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House Appropriations Committee proposes highest funding in decades for local parks

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2020 — The House Appropriations Committee today released a full committee report outlining fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, which includes a significant funding increase to local parks through the Outdoors Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). The committee report includes $100 million for the ORLP, which is a $75 million increase over last […]

Posted inRegional

Wilderness Society joins outdoor partners asking the Tahoe National Forest to reverse its decision to allow motorized bikes on non-motorized trails

September 13, 2019 – The Tahoe National Forest recently permitted “Class 1” electric mountain bikes (E-MTBs) on over 130 miles of trails that had been reserved for hiking and other non-motorized uses. This, despite the fact that Tahoe already has some 2,500 miles of trails and roads available for motorized uses. The decision came on […]

Posted inOp-Ed

Jamie Williams: Congress fails to save nation’s most effective conservation program

WASHINGTON, September 28, 2018  –  Congress has failed to preserve America’s most effective conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire at midnight on Sunday. Statement from Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society It’s simply inexcusable that Congress would fail to save the nation’s most effective conservation program. Every day this 54-year-old […]

Posted inCalifornia

Max Greenberg: Poll: Pacific Northwest voters value clean water and protecting old-growth forests

Oct. 27, 2016 – A new survey suggests that a revised plan managing millions of acres of forest in the Pacific Northwest would be more likely to meet with the approval of local residents if it safeguards clean drinking water, old-growth forests and outdoor recreation opportunities. Released by The Wilderness Society on Oct. 25, the poll gauged public opinion in Washington, Oregon and Northern California on an updated […]

Posted inEnviro

Report chronicles vandalism and reckless off-road damage to Nevada’s Gold Butte region

Aug. 19, 2016 – A new report documents damage to Nevada’s Gold Butte area, including extensive vandalism of historic and cultural sites and reckless off-road vehicle use. Released on Aug. 18, the report documents the most recent disturbances of sensitive wildlife habitat and historical and cultural sites in an area long in need of permanent […]