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  • Idaho agency finds historic footage of parachuting beavers

    10/22/2015 10:14:23 PM PDT · by LucyT · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | BOISE, Idaho — Oct 22, 2015 | Staff
    Boise, Idaho - More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, officials have uncovered footage of the quirky wildlife management moment. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was struggling with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions in the 1940s when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other furry rodents, packed them into special travel boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into..."
  • Obama Seeks to Name Potentially Oil-Rich Part of Alaska Protected 'Wilderness'

    01/25/2015 11:20:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain. The designation would seal off the area in Alaska's northeast corner from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. Obama and the Interior Department announced the effort Sunday.
  • Car in Calif. missing teen case found in Idaho wilderness

    08/09/2013 12:11:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 8/9/13 | ap
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - A car belonging to the suspect in the disappearance of a teenage girl in California has been found in Idaho, authorities said on Friday. San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore also said that horseback riders reported seeing two people matching the description of the suspect and girl in the Cascade area 70 miles northeast of Boise on Wednesday.
  • Welcome to Weminuche: Sign in ( King to serfs in Colorado wilderness government lands )

    04/08/2013 9:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 06, 2013 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Mandatory registration coming to state’s largest wilderness area . Visitors to the Weminuche Wilderness are going to be required to register before entering the almost 500,000 acres that stretch from Silverton to Wolf Creek Pass. Use and abuse of the pristine mountains, valleys and waterways through the years now require switching from voluntary to mandatory registration at trailheads, the San Juan National Forest said in a news release. “During the first two to three years of the new requirement, we’re going to educate the public on the reasons,” Forest Service spokeswoman Ann Bond said Saturday. “After that, rangers can issue...
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. goes to court to fight closure

    01/27/2013 12:44:54 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | January 25, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Lawyers for the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will square off Friday before a federal judge in Oakland in the first round of a legal battle to continue the commercial oyster operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore. At stake is Salazar's decision in November not to renew a 40-year lease that gave oyster farm operator Kevin Lunny the right to commercial operations in 2,500-acre Drakes Estero, a five-fingered estuary that features extensive eelgrass beds and a harbor seal colony. The decision, hailed by wilderness advocates, gave Lunny's company 90 days to shut down a business...
  • Welcome to the Salazar Wilderness

    12/11/2012 10:10:21 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2012 | MICHAEL MORITZ
    Shame on the Interior Department for trying to drum a family-owned enterprise out of business. After a seaside area has been designated as wilderness, when is it considered pristine enough by Washington's standards? Is it after airplanes have been banned from flying over it? After electricity pylons and telephone cables have been removed, cars and bikers prohibited, the roads torn up? When hikers are forbidden access to trails, and kayakers, sailors and snorkelers banished from the water? When eucalyptus trees and other foreign species are eradicated? Or only after Miwok Indians' arrowheads have been excavated and placed in a museum?...
  • Out Of Touch President Obama Fiddles While Tombstone, AZ Burns

    08/19/2012 1:01:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/13/2012 | Ralph Benko,
    Welcome to the Wild West, 2012 style. The Feds to Tombstone: “If you want to fix your water line, better lawyer up and talk to President Obama.”... Obama, is truly the out of touch candidate. The U.S. Forest Service — of which the president is ultimate boss — is preventing, on the flimsiest of excuses, Tombstone Arizona from rebuilding its water pipeline. Obama, conniving, is putting Tombstone, a fixture of American history, in mortal danger. ... A massive forest fire in 2011 wiped out the vegetation in Coronado National Park, wherein lies Tombstone’s waterworks — which were destroyed by the...
  • Wilderness groups sue U.S. Forest Service over plan to use helicopter

    07/04/2012 10:53:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | June 28, 2012 | PERRY BACKUS
    Two wilderness groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow an irrigation company to use a helicopter to fly in materials needed to repair a dam in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Wilderness Watch and Friends of the Clearwater filed suit in U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy’s court in Missoula last week. The groups say the agency’s decision to allow the irrigation company up to two helicopter flights to the Fred Burr Dam site violates the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. The irrigation company wants to replace a deteriorating catwalk and log boom on the nearly century-old...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

