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HUNT Act Would Open Locked Public Lands

Recreating outdoors—whether you fish, hunt, hike, camp, or all of the above—is not only a ton of fun, it’s also good for you. There is considerable evidence the exercise involved …

Bill Dvorak, in the green shirt to the left, took Sen. Mark Udall, front right, on a river trip through Browns Canyon over the Fourth of July holiday. Photo by Luke Dvorak

Coloradans Want Browns Canyon to be the Next National Monument

For Bill Dvorak, permanent protection for southern Colorado’s Browns Canyon has been a long time coming. Dvorak is the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands organizer in Colorado He’s also one of …

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Smart Renewable Energy on Public Lands

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman Earlier this month, the EPA issued guidelines which would reduce coal generated power in each state by 6 percent over the next 15 years. This …

Take a Stand for Public Lands

  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 …

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Bright Future for Renewables on Public Lands

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 …

Hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the many values enjoyed by visitors to Western public lands like Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. (Photo by Russell Bassett)

Time to Go On Offense to Protect Our Cherished Public Lands

Unlike most every other country, America has a huge backyard. The federal public lands of the western United States are the equivalent of a giant commons that everyone can enjoy. …

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Wildlife Funding Diverted to Fight Wildfires

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 …

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

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, …

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

Today is Kids to Parks Day!

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 …

Wind turbines on public lands. Photo by Nic Callero.

Montana supports Public Lands and Renewable Energy

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. …

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