August 24, 2016

Conservation is Conservative

A Sportsman Ponders Public Lands Management

Tony Hansen writes in Outdoor Life about alternatives to liquidating federal lands in the West. “In the paper, professors Bob Keiter and John Ruple outline five basic causes of frustration—not the least of which is the fragmentation of land by multiple land management agencies (think BLM vs. Forest Service, etc.) and the seemingly conflicting management […]


Western public lands are a hot topic these days. In Idaho, there is a Republican state legislator by the name of Merrill Beyeler, a rancher by trade. Beyeler offers some common sense conversation about western lands issues, framed in the perspective of a rancher, a Republican, and a conservationist. “It’s a tragedy for the West,” […]


ConservAmerica Executive Director and Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke

Writing in the Billings Gazette, Montana’s first term Republican congressman, Ryan Zinke, said: “Whether you’re a kid growing up in Baltimore or Bozeman, LWCF makes this country a good place for all. Congress has made a lot of promises to future generations; let’s not make the LWCF another broken promise.” His entire column at the […]

Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress in 1965 with strong bipartisan support. LWCF was supposed to receive $900 million each year from offshore oil and gas royalties. In past decades, the fund has rarely been fully funded–in fact, it has received just a fraction of its due for many, many years. […]

Republican House passes another wilderness bill

Rep. Mark Amodei meeting with USFS staff.

Kudos to Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) who sponsored and fought diligently to pass the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act. The Act is just the second wilderness bill to pass congress since 2009, and the second this year under GOP leadership. The bill designates 26,000 acres of wilderness within the Blue Lakes and […]

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Rob and Theresa Sisson at the Murie Cabin.

Today is the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. Olaus and Mardy Murie were among the small group of wilderness advocates who met regularly at their Moose, Wyoming cabin to write and promote The Wilderness Act. The Murie Ranch, a national historic site, is part of Grand Teton National Park. Our president, Rob Sisson, reflects […]

Wilderness in the Great Lakes Region

Continuing our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, click below to read our pdf list of every Great Lakes region wilderness areas created by Republican presidents. Great Lakes

Arizona–Let’s Get Wild!

The national celebration of the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary is fast approaching this fall. Between now and then, ConservAmerica will feature wilderness areas signed into law by GOP presidents on a state-by-state basis. First up, Arizona! Click Arizona Wilderness Areas Protected by GOP Presidentsfor the full PDF list—and you lucky Arizonans–it is a long list!

Rep. Fitzpatrick Leads on LWCF

“Polling has found that fully 85 percent of the American people say that Congress should honor its commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.” Read Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick’s news release on the Land and Water Conservation Fund here. Thank you, Congressman Fitzpatrick, for working to protect our natural resources for our own enjoyment […]

Peak Season Travels

Sisson family at top of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park.

My family rolled across the fertile farmlands of Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska last week in route to our favorite vacation spot—Grand Teton National Park. When our sons were younger, we would spend the week before Labor Day there (by law, school cannot start in Michigan until after Labor Day). In late August, when most of […]