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Bentley is NWF's Legislative Representative for Public Lands Campaigns. As much as Bentley enjoys advocating for the nation's shared public lands on Capitol Hill, he prefers traveling across the country to actually visit national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, conservation system lands, and other gems of the outdoors.
The first Duck Stamp, designed by J.N. "Ding" Darling, founder of NWF

Duck Stamp Act Passes Lame Duck Congress

12/3/2014 // By Bentley Johnson

More bucks for ducks!  Wildlife conservation got a win today when the Senate passed the Federal Duck Stamp Act (H.R. 5069).  The legislation simply raises the price of the Federal Duck Stamp from $15 to $25.  This small $10 increase […] Read more >

Empire Bluff from the south. Flickr photo by Jim Sorbie.

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Gains Wilderness Protection

3/6/2014 // By Bentley Johnson

When you think of walking along a sandy beach at dusk with waves lapping at your feet, watching the sun dip below the horizon, you’re probably not picturing somewhere in northern Michigan.  But that is exactly the scene I was […] Read more >

Credit: Tony Campbell

What Will Happen to the Bears?

9/19/2013 // By Bentley Johnson

Any time I’m able to get out of DC and spend some time in the woods, I jump at the chance.  I especially like visiting national forests–they are found all over the country, have a huge variety of recreation options, […] Read more >

Ringed seal.  Credit: Sven Roeder

On 24th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Arctic Wildlife Still at Risk

3/26/2013 // By Bentley Johnson

Twenty-four years ago the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska, spilling tens of millions of gallons of crude oil into the spectacular Prince William Sound. In the following days, weeks, months and years, it became clear that the spill […] Read more >

Will New Interior Secretary Put Conservation On Equal Ground with Energy?

2/7/2013 // By Bentley Johnson

  On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Sally Jewell, CEO for the outdoor outfitter REI, as successor to Ken Salazar as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Conservation groups, senators and Western energy producers alike praised the selection […] Read more >

Top 10 Ways the “Fiscal Cliff” Will Harm Wildlife Refuges

11/21/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Hanging over the celebrations of Thanksgiving this year is the threat of severe funding cuts from the fast approaching “Fiscal Cliff.” The National Wildlife Refuge System – the largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife – faces a […] Read more >

I catch a breather near Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park

Drilling Impacts on Public Lands Missing from Presidential Debate

10/18/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

A spirited exchange at this week’s Presidential debate centered around energy development on public lands, specifically oil and gas drilling.  Per usual, fact checkers immediately began investigating the claims by both Governor Romney and President Obama. What was completely lost in the discussion […] Read more >

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, America’s New National Monument

9/21/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Chimney Rock, one of America’s unique natural wonders, received a special designation today from President Obama—it is our nation’s newest National Monument. Native Americans, conservationists, preservationists, and local business owners are excited by this decision, and for good reason. By using […] Read more >

Photo credit_YoTuT on Flickr

Playing in the Shadow of the Washington Monument: Office Softball in a National Park [VIDEO]

4/18/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Coaching my office softball team, The Scrubjays, is one of the best perks of my job here in Washington, DC.  Every week in the summer we walk down to the National Mall, set up a field, and play softball against […] Read more >

credit, Susanne Miller/USFWS

Alaska Well Blowout Still Out of Control While Congress Wants to Drill in Polar Bear Country

2/16/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Breaking news reports are coming in that an exploratory oil and gas well on Alaska’s North Slope has triggered a blowout that is still out of control. Meanwhile, Congress is pulling out every trick in the bag to open up […] Read more >

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