    05/30/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 14 replies
    Incident Information System ^ | 5-30-2012 | government
    The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, under the direction of Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Saturday 5/26. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mogollon and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Road/Trail/Area closures and Catwalk National Rec Trail Closure are in place on the Gila National Forest. Visit the Gila NF website at for details. Smoke advisories are in effect. View the Smoke Advisory article under "Announcements" for further information. Smoke projection models are posted in "Photographs." Areas around Albuquerque, Belen, Socorro, Magdalena and Carrizozo will see smoke during...
  • DC Tells Tombstone, AZ They Can Repair Water System, As Long As They Use Horses and Hand Tools

    05/11/2012 9:24:09 PM PDT · by inkling · 29 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | May 11, 2012 | Duane Lester
    This is an incredible story showing how far the federal government is from rational thought. Here’s what happened in Tombstone: Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air...
  • 3 mushroom-pickers missing in Oregon forest

    02/02/2012 4:37:19 PM PST · by gettinolder · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2012 | Associated Press
    Excerpt: Authorities on Thursday were searching southwestern Oregon's rugged forests for three missing mushroom pickers who disappeared almost five days ago. Belinda and Daniel Conne, both 47, and their 25-year-old son, Michael, were last seen Sunday at a campground, where they had left behind their camp trailer and two dogs, Curry County sheriff's office said. Deputies found their SUV off a logging road on the western edge of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest on Wednesday, and clothing and mushroom-picking gear were found some distance away. Read more:
  • Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economy

    11/21/2011 7:08:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/19/11 | Bettina Boxall
    Wilderness Society cuts staff, citing weak economyBy Bettina Boxall - Los Angeles Times Updated: 11/19/2011 05:48:14 PM PST The weak economy has taken a big bite out of the Wilderness Society, which last week laid off 17 percent of its staff. Headquartered in Washington, the organization is one of the nation's most venerable land preservation groups and has been a major force behind the creation and expansion of the federal wilderness system. After increasing its staff and spending in recent years, the group is retrenching. "The Wilderness Society, like so many other organizations, has been feeling the effects of a...
  • Grizzly attacks 7 teens in Talkeetna Mountains (Bear Spray Only, No Gun)

    07/25/2011 8:28:15 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 182 replies · 2+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 24, 2011 | CASEY GROVE
    A grizzly bear sow with a cub attacked a group of teenagers on a month-long survival-skills course Saturday night in the Talkeetna Mountains, causing severe injuries to two of the hikers, according to Alaska State Troopers. (snip) The group was on the 24th day of a 30-day backpacking trip, school spokesman Bruce Palmer said by phone from Wyoming. It was the group's first day unaccompanied by adult instructors, Palmer said. "For the last bit of the course, we would have them travel as a student group without the instructors, utilizing the skills that they've learned over time," Palmer said. (snip)...
  • Obama abandons wilderness plan (Opts to make bigger, better golf courses?)

    06/01/2011 2:48:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Fox 13 Now ^ | 6/01/11 | Matthew Daly
    Obama abandons wilderness planMatthew Daly Associated Press 11:47 a.m. MDT, June 1, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP)— The Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo to his agency that officials will not designate any public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said the agency will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press. Salazar's decision...
  • Obama to abandon Bush-era wilderness policy

    12/23/2010 10:30:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/23/10 | PATRICK REIS
    That could provide consolation for environmental groups whose wilderness bills died in the Senate this week when Majority Leader Harry Reid abandoned his late-session push for a water, lands and wildlife omnibus measure. “As we’ve seen, legislation can take a very long time,” said Nada Culver of the Wilderness Society.
  • Rehberg Statement on Montana Wilderness Bill Being Included in $1.1 Trillion Omnibus

