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A BORDER WALL IN THE JACUMBA WILDERNESS AREA

            Three Months of Construction, August 9, 2020 by Craig Deutsche. 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 Wilderness, the 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 […]

PUBLIC LAND: an INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVE

by Phil Bellfy, PhD Land as Sacred In the language of my people, the Ojibway of the Upper Great Lakes, the word “aki” refers to the land, the earth, the “dirt” of this planet, if you will. The city of Milwaukee derives its name from this word; Mino-aki, the “Pleasant Ground,” which has been Anglo-Saxonized […]

AN EVOLVING IDEA

The Perils and Promise of the Federal Landscape by Adam M. Sowards Many commentators view the United States and its Constitution as an experiment in democracy. And as an experiment, the nation remains forever unfinished, because democracy’s terms change when novel ideas arise, when results of the trial fall short or turn out different from […]

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 […]