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Proponents of H.R. 2728 say federal fracking rules aren't needed if states have their own regulations. Photo: Judith Kohler

Fracking Bill could Take the ‘Public’ Out of Federal Lands

7/31/2013 // By Judith Kohler

It’s about local control, say members of Congress who want the states, not the federal government, to regulate fracking on federal lands — those public lands that belong to all Americans. The House Natural Resources Committee is considering a bill that would bar the …

Fishing and other outdoor recreation on public lands is an important part of the economy. Photo: Lew Carpenter

Our Public Lands — The Gift that Keeps on Giving and Giving and…

7/30/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Yet one more report underscores how important conserving our nation’s public lands is to the country’s economy. The newest report is from our country’s largest landlord, the Interior Department. It outlines Interior’s economic contributions for fiscal 2012 — $371 billion to …

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Photograph Time in a Wetland Wonderland

7/12/2013 // By Anne Bolen

Just a few days are left for you to enter your photograph into this year’s National Wildlife Photo Contest. So if you are looking for a place to capture spectacular images of nature, try your local wetland. Some people might think …

Photo by Andrew Price

I Get UP! – In the Wilds of Michigan

7/10/2013 // By Mary Price

Many people know all about the mitt…and I’m not referring to the former governor turned Presidential candidate (though he was born here). The “mitt” that is Michigan is one of the most enduring monikers we have for an American state’s …

Vernal pool. Photo courtesy of flickr user marymactavish

Buy California Wine, Kill an Endangered Species

6/26/2013 // By Lara Bryant

This is part 2 of a blog about the recent farm bill debacle.  See part 1 here. And now, the story of a wealthy specialty crop lobby who publicly promote sustainability, but privately lobbied against one farm bill amendment so …

What Went Wrong with the Farm Bill?

6/21/2013 // By Lara Bryant

After the Senate easily passed a Farm Bill earlier in June, many thought the House of Representatives had the votes in the bag to pass their own version. For 2 years, I’ve been working on farm bill policy, and I’ve …

John Gale on a farm hunting

Spending Time on a Farm Made Me a Conservationist

6/14/2013 // By Carla Brown

Did time on a farm inspire you to care about wildlife and natural places? Check out these farm memories from National Wildlife Federation staff and volunteers, and then share your stories.

By Mark Benfield, Louisiana State University

Of Sea Monsters and Men

6/13/2013 // By Mary Price

A new video has hit the internet showing an extraordinary and rarely seen sea creature deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The oarfish video originally recorded in 2011, was recently released in conjunction with an explanation of the creature which appeared …

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Climate Change Spells Peril for Puffins (Updated)

6/4/2013 // By Mary Price

With its distinctive appearance, the Atlantic puffin has been endowed with colorful names—from “sea parrot” to “the clown of the sea,” and even “sea rooster.” Nicknames aside, these tuxedoed waddlers are causing increased concern and sounding a now all-too-familiar alarm …

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Let’s Talk Turkey: Conservation, Traditions, and Turkey Season

5/29/2013 // By Rachel Dawson

As the unofficial start of summer rolls in, and brings with it all the excitement of family barbeques and weekends in the sun, I’m actually pretty bummed.  For me, it’s much less the beginning of a new season—but the end …

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