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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2016

[ Sen. Feinstein receives Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams Award ]

Michael Reinemer

The Ansel Adams Award is conferred on a current or former federal official who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the cause of conservation and the fostering of an American land

[ Water quality program celebrates milestone for National Forests: replacement of 1,000 culverts ]

Michael Reinemer

Culverts are large drain pipes often used to divert streams under roads. This program improves water quality, reconnects fish habitat and protects reliable access to national forests.

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[ New bill brings Tennessee wilderness closer to protection ]

The Tennessee Wilderness Act, introduced in the House by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn) on Feb. 11, would expand two existing federal wilderness areas in the Cherokee National Forest, helping to safeguard vital wildlife habitat and clean drinking water for nearby communities.

[ Act now: Ask the Department of the Interior to help stop pollution and waste on our public lands ]

Natural gas waste is a major contributor to climate change, as oil and gas companies release methane, a super pollutant, into the atmosphere. From 2009 to 2014, enough natural gas was intentionally wasted on federal lands to supply over 5 million households for a year!

[ Letter opposing Human-Powered Wildlands Travel Management Act of 2015 ]

Feb 22, 2016

Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams registers opposition to the proposed Human-Powered Wildlands Travel Management Act of 2015, which would would open wilderness areas to all forms of mechanized recreation and allow the use of motorized vehicle and mechanized tools.

[ Mountain bikes don’t belong in wilderness areas; Wilderness Society opposes attempts to undermine the 1964 Wilderness Act ]

Michael Reinemer

“The authors of the 1964 Wilderness Act knew that the primitive nature of America’s wildlands would be undermined by an onslaught of roads, buildings, motorized transportation and mechanical devices, which is why they are not allowed in wilderness areas.

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[ Public Lands Initiative summary and concerns ]

Feb 16, 2016

On January 20, Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz released a discussion draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act (PLI). The bill includes two divisions, “Conservation” and “Opportunity”, and 20 titles. This is a summary and analysis of the discussion draft. 

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[ Letter to Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz on PLI concerns ]

Feb 9, 2016

Wilderness Society letter to Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz regarding concerns about the draft Public Lands Initiative.

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[ Bishop’s proposal for Utah lands undermines collaborative efforts leaving too much on the table ]

As we noted in a press statement in late January, Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz released a long-awaited

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