    12/15/2010 12:08:15 PM PST · by The Watcher · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Denny Rehberg ^ | The Watcher
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg released the following statement upon confirming that a new version of Senator Tester’s Wilderness Bill was added to the 1,924-page $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Rehberg hosted 22 public meetings specifically about this legislation across the impacted region. He posted the comments and ideas he heard in the “Transparency Center” portion of his congressional website. “This is government at its worst. Montanans have had zero input on this new wilderness bill. It hasn't even had a public hearing in Congress. What's more, Senator Tester is jamming his unpopular bill into yet another trillion...
  • Sen. Bingaman is making a big mistake with his dangerous wilderness bill

    11/25/2010 7:56:20 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/25/2010 | Ron Arnold
    Sen. Jeff Bingaman is being called our worst border security threat. Angry Dona Ana County residents have branded the New Mexico Democrat's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Act as "Bingaman's Bandit Boulevard" for proposing a 50-mile-long safe haven for Mexican drug runners -- and worse. John Hummer, former chairman of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, reminded his community of the no-motorized-vehicle clause in wilderness laws. The Border Patrol can't patrol.... A U.S. Border Patrol document obtained by The Examiner shows the nationality and number of OTMs arrested last year. A few samples: Afghanistan (12); Indonesia (95); Iran (42); Iraq...
  • Federal Study: Border Patrol Agents Burdened by Red Tape

    10/05/2010 2:58:50 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/5/2010 | Judson Berger
    Border Patrol agents trying to keep up with the pace of illegal immigration along the southwest border have gotten stuck in a kind of bureaucratic limbo, with a new government report showing federal regulations have stalled projects for months. In one case, it took the Bureau of Land Management almost eight months to issue a permit allowing Border Patrol to move an underground sensor in New Mexico. In another, Border Patrol officials were denied permission to improve maintenance on roads and surveillance in California, forcing the patrol routes north. In another, it took more than four months for the agency...
  • Wilderness: Expansion and (Unlawful) Beneficiary Use

    10/03/2010 2:42:33 PM PDT · by AuntB · 19 replies
    The Westerner ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Stephen L. Wilmeth
    The Battle of Juarez is showing signs that the good guys are not prevailing. The Juarez newspaper, El Diario de Juarez, has cried uncle in its mixed stance of reporting the progress of the war. In the front page editorial that appeared recently, the editor waved the white flag and asked the cartels publicly what they want from him. The murder of a photographer and another reporter in the recent past are hitting far too close to home for him to continue to be a brave purveyor of the truth. In a city ravaged by nearly 7,000 deaths since 2006...
  • Wilderness bill puts Teague in a tough spot

    08/04/2010 8:36:43 PM PDT · by Outside da Box · 7 replies
    New Mexico Politics ^ | 8/4/2010 | Heath Haussamen
    The Doña Ana County wilderness bill that New Mexico’s U.S. senators and local activists are trying to push through Congress before the end of the year puts U.S. Rep. Harry Teague in a very tough political spot. The Democratic is in a difficult re-election battle against former GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce. It’s a Republican-leaning district in a Republican leaning year, and Pearce already has an advantage.
  • Joshua Rhett Miller, Fox News, Makes Huge Mistake On Border Security

    07/29/2010 5:38:40 AM PDT · by VaqueroViejo · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Mr. Miller recently reported on S.1689, Senator Bingaman's bill which would designate over a quarter million acres of wilderness on or near our border with Mexico. In that report he stated: "To address the border region's unique security challenges, they say, the legislation creates nearly three miles of non-wilderness buffer and an additional 2-mile "restricted use area" that would prohibit motor vehicle access by the public. But CBP agents will have access to conduct routine patrols and build surveillance infrastructure, as they would on regular multiple-use land. (Currently, the existing area provides CBP agents with one-third of a mile in...
  • Obama coming to my town (Quincy IL /Macon MO area). Cue "Darth Vader" Theme

