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The Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico are the anchor of a new national monument. Photo by John Gale

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Established From the Grassroots Up

5/21/2014 // By Judith Kohler

People from all backgrounds and political leanings have really put the “public” in “public lands” in New Mexico. For more than a decade, ranchers, business owners, church and civic leaders, Native Americans, sportsmen and women, wildlife advocates, hikers, campers, politicians […] Read more >

Bear Mountain State Park, one of my favorite local parks.  Photo by Dave Overcash.

Today is Kids to Parks Day!

5/17/2014 // By Adeline Rolnick

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, we didn’t have easy access to what everyone thinks of as America’s iconic parks—getting to Yellowstone or Yosemite required a long plane ride, and we were much more likely […] Read more >

Wind turbines on public lands. Photo by Nic Callero.

Montana supports Public Lands and Renewable Energy

5/7/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman This week, Senator John Walsh signed on as co-sponsor of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 279). This demonstrates several things to Montanans. First, Sen. Walsh supports smart development of renewable energy in […] Read more >

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What’s Good for the Grouse is Good for the Grandeur … and Big Game Hunting

5/6/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Due to its decreased numbers and status as a warranted species for Endangered Species Act listing, the greater sage grouse is no longer a popular game species. Some Western states do still offer very limited hunts on sage grouse, but in […] Read more >

South Park is one of the areas affected by the Colorado Bureau of Land Management's policy of not offering oil and gas leases while a master leasing plan is being written. (c)Colorado Wildlife Federation/Suzanne O'Neill. 201

New Public Lands Policies Could Mean Better On-the-Ground Practices

4/21/2014 // By Judith Kohler

The National Wildlife Federation and its partners in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition have been urging the Interior Department to fully implement its promised reforms of oil and gas leasing on public lands since the agency announced the […] Read more >

The golden eagle is one of the species threatened by coal mining in the west. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Doug Pfeil.

The Carbon Impact of Coal Exports

4/9/2014 // By Mollie Simon

This week, NWF released an issue brief entitled “Accounting for Carbon Pollution from Coal Mining on Federal Lands” which looks at the overall carbon impact of the coal being leased and exported from public lands. In primarily western states like […] Read more >

Wind turbines in Montana. Flickr photo by Mark Stevens.

Can Congress Renew Hope for Renewable Energy Development?

4/2/2014 // By Guest Author

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 57 bills into law, the lowest count in history. Much […] Read more >

Wedding Canyon, in Colorado National Monument. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Carolyn Malone.

Antiquities Act Attack Latest Affront to Sportsmen

3/25/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you are an avid angler, only go fishing occasionally, or have fished just a time or two, you likely remember the first fish you caught. I can’t remember the first time I watched the television show Knight Rider or […] Read more >

Point Arena-Stornetta along California's Mendocino coastline has been added to the California Coastal National Monument. Flickr photo by BLM California.

Obama Uses Pen to Protect California Shoreline: More on Way?

3/16/2014 // By Judith Kohler

President Barack Obama promised in his State of the Union address to use his authority to protect “more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” to get around congressional resistance to new wilderness areas, national parks and monuments. So […] Read more >

Rebecca Brown, left, poses with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell with the Washington Monument in the background. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann/DOI

DOI Secretary Jewell Meets the Future: the Next Corps of Conservationists

3/11/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sees fostering the next generation of conservationists as a priority.  In a speech last fall, Jewell said it’s critical to establish meaningful connections between young people and the outdoors for “the health of our economy and […] Read more >