September 1, 2014

Growing a Greener GOP From the Ground Up

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 […]

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 […]