    04/22/2010 8:34:20 AM PDT · by iHikeinGodsCreation · 9 replies · 590+ views
    KTVO Heartland Connection ^ | April 21, 2010 | AP
    Most people here really don't like him. We're rural, conservative, mostly Christian people. The only reason I'd go is to protest. Anyone in the Hannibal/Shelbina/Macon, MO area? OTTUMWA, IOWA (AP) -- KTVO has learned the tentative schedule for President Obama's swing through the Heartland planned for next week. The President is scheduled to land in Quincy, Illinois at roughly 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 27. He will then travel to Fort Madison, Iowa, Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa. He is expected to arrive in Ottumwa at about 4:45 and hold a town hall event or rally. No location or format...
  • New Republic: 'Barack Obama Faces a Moment Where His Presidency Just Might Collapse'

    01/27/2010 4:39:51 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies · 2,442+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | January 27, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    The liberal meltdown as a result of the last week's election in Massachusetts continues apace. And the latest victim of the Bay State choosing Republican #41 for a Senate seat is the editorial staff of The New Republic. Anybody who follows The New Republic, such as your humble correspondent who has kept the NewsBusters Eye of Sauron focused on that liberal outpost knows they are a bunch of policy wonks who have spent the better part of the past year obsessed over every arcane detail of ObamaCare as well as closely following its passage in its various versions through the...
  • Law foundation joins fight against roadless rule

    01/03/2010 10:39:00 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 796+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 30, 2009
    A Denver-based conservative legal foundation says a federal policy that barred development of about 58 million acres of forests nationwide illegally created de facto wilderness areas. The Mountain States Legal Foundation makes that argument in a brief filed Tuesday in support of the state of Wyoming's fight to overturn the so-called "roadless rule" approved by President Bill Clinton in 2001. Conflicting federal court rulings have upheld and overturned the road-building ban on the national forest land. The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in August threw out a Bush administration policy that opened some of the roadless areas to...
  • Wilderness On The Border, Threat to National Security

    11/10/2009 11:24:08 PM PST · by Outside da Box · 1 replies · 319+ views
    This presentation presents information obtained from a National Park Study and a Department of Interior Threat Assessment report about the devastating impacts of designated federal Wilderness on our country's southern border: According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, "Law enforcement work in the National Park Service is the most dangerous in federal service. National Park Service officers are 12 times more likely to be killed or injured as a result of an assault than FBI agents. Overall, NPS law enforcement has a morbidity rate triple that of the next worst federal agency."
  • Army: Wilderness proposal threatens key training

    10/14/2009 12:54:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 727+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | October 13, 2009 | DAN ELLIOTT
    Proposed wilderness designations for parts of the Colorado mountains could threaten the Army's only high-altitude training site for helicopter pilots, an Army officer said Tuesday. The proposed "Hidden Gems" wilderness designations would put all of the high-altitude landing zones used by the High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site off-limits, said Col. Joel Best, senior aviation officer for the Colorado Army National Guard. "We really can't afford to lose any of that land for the security of this nation," Best said. He spoke at a briefing for Colorado county commissioners and legislators. The site, known by the acronym HAATS, is the only...
  • Wal-Mart Near Civil War Battlefield Wins OK

    08/24/2009 10:57:44 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 48 replies · 2,060+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2009
    ORANGE, Va. — Officials in central Virginia approved a Wal-Mart Supercenter early Tuesday near one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields, a proposal that had stirred opposition by preservationists and hundreds of historians. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to grant the special permit to the world's biggest retailer after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Wal-Mart to Locust Grove, within a cannonball's shot from the Wilderness Battlefield. Historians and Civil War buffs are fearful the Wal-Mart store will draw traffic and more commerce to an area within the historic...
  • TV show helps Utah boy survive night solo in woods

    06/23/2009 5:28:35 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 23 replies · 1,685+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 6/23/09 | Elizabeth White
    SALT LAKE CITY – When he realized he'd been separated from his family on a weekend hike in a northern Utah forest, 9-year-old Grayson Wynne's thoughts turned to television. Grayson watches "Man vs. Wild" on the Discovery Channel every week with his brothers and his dad. On the show, host and adventurer Bear Grylls strands himself in the wilderness and then shows viewers how to survive the sticky situations. That's where Grayson says he learned to leave clues behind to help searchers find him...
  • Civil War Heritage vs Wal-Mart [anti Wal-Mart elitism from a shopkeeper]

