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Edna Lake in Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho

Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness

9/17/2014 // By Emily Lande

On September 3rd we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and this week, folks in DC are continuing that celebration in the only way we know how: by asking members of Congress to continue to […] Read more >

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

6/30/2014 // By Russell Bassett

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. Whether you’re a New Englander sightseeing in the Grand Canyon […] 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 >

Empire Bluff from the south. Flickr photo by Jim Sorbie.

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Gains Wilderness Protection

3/6/2014 // By Bentley Johnson

When you think of walking along a sandy beach at dusk with waves lapping at your feet, watching the sun dip below the horizon, you’re probably not picturing somewhere in northern Michigan.  But that is exactly the scene I was […] Read more >

Will New Interior Secretary Put Conservation On Equal Ground with Energy?

2/7/2013 // By Bentley Johnson

  On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Sally Jewell, CEO for the outdoor outfitter REI, as successor to Ken Salazar as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Conservation groups, senators and Western energy producers alike praised the selection […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup-November 30, 2012

11/30/2012 // By Mary Price

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Obama Administration Delivers on Longstanding Promise to the American People Drakes Estero Receives Full Wilderness Protection  November 29-The National […] Read more >

A photo I took in Acadia National Park in Maine last summer. A large portion of ME is included in the 100 mile zone.

“Border Bill” Waives Environmental Laws, Puts Wildlife and Public Land at Risk

6/18/2012 // By Jenny Kordick

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a package of public lands bills, including one highly controversial bill introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) that puts wildlife and wildlife habitat near our country’s borders in jeopardy. The provision, […] Read more >

Mr. Polar Bear Goes to Washington

11/22/2011 // By Bentley Johnson

Washington, DC got a rare sight this week — Arctic wildlife walking through our nation’s capitol.  If you were stuck in construction traffic on Constitution Avenue you may have caught sight of an Arctic Tern, a sandpiper, and yes, even […] Read more >