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
This, my latest newspaper column, is a look back at Frank Church and an ex0ploration of saving places for the wildness.
Posted in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, National Wilderness Preservation System, wild nature, Wild talk and commentary, wilderness, Wilderness Act of 1964
Tagged Frank Church, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, National Wilderness Preservation System, politicians, Salmon-Challis National Forest, wilderness, wildness
This is Harbor Lake inside the Bighorn Crags region of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. There is nothing in life comparable to being inside designated wilderness and working your legs and muscles to get there.
“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
Posted in conservation, conservation biology, Michael Frome, wilderness, Wilderness Act of 1964, wilderness study areas
Tagged conservation, Michael Frome, out-of-door, outdoors, wilderness, wildlife
“Not all people feel they need to have wilderness, but I do. If things go bad and everything seems to go wrong, the best place to go is right into the remote wilderness and everything’s in balance there.”
– Adirondacker Clarence Petty, 1905-2009
The AP reporters whose names are in the byline to this piece mention “climate change” and “drought” in their copy. It’s about time those factors got the kind of media attention they deserve. As for politicians? I forecast another call for the logging of forests to make them “healthy,” just as we saw during the two Bush eras.
Posted in Los Alamos, New Mexico, wilderness, wildfire, wildfires
Tagged Gila National Forest, Governor Martinez, Los A, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, U.S Forest Service, wilderness, wildfire
If you’re in the Adirondacks of New York State, you can visit state-designated wilderness like that behind this Department of Environmental Conservation placard a dozen or so miles from the Olympic village of Lake Placid. That’s right, New York State has a state-level wilderness protection program. As far as I now it is the only state to have its own such program. Most designated wilderness (and every acre is just so important) in the U.S. was so designated by Congress through the Wilderness Act of 1964. The more wilderness, the better.