    06/16/2009 2:09:16 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 15 replies · 645+ views
    OUR HERITAGE VERSUS A BIG BOX VIEWPOINTS, 6/14/09: The Wilderness battlefield--Ferry Farm--Wal-Mart battles, by Bill Beck Date published: 6/14/2009 THE THREAT of a Wal-Mart on George Washington's Ferry Farm galvanized many local preservation groups: Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc., the Stafford County Historical Society, and ultimately the Kenmore Association. These groups were supported by innumerable individuals, many of whom may not have identified themselves as preservationists but held a firm sense of right and wrong. While every effort was made to influence the Stafford County supervisors, we quickly realized that our best hope for success was to force the corporate heads...
  • Obama signs sweeping public lands reform legislation

    03/30/2009 4:23:09 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 16 replies · 1,680+ views
    CNN ^ | Marc 30,2009 | CNN
    # Obama signs bill designating 2 million additional acres of public wilderness areas # Designation provides highest level of government protection from commercial use # Law, pooling more than 160 legislative proposals, extends across nine states # Highlights: New heritage sites and water projects, expanded park boundaries
  • Obama Signs Bill Protecting 2 Million Acres as Wilderness(Or how to kill off new revenues)

    03/30/2009 1:13:37 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies · 1,113+ views
    AP ^ | 3/30/09
    <p>President Barack Obama has signed legislation that sets aside more than 2 million acres as protected wilderness.</p> <p>Obama said Monday the most valuable things in life are those already possessed as he signed a massive public lands management act at the White House. The law protects land from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia, as well as expands wilderness protection efforts.</p>
  • Group sees 'violation of trust'; Wildlands Conservancy desert [land] now being opened to development

    03/29/2009 4:18:15 PM PDT · by bornred · 6 replies · 537+ views
    Wind Watch ^ | 3/14/2009 | Janet Zimmerman
    A land conservancy from Oak Glen spent years amassing $45 million in private donations and negotiating the purchase of more than a half-million unspoiled acres in the California desert so it could be turned over to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for protection. Now, the BLM is considering applications for wind turbines and solar-energy arrays on thousands of those acres. The proposals on the donated Mojave Desert parcels have riled residents, visitors and members of The Wildlands Conservancy, which orchestrated the land deals involving a broad scattering of parcels in eastern San Bernardino County. “It’s a violation of trust,...
  • Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future ...

    03/25/2009 7:29:58 PM PDT · by cc2k · 23 replies · 839+ views
    For Immediate Release 03/25/2009 Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future Generations of Americans Washington, D. C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following passage of H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, by a vote of 285 to 140. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law: “Today, the House passed a landmark bill to conserve public lands for future generations of Americans.  This bipartisan legislation creates more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, and provides the...
  • Congress votes to expand wilderness in 9 states (Land-grabbing Congre$$ in action)

    03/25/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Congress has voted to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness — from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation, which opponents, mostly Republicans, called a "land grab" that would block energy development on vast swaths of federal land, is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House passed the bill, 285-140, Wednesday, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over...
  • House passes bill to expand wilderness in 9 states

    03/25/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,273+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness - from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House approved the bill, 285-140, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over gun rights. The measure was brought up again in the Senate and approved last week, setting up Wednesday's vote. The bill...
  • More Desert Wilderness ( Campaign to protect )

    03/21/2009 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 705+ views
    Desert Protective Council. ^ | February 23rd, 2009 | Larry Hogue
    Earlier this month, we asked you to call your U.S. Representatives to show support for the national Omnibus Public Lands Bill, containing wilderness desig- nations for over 700,000 acres in California. (If you haven’t called your representative yet, please do so now.) Now we have an opportunity to get even more of California’s wild desert places formally designated as wilderness — the highest protection our public lands can receive from the federal government.All you need to do is write a quick, heart-felt note to Sen. Dianne Feinstein mentioning why you love wild desert places in general, and mentioning a few...
  • Senate moves forward on wilderness bill

