March 20, 2018

National Monuments Matter

Let me begin today by saying, I despise the 'slippery slope' cliche.  This is the argument that is being made right now as the Interior Department undertakes a presidential ordered review of all national monument designations since 1996.  The f...

December 17, 2017

For much of America's history the concepts of frontier and wilderness were synonymous.  Today, the American frontier exists only in history books and wilderness has been reduced to a political definition.

Wilderness-- its existence, location, and meaning-- is more alien...

December 9, 2017

Ever heard of the Bristol Bay National Monument in Alaska?  You know, the one that protects the world's largest sockeye salmon run, provides $1.5 billion in sustainable wild salmon every year, supports a rural economy that includes commercial fishing, sport fishing, an...

October 9, 2017

There is a misconception that public lands are found only in the vast expanses of the American West.  Thoughts of public lands conjure to mind visions of a verdant Yellowstone National Park or an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.  Trout Unlimited's "30 Great American Pl...

August 7, 2017

Our 26th president's name is increasingly bandied about as uncertainty over the future of our natural resources, particularly those on public lands, reaches new heights. Leaving aside the hyperbole and knee-jerk reactions to the daily gyrations that surround our curren...

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