Category Archives: wild nature

The pledge of wildlands

Jose’s pledge:

I am for wilderness.

I’m for protecting the places close to my home and close to my heart.

I’m for rugged mountains and pristine forests.

I’m for cleaner air and water.

I’m for protecting wildlife habitat and species.

I’m for keeping our wild heritage alive.

Wilderness makes me happy, helps my community and protects the environment — and I want a better future for the wild places I love.

I am for wilderness. Are you?

– Jose Arroyo

‘Future of Hunting’ conference set in Bismarck, N.D.

Often forgotten in confabs like this one is this: There will be no hunting if all the habitat is lost to sprawl, paving, roads, pollution, climate change, and more. There is no grand secret, but lost amid all the yelling about a president’s alleged taking of personal firearms and other right-wing lies is this: Saving habitat is key. And restoring lost habitat is also on the mark.

Idaho hunters kill 96 wolves

At last count, that is. And Idaho Fish and Game officials in Boise get to tally up the hunting and trapping license revenue, cause that’s how the agency’s budget gets its m0ney (mostly). Meantime, the increasingly muddied ecosystems which gray wolves patrol (regardless of political boundary lines) struggle on. The human propensity for killing carnivores is alive and well. The first near-extinction of Canis lupus didn’t teach enough. Sadly, I know for certain that are conservationists in the Adirondacks who continue to advocate for the return of big predators to that still-mostly-wild region. This link offers a snapshot of the wolf-killing ongoing in Idaho.

A leader is honored for leaving the land alone

This, my latest newspaper column, is a look back at Frank Church and an ex0ploration of saving places for the wildness.

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.

Wild nature

I found this placard alongside a hiking trail in southern Arizona a few years ago. The quote is so true.

Crimes against wildlife

This article from Twin Falls, Idaho, takes a nice hard look at poaching and the investigatory tricks employed by investigators. But there remains a whole other class of what could just as easily be called criminal: The ongoing destruction, paving over, fragmentation and outright loss of fish and wildlife habitat.