A letter from Policy Director Hilary Eisen on the work we’ve been doing this month: forest planning in California and Alaska, Climb the Hill, winter travel planning in the Plumas National Forest, and more.
SnowSchool has long been a bridge for students to connect snow science and winter recreation. This year, thanks to a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) SnowEx program, we’re excited to add a citizen science element that will give our students a role in helping scientists do the important work of measuring and monitoring the snowpack.
The 15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival will be screening documentaries and ski movies about athletic pursuit in the mountains, artistic vision, friendship, and how the snowsports community is adapting to a changing environment. Premiering in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, Oct 25 at The Egyptian Theatre, the Backcountry Film Festival will be traveling to mountain towns across the country and the world throughout the fall and winter.
The Plumas National Forest strikes a balance for winter recreation in the over-snow vehicle plan, carrying on a long legacy of backcountry skiing in the Lost Sierra.
I climbed a number of hills this month: after Capitol Hill, I went to the Wind River range for some backcountry climbing. And throughout it all, we have been planning the 8th Biennial Grassroots Advocacy Conference.
In response to the proposed revisions to their NEPA regulations, we sent the U.S. Forest Service a 12-page letter outlining in detail our critiques and comments about their revisions. Our most pressing concern is how far the Forest Service goes to scale back public engagement and environmental analysis.
We, and the rest of the world, are outraged by the fires in the Amazon. Besides eating less Brazilian beef and donating to environmental NGOs that protect the Amazon, there’s really not much we can do.
But there is something we can do to save the world’s largest temperate rain forest: Alaska’s 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest, which is also facing imminent threats of destruction.