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Bristol Bay, Alaska, is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run. Michael Melford photo for the Renewable Resources Foundation

You Are Making a Difference for Wild Salmon and Wild Places

3/18/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Salmon are amazing creatures. They are born in fresh water, migrate many miles to the ocean where they spend most of their life, and then return to the stream they were born to start the cycle of life over again. […] 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 >

Fishing is an excellent way for parents to connect with their children in nature. Photo by John Gale.

Go Fish: Celebrate National Wildlife Week by Going Fishing

3/14/2014 // By Russell Bassett

What are your plans for National Wildlife Week? This year’s theme for the March 17-23 celebration of all things wild is “Wildlife and Water: From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans.” With a theme like that, may I […] 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 >

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The State of The Rockies and Public Lands

2/14/2014 // By Ann Morgan

Once again, Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project has put its finger on the pulse of the West. Their recently released Conservation in the West Poll shows that voters want leaders who seek to protect public lands and the natural […] Read more >

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A Tale of Two Sportsmen’s Bills

2/11/2014 // By John W. Gale

With Congress these days, it can seem like the best of times and the worst of times. After years of relatively little legislative success, members of both chambers and on both sides of the political divide managed to construct and […] Read more >

A pair of wind turbines Flickr photo by Mike Atkins.

Renewable Energy and Public Lands

2/6/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman I was recently a participant in a National Wildlife Federation lobby day fly-in to Washington D.C. Not only was jetlag having effects of what felt like a 4:30 a.m. wake up call, but I had […] Read more >

Eclipse over the Continental Divide in Colorado. NWF staff photo by Ann Morgan.

A New Year’s Resolution for Congress: Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

12/30/2013 // By Ann Morgan

With all the end-of-year news stories, one of the most consistent headlines goes something like this: “113th Congress on pace to be least productive ever.”  However, the New Year is a time for hope, including the hope that Congress will listen […] Read more >

A bison surveys the herd from a ridge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.

Adopt an Icon of the American West: Help Bison Today

12/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For America’s bison, 2013 has been a pretty good year. And really, 2012 wasn’t too bad either. But for an animal with a history as profoundly sad as the bison’s, one good year (or even a couple) can be a […] Read more >

A  black-footed ferret hesitates before bolting into a burrow on a southern Colorado Ranch. Photo by Judith Kohler

Endangered Ferrets Find Refuge on Southern Colorado ranch

11/12/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Biologists and ranchers Gary and Georgia Walker walked around their pasture, scouting the prairie dog burrows that dot the land. They were looking for the right spots to release their endangered cargo: black-footed ferrets, one of the rarest mammals in North […] Read more >