It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.
Wilderness areas are defined by law as places where "the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man." The whitebark pine, which grows mainly in wilderness, face the possibility of extinction. Many of the tree’s threats are connected to human-caused climate change.
When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.
Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking -- deep in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. For backcountry enthusiasts, frustration is mounting over the state of disrepair of recreational trails in wilderness areas.
Longstanding proposals to protect rivers and forests in Oregon as wilderness areas have been reintroduced in Congress by Oregon's two senators.
The House Resources and Conservation Committee introduced a resolution Monday focused on clean up of Idaho's Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness' trail system, an area damaged by years of wildfires.
A federal appeals court panel heard a challenge Friday to Idaho’s roadless rule. Environmental groups argued the rule gives the Forest Service too much flexibility to build new roads.
A proposal to create a new wilderness area in the Northwest took a step forward today when a pair of Washington lawmakers introduced their Wild Olympics legislation.
The Wild Olympics proposal has been modified to gain more support for preserving wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula.
ABERDEEN, Wash. — Grays Harbor County commissioners have sent a letter to Sen. Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks asking them to drop any Wild Olympics legislation that would restrict logging and recreation on the Olympic Peninsula.
EUGENE, Ore. -- For the third year, Oregon lawmakers have been attempting to push through legislation designating the area around the Devil’s Staircase as Wilderness. Today a House committee in Washington, DC heard testimony about the proposal.