Newsletter - Your Wilderness - February 2006 February 02, 2006 11:30 AM
Alaska Coalition BLM Lands Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently manages 86 million acres of land in Alaska—more than the National Park Service and the Forest Service combined. BLM lands include habitat for many endangered and threatened species and spectacular venues for traditional outdoor recreation. Yet these ecological gems are all but unknown to most of the nation, having been eclipsed by other conservation concerns around the state. Over the next few years, however, the BLM is working to develop comprehensive land management plans covering many of the acres it administers in every corner of Alaska.
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Father of the Wilderness Act: Howard Zahniser at 100 – and a Terrific New Biography
Few individuals have had a greater impact on the American landscape—for the better—with less public recognition than Howard Zahniser, architect of the Wilderness Act and the chief strategist/lobbyist who secured its enactment by Congress in 1964. Today, that historic environmental law protects 106,619,199 acres in 680 wilderness areas on the public lands in 44 states. This is close to five percent of all the land in the United States. And year after year, Congress applies this law to protect more.
It didn’t take long for things to get rolling this year, even though the President’s State of the Union speech wasn’t until this week, and Congress is only now officially getting underway for the year.
In New Mexico, a poll of residents in southern Dona Ana County found a clear majority support a citizen-backed wilderness proposal for 300,000 acres – a third more than the state’s senior senator has publicly put forward.
In Arizona, the Campaign for America's Wilderness is helping with an advertising campaign, including Spanish versions, featuring local residents who support protection of their public lands. Wilderness is America’s common ground.
For California’s Eastern Sierra, Colorado’s Browns Canyon, South Dakota’s Buffalo Grasslands, and Washington’s Wild Sky, similar efforts are underway to protect in perpetuity lands that people cherish and wish to hand down.
What this means is that 2006 will be a very busy year. Staying abreast with this newsletter and, at key junctures, pitching in with your letters and phone calls will help make this as productive as 2005.
With your help, saving a greater natural legacy for future generations is within our grasp in these and other special wild places.
For the wild,
Valle Vidal - A Gift Worth Protecting
Two dozen years ago, the American people were given a beautiful and prec
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wild gift from the Pennzoil Company – 100,000 acres across a wildlife-rich mountain basin in the heart of northern New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In giving this private land to the U.S. Forest Service – the largest such land donation in the agency’s history – Pennzoil stipulated that the area, Valle Vidal (what the Indians and Spanish referred to as “The Valley of Life”) would be managed to protect its important wildlife. Part of the Carson National Forest, the Valle Vidal is home to the state’s largest elk herd, as well as mountain lion, mule deer, black bear, bald eagles and Rio Grande cutthroat trout – the state fish..Read More>>
Wilderness bills gain momentum as second session of 109th Congress begins
Building on momentum from the creation of three brand-new wilderness areas for New Mexico, Utah and Puerto Rico in 2005, wilderness advocates are continuing to push for additional congressional action this year on bills for California, Washington, Virginia and Idaho, and are working with leaders in Congress to help them introduce legislation for Arizona, West Virginia, Oregon, New Mexico and other states.
This Tax Season, Give a Gift to Wild Places
Even though April 15th may not be right around the corner, tax season will be here soon enough. At tax time this year, why not do something great for wilderness at the same time you tackle this annual chore?
The Campaign for America's Wilderness has partnered with Frontier Tax Solutions to offer the Taxes2Charity program to our online wilderness community. Taxes2Charity allows individuals to prepare and file their state and federal tax returns online at a special website for the Campaign for America's Wilderness. The cost to you is $39.95.
File your taxes online!
Kurt Kuznicki – Reno, NV
If you let him, Kurt Kuznicki will talk about wilderness for hours. A field superintendent in the construction industry from Reno, Nevada, Kurt has been involved with the conservation movement for several years. Married, with two children, he’s become one of the great volunteers working to protect Nevada’s last remaining lands.
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