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In Need of Wilderness Balance

Posted by Chandra LeGue at Jan 10, 2013 11:37 AM |

The Obama administration so far falls short on protecting Wilderness and other conservation measures.

In Need of Wilderness Balance

The Obama administration has leased 2.5 times more land to oil and gas as it has protected for conservation

Nearly four years ago, as President Obama entered his first term, conservationists had high hopes for the administration as it got off to a good start - signing Wilderness protections into law that included 202,000 acres of some of Oregon's natural treasures.

Since then, the administration - and Congress - has focused more on energy development on public lands than increased conservation.

A recent essay posted by The Center for American Progress calls out this major imbalance:


...[J]ust 2.6 million acres of public lands have been permanently protected during the Obama administration by both the president and Congress. ...

The number of acres protected over the last four years is far fewer than under President Obama’s four predecessors, including even President George W. Bush, who was condemned by environmentalists and the public for his dismal environmental record.

...[T]his administration has leased approximately 2.5 times more land to oil and gas companies than it has permanently protected for the American people and future generations to use for recreation, clean air and water, and historical purposes.

Rogue RiverWith well-vetted legislation proposed in previous Congresses for the Devil's Staircase, and Wild Rogue Wilderness areas, the Molalla Wild and Scenic River, and expansions to the Oregon Caves National Monument (among others that should be considered), it's time for the Obama administration and the 113th Congress to act to reintroduce, pass, and sign these bills which add permanent protections for some of Oregon's wildest and most treasured landscapes.

more wilderness peotection

Posted by jim yow at Jan 15, 2013 10:42 AM
rather than more oil and gas exploration we need to
begin to develop alternative fuels. The big gain to doing this (other than preventing more global warming) is that future generations will not have to go to a natural history museum in order to see trees. They should be able to see trees in their
natural setting and enjoy wilderness the way past
generations have. There is no purer experience.

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