Category Archives: wilderness

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

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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.

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

BLM = Bureau of Lumber and Mining

That moniker was used many moons ago to describe the real mission of the Bureau of Land Management and then fell into disuse when the agency finally got is spine for not just managing but protecting the public’s natural heritage, a k a public land. Now, though, that moniker appears to be returning, as this article about the industry friendliness exhibited by a BLM field office in Utah sorrowfully illustrates.

A brief critique of the NY Times’ choice of adjectives: There is almost zero percent natural land now in the United States that could legitimately be described as “pristine.” I can think of only a few spots in central Idaho that would qualify as “pristine.” And that, buckaroos, is the real sorrowful aspect of our public land heritage today.

An interview with conservationist Dave Foreman

i have had the great pleasure to hear – on repeated occasions – talks by Dave Foreman. Foreman, for those newbies among us, was honored as one America’s top 100 conservationists of the 20th century, an honor bestowed by the National Audubon Society. Click on this link to hear a nice interview of Foreman.