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Wildfire Season in Full Swing

7/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Wildfire season is in full swing and states across the West are starting to feel the burn. From the over 20,000 acre Mills Canyon fire in Washington to a wildfire in a remote Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National Forest in California, sparks are …

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Bright Future for Renewables on Public Lands

7/2/2014 // By Frank Sturges

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 to be auctioned, and a shining symbol of the potential …

Sportsmen, especially those that duck hunt and fish, are a vitally important voice that must be engaged to enact the proposed Clean Water Act rule.  Photo by Steve Woodruff (NWF Staff)

Stand with Sportsmen and Conservationists for Clean Water

7/1/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Whether you’re an angler, hunter or wildlife viewer — or, perhaps like many of us, are all three — you understand the importance of watery habitats for wildlife.  These habitats not only include the obvious, such as larger rivers and …

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 …

Headwaters of the Little Blackwater River. Flickr photo by Ken Sturm/USFWS.

Dirtying the Clean Water Act

6/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

The scene in the House Natural Resources Committee room was tense. The Subcommittee on Water and Power was holding a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule, but by the sound of things the subcommittee was preparing …

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Don’t Let Congress Silence Sportsmen

6/26/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Public land use is a balancing act. Developing oil and gas resources on public lands requires careful planning and robust conversations. Hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts depend on public lands for outstanding outdoor experiences and these sportsmen contribute significantly to …

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Obama Administration Takes Major Step Forward for Offshore Wind Power in Massachusetts

6/17/2014 // By Amber Hewett

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the federal government is kicking off the leasing process for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area with plans to hold an auction by the end of the year.

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Wildlife Funding Diverted to Fight Wildfires

6/17/2014 // By Frank Sturges

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 they are now being cared for at the Alaska Zoo. …

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Restoration Funding Bill Dies in La. Senate Committee

6/4/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

A bill that was meant to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration and Protection Fund (Coastal Fund) quietly died before it hit the Senate floor in Baton Rouge. Louisiana House Bill 490 (HB490), a bill that received unanimous support in the House, …

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Would You Want to Cross a Freeway in LA? Neither Do Mountain Lions…Let’s Help Them Out

5/22/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

When young mountain lions in the hills of Southern California venture out to find their own territory, they come up against the daunting prospect of crossing as many as ten lanes of freeway traffic that cut through their home range. …

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