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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 […]