Category Archives: conservation

Pending ‘outdoors’ legislation angers conservationists

There is little wonder why. Where does one start in listing the bad features of the legislation now pending in the Senate? The Washington Post offers this look.

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Dangerous sport in lawmaking

Legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would undo all kinds of positive conservation programs, like not allowing lead to be used in waterfowl hunting. And, ludicrously, raising the price of the federal Duck Stamp from its current $15 is being attacked as a “tax and spend” situation. Notions like “wilderness protection” are apparently way over the head for many federal “lawmakers.” This editorial does all the explaining. There really are idiots in Congress, people who bitch about government being too big, but yet do all they can to get elected and be part of it. Amazing.

Global disaster? Climate change not on today’s media agenda

According to the National Climatic Data Center, July 211 to June 2012 was the hottest 12-month stretch on human record. But even as the devastation resulting from humanity’s ongoing alteration of the Earth’s atmosphere became more and more obvious, coverage of the 2012 presidential election campaign seemed completely impervious to the effects of climate change,”the media watchdog organization FAIR reported. You can read about FAIR’s findings right here. The conservation impact of what we humans are doing to our fish and wildlife heritage by burning fossil fuels goes well beyond the crisis faced by one or two species.

Editorial: Farming conservation efforts falling short

Pleading innocence and issuing PR releases about all the “progress” being made toward eliminating sediment erosion and toxic runoff is one thing. But actually doling that and more is the subject of this editorial from Iowa.

Op-ed: Sportsmen care most about protecting habitat

Eddie Zygmunt, of Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a longtime friend and conservation colleague of mine. This op-ed from his pen was just published in the Patriot-News, the daily newspaper of Harrisburg, the state’s capital city. Eddie turned out a really nice piece. Read it, and let me know what you think.

No talk about climate and guns in presidential talkfests

So, one of the biggest factors ever in the world of conservation goes on without any bluster at all from presidential wannabe Mitt Romney and already-President Barack Obama. This article has the numbers that support the headline above. So, in any case, vote Romney for dog catcher and give Paul Ryan a big boost to becoming the municipal sanitary engineer.

Quote of the week

“Wilderness, above all its definitions and uses, is sacred space,
with sacred powers, the heart of a moral world.

– conservation writer and veteran Michael Frome