Trump to Order Review of More Than 50 National Monuments

The word is that on Wednesday (April 26, 2017), President Trump will order a “review” of more than 50 National Monument designations covering more than a billion (yes, with a B) acres of public lands. Trump will do this via an Executive Order that directs the Department of the Interior to examine every national monument […]

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Help Protect Southeast New Mexico’s Wild Chihuahuan Desert

Last year I was lucky enough to work with Joelle Marier of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance as a conservation photographer on her project to protect the wildlands of south-eastern New Mexico. Now we have an update from Joelle on the work she is doing in the region. (All photos by Jim O’Donnell) ~ ~ ~ […]

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Public Lands Action in Taos, New Mexico

On a weekday morning at 11am about 400 people gathered at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company in Taos, New Mexico to support public lands. “The National Monument is one of the best deals ever made,” said the Taos Pueblo War Chief, Curtis Sandoval. “Not just for us Native Americans but for anyone who enjoys freedom.” […]

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The Valle Vidal Geographic Area Proposal – Carson National Forest

A little more than 10 years ago the Valle Vidal Protection Act was signed into law by then-President Bush.  The act permanently protected the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico from oil and gas development. Now, the Carson National Forest is revising their forest management plan. This is a […]

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican, has introduced a bill to permanently eliminate the EPA …that is the agency dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. I wrote last week that The Trump Administration is working to cut the EPA in half and potentially starve it […]

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World Wetland Day – the Wetland Jewels of Northern New Mexico

Today is World Wetlands Day. Wetlands are lands saturated with water all or part of the year. We know them by many different names. Marshes, bogs, swamps, morass, muskegs, sloughs, fens, fenlands, bayous and boglands.   I’m a big lover of wetlands. They are some of the worlds most productive ecosystems. Wetlands support an incredible […]

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For Sale! : America’s Public Lands are on the Market – Action

UPDATE: February 2, 2017: Proof that all your calls and letters to Congress actually have an impact. Last night, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz withdrew his odious public lands disposal bill. He still has awful stuff out there and will not stop attacking public lands but this is a big win for us. He bowed under pressure from […]

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Attacking the EPA is Attacking Clean Air, Clean Water and You

A year and a half ago my kids and I were on our way to explore Mesa Verde National Park when we ran across an orange river. You’ve heard about it. The Animas River was poisoned by a spill of mine waste from the Gold King mine near Leadville, Colorado. I wrote this at the […]

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Now it is National Monuments Under Attack

The Republican attack on America’s public lands and our nation’s most important environmental laws continues. Now, some radical Utah legislators are pushing President Trump to reverse the Bears Ears National Monument designation and radically amend the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, declared nearly a generation ago.   “We want to downsize some of […]

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Republicans Want to Make the Endangered Species Act Extinct

Last week we learned the Republicans are setting the stage to give away public lands such as National Parks, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas and Wildlife Refuges. This week we learn that the Endangered Species Act is also on the chopping block: In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll […]

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Republicans Move to Give Away National Parks and Public Lands

Day one in the new Congress? House Republicans set the stage to give away the public lands that belong to ALL Americans. That includes National Parks, Wilderness areas, National Monuments and more: A new rule, written by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), establishes as fact that any legislation to dispose of public lands and natural […]

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On The Wild Road – Wildlife Conservation Tourism in the Rockies – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my roundup of The Wild Road Expedition. Let’s just jump right back in with a few more Yellowstone National Park shots! Part 1 of the Wild Road Expedition Roundup can be found here. ~ ~ ~ The Wild Road Expedition was an activist’s journey. The goal of the tour was/is […]

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