregard for protecting the 2 million-acre Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area (WSA) that is part of the Chugach.
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Jan 23, 2020

BLM Plan Would Degrade the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness

By Gary Macfarlane

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft environmental assessment for public input on its proposal to increase visitor use in fragile areas of the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona, most specifically the Wave and Coyote Buttes North. These areas are almost exclusively day use, being only a few miles hike roundtrip.  Read more...

Wilderness Ethics as an Antidote to Climate Change Hubris

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Looking for a Good Alternative for North Cascades Grizzly Recovery

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Why Chainsaws Matter


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Hovercraft Ruling Deals a Major Blow to Land Conservation in Alaska

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The Not So Good Public Lands Omnibus Bill

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The Outlook for Wilderness in Congress

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What’s Wrong with Monitoring Inactive Volcanoes in Wilderness?

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Why Wilderness? It's Irreplaceable

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Wilderness Giant Stewart “Brandy” Brandborg Moves on at 93

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Isle Royale Wolves: I Vote for Nature's Way

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Restraint the Key to Keeping Wilderness Wild

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Giantforte Joins Stealth Attack on Wilderness in Montana

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Bigger is Better


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National Monuments "Review" Threatens Wilderness Too

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Mount Washington Wilderness Protected from Ecological Meddling

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There was no secret deal for mining near the Boundary Waters

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