Some recent news articles about issues we're working on—
Izembek Road Lawsuit:
"Exhaustive studies have shown that a road through the Izembek Wilderness would severely impact wildlife and destroy the wilderness character of one of our nation's most diverse and biologically productive national wildlife refuges."
• Environmental groups sue to block road through Alaska refuge (Washington Post), 1/31
• Zinke Moves to Build Road Through an Alaskan Wilderness Area, 1/31
• Environmental groups sue to block road through Alaska refuge (KTUU), 1/31
Wasatch Wildernesses Mountain Goat Capture/Collaring objection:
"We believe the study can be done in a way that is more compatible with wilderness management. The Forest Service's proposed action is an unnecessary intrusion into some of our most treasured lands that see far too many impacts already."
• Groups say helicopters unnecessary to track big horn, mountain goats, 2/12/18 (A number of other news outlets ran a related story mentioning Wilderness Watch's objection.)
H.R. 1349-Mountain Biking in Wilderness bill:
“Wilderness says there is value beyond us out there...The inherent sense that some places should be left alone, that restraint and respect for nature, is what the human species has to embrace for nature to flourish, and ultimately for humans to flourish, on this planet. We can overrun Wildernesses if we want, but we’ve chosen not to. Building that sense of restraint and respect, having the human species develop that, is essential to the preservation of the world.”
• Keep mountain bikes out of wilderness areas, 1/3 (This editorial also ran in The Missoulian, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Arizona Daily Sun, Napa Valley Register, and on Star2.com.)
• Lawmakers Seek to Unlock Wilderness Areas to Mountain Bikers, 12/21
• Do Bikes Belong in Wilderness Areas?, 12/20
• Cheney: Keep bikes off wilderness lands, 12/20
• Bill would allow mountain biking in wilderness areas, 12/18
• Conservation groups oppose bikes in wilderness, 12/13
• Bikes in Boundary Waters bill passes House committee,12/13 (This also ran in the West Central Tribune, Bemidji Pioneer, and Grand Forks Herald.)
• McClintock steers biking bill as others pump the brakes, 12/8 (E&E News-no web link available.)
• Mountain biking bill to go before Congressional subcommittee, 12/6
• Congress considers allowing bikes, other wheeled devices in wilderness areas, 12/5
Isle Royale Wolf Reintroduction:
"Moose lived and survived and thrived on Isle Royale for several decades, at least, before wolves ever arrived. Once an area is designated as wilderness we humans have to have the humility and restraint to allow those areas to exist and evolve and thrive on their own without imposing human desires on the landscape."
• With a human assist, wolves will return to Isle Royale National Park this year, 6/7/18
• Wolves restoration moves a step closer on Isle Royale, 3/16/18
• Isle Royale likely to get 20-30 wolves over a three-year span, 3/16/18 (This also ran in the Herald Courier, Twin Cities Pioneer, First Coast News.)
• Fading wolf population to be restored at Lake Superior park, 3/16/18 (This also ran online at wtop, wtip, Federal News Radio, ABC News, and Iron Mountain Daily News.)
Pemigewasset Wilderness Thoreau Falls Bridge:
"Wilderness is intended to be protected and managed to preserve its natural conditions, where you have to accept nature entirely on its own terms, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable. Removing the Thoreau Falls Bridge will assure all of us that this opportunity is available, here in the largest wilderness area in the Northeast United States."
Border Wall Impacts:
" In areas such as the Cabeza Prieta Wilderness Refuge on the Arizona and Sonora border, species have their habitats fragmented and migration routes disrupted."
Commercial Rocket Launches Threaten Cumberland Island Wilderness:
"The launches would shatter the area’s natural sounds, stress native wildlife including threatened and endangered species, create major safety concerns from rocket fuel and ignited debris falling from exploding rockets, and could force the Park Service to close and evacuate the Wilderness and National Seashore multiple times per year."