July 23, 2014

Growing a Greener GOP From the Ground Up

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 […]

Independence Day: Public Lands and Liberty

Flag at Eielson Visitor Center, Denali National Park. Photo: wikimedia commons

Independence Day: Public Lands and Liberty As Americans head to cottages, campgrounds, lakes, and parks to celebrate Independence Day, ConservAmerica remembers why we’ve protected and passed public lands on to generations of Americans. There has been much reporting in recent weeks about the rekindling of the Sagebrush Rebellion and western lawmakers calling for federal lands […]

This Land IS Your Land

Renewal of Sagebrush Rebellion sentiment in certain pastures has myopic legislators at local, state, and federal levels calling for local control over federal lands west of the Mississippi. Well… All that land was acquired by the United States of America through conquest, treaty, and purchase when 99.9% of Americans lived east of the Alleghenies. The […]

Oscar Simpson Honored by BHA

Oscar Simpson

Bill Wiley, a leading voice for ConservAmerica in New Mexico, reports Oscar Simpson, a long time member of ConservAmerica, has been recognized with the 2014 Aldo Leopold Award by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This prestigious award honors Oscar for his work getting the Rio Grande Del Norte, Organ Mts & Valle Vidal wilderness areas into […]

Growing Support for Full Funding for LWCF

By Rob Sisson, City Commissioner and Former Mayor, Sturgis, MI (and president of ConservAmerica) The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established with broad support of Congress in 1965. Congress established annual funding at $900 million–though in recent years its funding has been a fraction of that amount. The source of LWCF funding is royalty […]

Benishek’s wilderness bill first since 2009

Dan Benishek

Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-1) was sponsor of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Wilderness bill which passed the House last week and was signed into law by President Obama yesterday (March 13, 2014). It is a remarkable accomplishment–the first wilderness bill passed and signed into law since 2009. That’s Republican conservation leadership! Thank you Rep. […]

Barry Goldwater and the Archdruid

Barry Goldwater  during an interview at his home in December, 1988.

Years after fighting to approve the Glen Canyon Dam, conservative/libertarian icon Barry Goldwater said: “What have we done to this beautiful desert, to our wild rivers? All that dam building on the Colorado, across the West, was a big mistake. What in the world were we thinking?” The LA Times wrote about Goldwater’s change of […]

Senator Kirk introduces new national park bill

Official Portrait

Long-time friend Mark Kirk (R-IL) has introduced legislation to create an unique national park in the Chicago area. Read about the proposed Pullman National Historic Park on the Senator’s website.

Ode to Wilderness

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the The Wilderness Act. The incomparable writer, Hal Herring, pays homage to wilderness is this wonderful Field & Stream piece: “This year my wife and children and I will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in the Scapegoat, which is closest to where we live, heading […]

Republicans Push for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Last week, a group of Republicans in Congress sent a letter to Chairman Calvert of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. “We are writing to emphasize the high priority we and other members of our conference place on resolving the funding challenges facing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s […]