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National Forests Support Recreation Economy

7/23/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Every year, over 160 million visitors head to our National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts contribute more to the economy than anything else the U.S. Forest Service does—more even than timber, grazing, and mineral development combined. Tapping our public lands […] Read more >

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Wildfire Season in Full Swing

7/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Wildfire season is in full swing and states across the West are starting to feel the burn. From the over 20,000 acre Mills Canyon fire in Washington to a wildfire in a remote Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National Forest in California, sparks are […] Read more >

Take a Stand for Public Lands

7/2/2014 // By Nic Callero

  This is the time of year when I spend my weekends in the National Forest on Oregon’s north coast. I am in search of elk. Come November, Oregon’s western rifle season is a mere four days in length, which […] Read more >

Lizard on a rock

Bright Future for Renewables on Public Lands

7/2/2014 // By Frank Sturges

This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off its first lease in a designated Solar Energy Zone. The Dry Lake project in Nevada is the first of 19 identified sites to be auctioned, and a shining symbol of the potential […] Read more >

biker on mesa

Don’t Let Congress Silence Sportsmen

6/26/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Public land use is a balancing act. Developing oil and gas resources on public lands requires careful planning and robust conversations. Hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts depend on public lands for outstanding outdoor experiences and these sportsmen contribute significantly to […] Read more >

A family of limpkins in Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Scott Helfrich.

Congress Takes the “Wild” out of National Refuges with Funding Cuts

6/26/2014 // By Aislinn Maestas

It’s a well-known secret that some of the best places in the world to spot wildlife are at America’s refuges. From the annual bird migrations at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to the vast caribou […] Read more >

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Wildlife Funding Diverted to Fight Wildfires

6/17/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Just last month, fire crews rescued a group of wolf pups from the almost 200,000 acre Funny River Fire in Alaska. Firefighters found the puppies in the blaze after hearing them yipping, and they are now being cared for at the Alaska Zoo. […] Read more >

Sea Turtle. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Tyler MacDonald.

Another Chance for Clean Energy and Sea Turtles

5/14/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

The Senate may have a chance to redeem itself this week – at least in the eyes of clean energy advocates. On the heels of yet another defeat for the common-sense energy efficiency bill from Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and […] Read more >

Right whale mother and calf. Photo by NOAA NMFS.

Right Whales Hold Their Seat at the Table while Offshore Wind Power Moves Forward in New England

5/7/2014 // By Amber Hewett

As a wildlife advocate working to advance clean energy, I spend a lot of time talking about “looking forward.” Today, I welcome an opportunity to celebrate this moment, and even reflect back on the groundwork laid in getting here. NWF […] Read more >

Offshore wind farm

Senate Finance Committee Can Re-open the Door for Renewable Energy

4/2/2014 // By Amber Hewett

On the last day of 2013, the wind power industry lost two important tax credits to an expiration date that never should have been set in the first place. The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and Production Tax Credit (PTC) for […] Read more >