    03/16/2009 3:42:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 616+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/16/09 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Senate is moving forward on a much-debated bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness. ... The package of legislation would confer the government's highest level of protection on land ranging from California's Sierra Nevada mountain range and Oregon's Mount Hood to parts of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.
  • "From the Water to the Wilderness" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent)

    03/01/2009 1:47:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 643+ views
    March 1, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From the Water to the Wilderness” (Mark 1:9-15)Today is the First Sunday in Lent, and that means our Gospel reading today is an account of the Temptation of Our Lord. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this early episode that took place right after Jesus’ baptism. But whereas Luke takes thirteen verses to tell us about the temptation, and Matthew takes eleven, our evangelist for this year, St. Mark, as is his style, covers the temptation of Christ in just two verses, as follows: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty...
  • Senate boosts wilderness protection across US (rare Sunday session)

    01/11/2009 2:20:37 PM PST · by shielagolden · 43 replies · 1,498+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/11/09 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON – In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. Majority Democrats assembled more than enough votes to overcome GOP stalling tactics in an early showdown for the new Congress. Republicans complained that Democrats did not allow amendments on the massive bill, which calls for the largest expansion of wilderness protection in 25 years. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats said the bill — a holdover from last year — was carefully written and included measures sponsored by both Republicans and...
  • Wal-Mart Fights The Battle of The Wilderness in Virginia

    12/27/2008 2:47:09 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 35 replies · 966+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 27, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    One of the greatest privileges of living in Virginia, especially for history buffs, is that we are neck-deep in Civil War country. I live within 50 miles of some of the most significant battles, and have walked the battlefields of Bull Run (I and II), Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and many others. The one thing that has remained nearly unblemished, especially in the face of the building boom in Northern Virginia over the past 15 years, has been the fields and vistas of the hallowed ground where tens of thousands of brave men fought and died. If you want...
  • Are Conservatives Facing Another 1964?

    10/24/2008 8:52:10 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 36 replies · 603+ views
    FREEPers | 10/24/08 | Recovering_Democrat
    Fellow Freepers, I know all hope is not lost. And I do believe our numbers are stronger than the media says. Though I do wonder if we are facing another 1964. In the sense that we have a Republican Arizona senator facing the onslaught of a liberal Democrat, liberal media and liberal Congress. I do NOT believe John McCain represents conservatism the way Barry Goldwater represented our ideas. But I think we may be in for a "long, hard slog", as Rumsfeld once put it in another context. The socialists/big tax and spenders may seize our government in January. And...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 17-23, 2008: White Cliffs of the Missouri Breaks

    08/19/2008 11:23:50 AM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 170+ views
    A couple of pictures of the White Cliffs of the Missouri Breaks. There aren't very many! Click the bottom one for full-size, but it actually looks better at this size.
  • Stellar Birth in the Galactic Wilderness

    04/20/2008 12:03:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 71+ views
    Caltech ^ | 4/16/08
    A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows baby stars sprouting in the backwoods of a galaxy -- a relatively desolate region of space more than 100,000 light-years from the galaxy's bustling center. The striking image, a composite of ultraviolet data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and radio data from the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array in New Mexico, shows the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, also known simply as M83. In the new view, the main spiral, or stellar, disk of M83 looks like a pink and blue pinwheel, while its outer arms appear to flap away from the...
  • Family sues Utah DWR over boy's bear mauling death

    03/28/2008 9:36:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies · 2,870+ views
    ABC 4 ^ | March 28, 2008
    The parents of the 11-year-old boy killed by a black bear last summer in American Fork Canyon are suing the U.S. Forest Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. They say more should have been done to prevent their son's death. Step-father Tim Mulvey, his wife Rebecca Ives and Sam’s father say they have lived with the horror of that father's day weekend every day since and now they want to make sure it never happens to anyone else's family. It is grief beyond comprehension for most of us; a child ripped away from his family in the middle of...
  • Wilderness plan closes trails to bikes

