Photo Credit: Sofia Jaramillo (@sofia_jaramillo5)
From Hilary Eisen, WWA Policy Director (1/31/2023)
Major Conservation Wins
On January 25, the Department of Agriculture announced that it was restoring protections for the Tongass National Forest. The Tongass is the nation’s largest National Forest and the world’s largest temperate rainforest. The 2020 Alaska “Roadless” Rule opened up 9.37 million acres of the Tongass to commercial logging and road building. Last week’s announcement capped several years of advocacy and policy work to protect roadless lands on the Tongass.
Speaking of long campaigns, just this morning the EPA blocked development of the Pebble Mine – not a campaign we’ve worked on but an important environmental win! The vast majority of our policy work takes years to come to fruition, and this past week illustrated the importance of patience and perseverance.
Protect Wintering Wildlife
Recently we’ve been working with partners in Colorado to develop a simple flyer to educate winter recreationists about the importance of protecting wintering ungulates, and steps anybody can take to reduce their potential impact on wildlife. While the hope is to grow this into a snazzier education campaign down the road, for now we’re in a “soft launch” phase and hoping to spread the message organically. Please consider sharing this blog post or the attached flyer with your supporters (posting the flyer in your local ski shops is also a good way to spread the message). Thank you!