Category Archives: public lands

Thumbing-your-nose-at-nature sprawl development

I found this roadside billboard in the sprawl-happy former sagebrush-dominated desert south and west of Boise, Idaho, a few months ago. It reminds me of the bumper-sticker slogan, “Cut down all the trees and name the streets after them.” Welcome to McMansion USA.

Private property: Oliver’s War, Brandon Park and paddling rights

Did Adirondack Explorer editor Phil Brown trespass by paddling his watercraft on public water through privately owned land? A nice featurette of the ongoing case is right here.

Conservation could save sage grouce and ranchers from ESA listing

Well, gosh, just what is the chief problem that’s driving the Sage Grouse into potential Endangered Species Act listing? Duh?

Gimme, gimme! Republicans and the big giveaway of public land

NY Times columnist Timothy Egan drills holes in the latest Republican plan to giveaway the federal public land heritage owned by all Americans, including, oddly enough, the Mitt. Consider the possibilities of what would happen to the
Grand Canyon if the National Park Service were chased away. Same for Padre Island National Seashore. Same for thousands of other places, all of them part of the great natural heritage of America.

Idaho gets federal grant to inventory rare species

And, then, after the inventories are done and the data published in binders that will collect dust in some archival dungeon somewhere, F and G will go ahead and hawk licenses and tags for some of the same species, all in a bid to bring in more dollars for its budget. This story that reads like a news release tells the story of the federal grant.

Lawsuits fly over access to public lands

Of course, naturally, the lawsuits are being filed by those who seek only to play their motorsports on our public estate. As in wreckreation. As in thrillcraft. As in off-road cowboys and cowgirls. Read more here.

Environmental groups’ study says subsidies, high crop prices lead to habitat loss

And there is only, what, one percent of the original tallgrass prairie left today? What a damn shame. Read more here.