March 2021 – Latest Issue

A Third Special Issue: A Voice For Our Public Lands• From The Editor• Park Visitation, It’s a Tough Issue• A Challenging Example of Public Land Planning: Carrizo Plain National Monument• Protecting Public Lands: Can Conventional Planning Work?• Skill and Spirit: Teaching Field Geology On Public Lands Other articles• Clean Energy On Public Lands: Another Wave Is Here• Mojave Ranch Is Attracting Rare Species• Updates […]

PROTECTING PUBLIC LANDS

Can conventional planning work? by Stephen McCool IT WASN’T TOO LONG ago that I was sitting on the banks of the Rio Negro − a major tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil − reflecting on changes that are coming to that region. And like the Amazon Basin, change is coming to the California desert. […]

SKILL AND SPIRIT

Teaching field geology on public lands by Marli Miller SIX PAIRS OF EYES stared blankly at me. Cows. Amazing how big those creatures are, especially when you’re sitting on the ground ‒ so I was grateful they hadn’t already tried to share my tiny bit of shade. I stood up, shouldered my pack, and walked […]

GREEN ENERGY MEETS MINING BY DAVID VON SEGGERN

Thacker Pass, Nevada THE RECENTLY APPROVED (2/20/2020) Sierra Club policy “Mining and Mining Law Reform Policy (including minerals for Clean Energy)” states in its opening sentences: Mining by its very nature is a dirty business and highly disruptive of the nat­ural and human environment. It involves disturbing the terrestrial and/or marine environment with short term […]

NO PLACE TO HIDE

Living and dying in the desert BY ROBIN FLINCHUM : THE LAST TIME WE SAW our friend Jim he was riding off into the horizon, that delicate line where the never-ending blue sky meets the muted colors of the panoptic desert. In my memory now, he simply fades into a poof of bone colored dust […]

AN INTERVIEW WITH TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS

An environmentalist who writes from the heart :TERRY WAS BORN in 1955 in California into a family of Mormon faith. When she was two years of age, the family moved to Salt Lake City area where she spent most of her growing-up years. It was there that she experienced first-hand the unforeseen impact when the […]

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 […]

INCREASED VISITATION TO PUBLIC LANDS

BY BIRGITTA JANSEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE in visitation to public lands has become a major issue for the managers of these lands and for the land itself. There are many factors that have contributed to the use and in some places, overuse of public lands. Current trends are continuing to intensify. A closer look at […]

December 2020

A Second Special Issue: A Voice For Our Public Lands• An Interview With Terry Tempest Williams• America’s Federal Lands: The Significance of Administrative Rulemaking• Increased Visitation to Public Lands Other articles• The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program• More Popular Than Ever: Increased Visitation At CA Desert Nat’l Parks• There Are Better Alternatives: Massive Solar Next To Gold Butte NM• Conglomerate Mesa In […]