America’s Federal Lands:

            The Significance of Administrative Rulemaking by David Rutherford, Associate Professor, University of Mississippi The plan is to get rid of public lands altogether, turning them over to the states, which can be coerced as the federal government cannot be, and eventually to private ownership. . . Nothing in history suggests that the states are … Continue reading America’s Federal Lands:

A BORDER WALL IN THE JACUMBA WILDERNESS AREA

            Three Months of Construction, August 9, 2020 by Craig Deutsche. Photo: Julio Morales Two and a half months of construction in the Jacumba Wilderness have produced several miles of a border wall, extensive environmental damage, a thicket of procedural and legal questions, and very few answers. Because vehicular traffic is prohibited in congressionally designated … Continue reading A BORDER WALL IN THE JACUMBA WILDERNESS AREA

NATIONAL PARKS: PAST PROGRESS, NEW CHALLENGES

The 40th Anniversary of the State of the Parks Report by Jon Jarvis, National Parks Director 2009−2017 Forty years ago, in May of 1980, the National Park Service (NPS) released a report to Congress that, for the first time, quantified the threats to the 326 units of the National Park System. The findings identified significant … Continue reading NATIONAL PARKS: PAST PROGRESS, NEW CHALLENGES

HIGH NOON ON THE MUDDY RIVER

Unsustainable Groundwater Extraction in Southern Nevada  by Patrick Donnelly The remote basins of the northern Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin are quite arid, but they also harbor remarkable aquatic biological diversity at isolated springs – oases in one of the driest places on earth. These springs, marshes, wetlands, creeks, and other surface water features … Continue reading HIGH NOON ON THE MUDDY RIVER

URBAN WILDERNESS COLLISION

            A Highway through Utah’s Red Cliffs National Conservation Area by Tom Butine, Board President, Conserve Southwest Utah Background Map 1. Location The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA), located in Washington County, Utah, was established in 2009 to conserve, protect and enhance threatened and endangered species that live there, as well as other congressionally-designated … Continue reading URBAN WILDERNESS COLLISION