Some recent news articles about issues we're working on—
BLM Grazing Regulations:
“Changes to the grazing regulations could affect nearly 5 million acres of America’s most protected wilderness lands. The public needs and deserves more than a few weeks to review the proposal and provide meaningful recommendations to ensure these extraordinary lands are not harmed.”
Bear Baiting Lawsuit:
"Grizzlies are making their way to the vast, wild country of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and they'll get there if we let them. Unfortunately, the many bait stations scattered along that path are death-magnets for dispersing bears. It's past time for the Forest Service to do something about it."
- Second grizzly likely visited north central Idaho last year, 1/17/20
- Wandering griz still in Selway-Bitterroot, 9/6/19
- 'Garbaging for bears' on federal land endangers grizzlies, wolves (United Press International), 7/16/19
- Kelly Creek grizzly remains in Cayuse Creek area (The Lewiston Tribune), 6/28/19
- Bear managers criticized over baiting rules (Missoulian), 6/25/19
- Bear baits hot topic among IDFG opponents (St. Maries Gazette Record), 6/12/19
- Lawsuit seeks to end ‘bear baiting’ (Gillette News Record), 6/11/19
- Feds Sued to Stop Use of Bear Bait by Hunters in Idaho and Wyoming (Courthouse News Service), 6/5/19
- Groups seek ban on bear-baiting in Idaho, Wyoming forests (Associated Press), 6/6/19 (This also ran in: Idaho Press, Wichita Eagle, Idaho News, The Washington Times, SVI News, Albany Times-Union, EE News)
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."
- New lawsuit filed over King Cove Road (The Cordoba Times), 8/15/19
- New Alaskan Land Swap Called Just as Illegal as the First One (Courthouse News), 8/8/19
- Environmental groups file new lawsuit to block new Izembek land swap deal (KTOO Public Media), 8/7/19 (Also ran in Law360, The Middletown Press, U.S. News & World Report, CNBC, Alaska Public Media News, KTUU, and Anchorage Daily News.)
- Foes of Alaska refuge road return to court (EE News,) 8/7/19
- Izembek Wilderness Threatened by Road, 4/27/18
- Environmental groups sue to block road through Alaska refuge (Washington Post), 1/31/18
- Zinke Moves to Build Road Through an Alaskan Wilderness Area, 1/31/18
- Environmental groups sue to block road through Alaska refuge (KTUU), 1/31/18
Weminuche/South San Juan Wildernesses Chainsaw Lawsuit:
"The Forest Service has withdrawn its decision to use chainsaws in the Weminuche and South San Juan Wildernesses in southern Colorado. This was an unprecedented decision because it was the first time the Forest Service approved motorized chainsaw use for the entire trail system within two entire Wilderness areas, all done with no public input."
- Tree daggers and the meaning of wilderness (Baker City Herald), 6/14/19
- Forest Service rescinds chain saw use in Colorado wilderness (Associated Press), 6/12/19 (This also ran in the Denver Post, KUNC.)
- Forest Services axes decision to use chain saws in wilderness, for now (The Durango Herald), 6/11/19
- Preliminary injunction seeks to halt chain saws in wilderness (The Durango Herald), 6/4/19
- Behind the decision to allow chain saws in Southwest Colorado wilderness areas (The Durango Herald), 5/29/19
- Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas (The Durango Herald), 5/22/19
- Forest Service to allow chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas (Pine River Times), 5/14/19 (This also ran in The Journal)
- Forest Service allows chain saw use in Colorado wilderness, (The Denver Post), 5/13/19 (This also ran in The Denver Channel)
Strip Mine Threatens Okefenokee Wilderness:
A proposed strip mine on thousands of acres next to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness in southern Georgia could impact thousands of acres of wetlands, which would forever change the unique ecosystem of the Swamp. Wilderness values like solitude, silence, and remoteness could be impacted by the close proximity of industrial mining activity and associated development.
Public Lands Omnibus Bill:
"As they say, the devil is in the details, and when the likes of anti-public lands legislators Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) stamp their approval on a massive 698-page public lands omnibus bill, we'd best dig deep...it is full of harmful provisions that would never see the light of day were they not tucked quietly into the omnibus."
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."
H.R. 1349/S. 2877—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.”
- More groups oppose bikes in wilderness (Idaho Mountain Express), 6/13/18 (This also ran in the Bitterroot Star)
- Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Opposes Legislation to Allow Bikes in Wilderness (Sierra Sun Times), 6/8/19
- Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness Join Conservation Groups In Telling Congress: Keep Bikes Out Of Wilderness Areas (PA Environment Daily), 6/7/18
- Wilderness under assault (Blue Ridge Outdoors), 4/18/18
- Extreme Mountain Bikers fight for wilderness access (High Country News), 5/14/18
- Wilderness: Legislation in Congress presses for a fundamental change in the rules (Durango Herald), 1/20/18)
- Keep mountain bikes out of wilderness areas, 1/3/18 (This editorial also ran in The Missoulian, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Arizona Daily Sun, Napa Valley Register, and on Star2.com.)
- Do Bikes Belong in Wilderness Areas?, 12/20/17
- Bill would allow mountain biking in wilderness areas, 12/18/17
- Bikes in Boundary Waters bill passes House committee,12/13/17 (This also ran in the West Central Tribune, Bemidji Pioneer, and Grand Forks Herald.)
- Conservation groups oppose bikes in wilderness, 12/13/17
- McClintock steers biking bill as others pump the brakes (E&E Daily), 12/8/17
- Congress considers opening wilderness areas to bicycles, 12/8/17
- Mountain biking bill to go before Congressional subcommittee, 12/6/17
- Congress considers allowing bikes, other wheeled devices in wilderness areas, 12/5/17
- Bikes in the Boundary Waters Wilderness? Bill in Congress would allow it, 12/5/17 (This also ran in the Bemidji Pioneer, Duluth News Tribune, West Central Tribune, and Grand Forks Herald.)
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."
- Wilderness Watch: National Park Service’s inhumane plan to capture and exile mainland wolves to Isle Royale (YubaNet.com), 9/24/18
- Park Service details Isle Royale wolf transplant(Park Service details Isle Royale wolf transplant( Grand Forks Herald), 9/21/18
- Editorial: A Great Lakes rescue: Restoring wolves on Isle Royale, 7/2/18
- 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
- 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."