    01/23/2008 9:52:22 AM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 107+ views
    The Durango Herald ^ | January 23, 2008 | Katie Burford
    Mountain bikers worry proposal could kill ‘epic ride’. Many of the area's skilled mountain bikers are concerned about a proposal that would ban them from some of their most-prized local trails, including a segment of the Colorado Trail. The proposal is part of a draft plan by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to guide management of 2.4 million acres of public lands in Southwest Colorado. The plan recommends classifying 55,000 acres as new wilderness, including 51,000 acres west of Hermosa Creek. Congress is ultimately responsible for establishing wilderness areas, which cannot be used by motorized vehicles...
  • "The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent)

    12/08/2007 7:34:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 192+ views
    December 9, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Fulfill What Was Spoken by the Prophet: ‘The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness’” (Matthew 3:1-12)Last week we entered what I called, “The Year of St. Matthew,” a new church year in which most all of the Sunday Gospel readings will come from the holy evangelist Matthew. We said that one of the characteristics of Matthew’s account is his frequent use of introducing quotations from the Old Testament with a “fulfillment” formula, something like, “This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet. . . .” Something like that. In fact, today is the second of...
  • Group wants man charged for lion death

    10/10/2007 8:38:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 102 replies · 1,768+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | October 10, 2007 | Heath Urie
    Mother-in-law of shooter says he had no choice but to shoot. A man who shot and killed a mountain lion last week in defense of his puppy should face criminal charges in the incident for "baiting" the animal, a wildlife-advocacy group said Tuesday. Wendy Keefover-Ring, director of the Boulder-based Sinapu Carnivore Protection Program, said state prosecutors should cite Jeremy Kocar for baiting the mountain lion by leaving his dog tied up outside overnight. Kocar also should face charges of shooting a cougar out of hunting season, which runs Nov. 20 through March 31, shooting without a hunting license and animal...
  • Idaho's Stunning Magruder Corridor Wilderness Road

    08/19/2007 3:23:42 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 121 replies · 4,197+ views
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 19-Aug-2007 | Jeff Head
    In the mid 1990s, while living in southwest Montana, I did a lot of hunting and exploring around the mountains in the area. This included those ranges bordering the Beaverhead, Ruby, Red Rock, and Big Hole Rivers. I also got up on the Bitteroot and over the mountains onto the Selway which is where this web page and story has its origins. I learned of a road out of Darby, Montana that followed the Nez Perce indian trail over the monuntains into Idaho, which conected to a primitive road that continued across the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Chuirch - River...
  • CA: Governor urges stricter rules to protect wilderness areas (more restrictions on forest roads)

    08/13/2007 9:11:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 459+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 8/13/07 | Paige Austin
    Gov. Schwarzenegger recently escalated a battle of words with federal officials over how to manage the remaining wilderness areas in Southern California's national forests. In an August letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Schwarzenegger accused the federal government of not doing enough to make sure wilderness in the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests is protected from road construction. The state and environmental groups want more restrictions on forest roads than are outlined in new forest management plans, 10- to 15-year master plans for land use in the forests. Schwarzenegger charged the federal government with not...
  • ( Wilderness Society ) Activists trying to cut back logging

    08/06/2007 8:25:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 770+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 8/5/2007 | Steven K. Paulson
    Firefighters in this mountain resort town love to tell the story of the couple from Texas who wanted to know where they could buy one of those beautiful red evergreens that surround Lake Dillon. They offered the couple a chain saw and told them to take as many as they wanted. The trees aren’t red, they’re dead. The stately green lodgepole pines that once provided million-dollar views high in the Rockies are turning red and then brown in waves as tiny bark beetles eat their way across the Continental Divide. But environmentalists say that’s no reason to chop them down....