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Martha Christensen 

(1932-2017)

     Wildland advocates in Wyoming lost a long-time supporter on March 19th when Martha Christensen passed away in Madison, Wisconsin.  She was 85 and had been a professor at the University of Wyoming for 26 years.  WWA Governing Council member Dennis Knight noted, "Martha was an avid outdoors person, backpacking into wilderness areas at every opportunity.  She was admired for her tenacity in evaluating the decisions of public land managers. In her many letters to the editor she asked for the protection of those few roadless areas that remain in our national forests.”  

    For many years Martha worked with WWA founder, and current Governing Council member, Bart Koehler, and later WWA Executive Director Liz Howell, and she was featured in two chapters of WWA’s book, Ahead of Their Time: Wyoming Voices for Wilderness. Copies of this book are available from our Sheridan office.  An obituary for Martha can be accessed at http://uwbotany.blogspot.com.

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January 27, 2018

Dear Friend and Supporter,

After much thought I have made the difficult decision to leave the Wyoming Wilderness Association. I will be returning to wildlife conservation work in mid-February.

My time with members like you, our staff, and Board of Directors has been rewarding and enlightening. Although threats to public wildlands are many and varied, WWA is stronger and more effective because you have added to our mission and programs...thank you.

I will be assisting when and where needed to ensure the leadership transition is smooth and efficient after my last day on 9 February.  And, of course, our staff and Board will continue the important work of wilderness advocacy across the state.

Thank you very much for making my time at WWA so enjoyable.

Sincerely,

Marco

December 6, 2016

Help us continue to show strong public opposition to the agenda to seize our national forests & other public lands

Your Presence is needed in Cheyenne - Wednesday, December 14th

What?  A sub-committee of the legislature's Select Federal Natural Resource committee is holding a public hearing on a constitutional amendment to pave the way for state takeover

 of our public lands.

When?  Wednesday, December 14th, 2 - 5 p.m.

Where?  Jonah Business Center, Rm. L-54; 3001 E. Pershing Blvd., Cheyenne, WY.

Why?  This bill continues the extremist agenda to promote public land transfer to the state.  Contrary to what the proponents say, this draft legislation leaves the door wide open for sale of our public lands and loss of public access.

Who?  You! We need people to attend this meeting and speak out against this land grab agenda.

Free and Open to the Public:

Citizen Lobbyist Orientation for the Committee Hearing

Laramie County Public Library - Willow Room

2200 Pioneer Ave, Cheyenn...

Adobe Town in Wyoming's southern Red Desert is a reminder of the fragility of wilderness. | Photo courtesy Erik Molvar

It’s hard to understand the entirety of the Red Desert. Its immensity, geologic history, and ecology tell a tale too long for a thousand lifetimes.  I’ve spent a good portion of this summer in the Red Desert hiking, leading outings, and exploring. Each time I travel a new road, wandering down unknown labyrinthine passages, I am reminded of the complexity of this landscape. The endless towers and embankments of mudstone, carved by timeless forces, overwhelm the senses and strain the rational faculty that orders the phenomena of nature.

Recently I experienced such an effect when exploring a small corner of the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area, located in the southern Red Desert.  Trailing the sun, I drove my car for what seemed like countless hours through the meandering dirt roads.  Like most roads in the Red Desert, it ended at an abandoned well site. A barren patch of s...

October 11, 2016

WWA has just wrapped our third year of our Young Ambassadors for Wilderness (YAW) program with great success thanks to our highly engaged youth participants, our talented volunteer lesson leaders, and enthusiastic community support from local businesses and agencies.

This year's YAW lessons and outings included nature sketching, Native American land stewardship, meditative practices to unplug in nature, a 4-day backpacking trip through the Cloud Peak Wilderness, many day hikes in recommended wilderness and other public lands, and geological history encompassing many of Wyoming’s public wild places, from the Tetons to Devils Tower.

Your  annual donations to YAW enable us to continually augment the programming and teach more youth how to advocate for our wild lands. Thank you! We look forward to next year's program and plenty more wild lessons and adventures. 

October 11, 2016

 Wyoming's Red Desert | Photo courtesy EcoFlight

Threats to public lands that belong to all Americans continue to arise on multiple fronts.

  

In the U.S. Congress, bills regularly crop up that propose a range of alarming changes to management of our public lands, most commonly transfer of federal public lands to state control, which the Wyoming Wilderness Association believes could lead to disastrous consequences. 

  

In the Wyoming legislature earlier this year, two bills were proposed that alarmed advocates for wild public lands. One bill sought to open up closed trails and roads, and another bill sought to transfer federal public lands to state control and sell them off to the highest bidder. Thankfully both bills failed introduction due to large outcry from our conservation partners and members!   

  

However, a new legislative session is upon us. With the downturn in the energy industry and thus Wyoming’s economy, it will become increasingly tempting for our leg...

October 11, 2016

The Wyoming Wilderness Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, is charging ahead with a study of over-snow vehicle use (OSV) in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area (WSA) near Jackson. Our data will provide critical information about the activities that impinge on the Palisades’ spectacular wilderness characteristics.

  

This ongoing monitoring study began in winter 2016 and will continue for the foreseeable future. We will compile and analyze the data gleaned over successive winters and produce a report to aid the Bridger-Teton National Forest in making informed decisions regarding the upcoming revision of the B-T Forest Management Plan, slated for 2018.

Furthermore, this data will also help us as we monitor the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative process in Teton County and advocate for protection of the area's wild lands. 

A committee of stakeholders representing agriculture, logging, conservation, motorized and non-motorized u...

October 11, 2016

The Bighorn Forest Roadless Collaborative (BFRC) was formed this summer in response to the Governor’s Task Force on Forests, which recommends assessing roadless areas in each forest.    

Because the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule (RACR) bans building new roads and limits timber harvesting, the collaborative has been tasked with reconciling a discrepancy between the Bighorn National Forest’s 2005 Forest Plan and the RACR in a 126,000-acre area of the forest. It will also focus on logging and the accompanying road status of more than half the 1.1 million acres of the BNF that are in Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs). The BNF’s 2005 Forest Plan designated half of its “suitable timber” areas inside IRA boundaries.

Members of the collaborative will determine which areas are suitable for Wilderness designation, which should be released from roadless, and which should remain roadless. WWA holds a conservation seat on this collaborative. To contribute public comment, go to h...

October 11, 2016

 Photo taken from Wyoming County Commissioner's Association website.

The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative continues to progress with, to date, seven county advisory committees deliberating the fate of Wyoming’s 45 Wilderness Study Areas, 700,000 acres of federal lands that retain their primeval character and are managed to preserve their natural condition.   

The goal of the WPLI is to forward a major lands package to U.S. Congress that delineates the status of WSAs, be it release for development or wilderness designation.  Committees comprised of conservationists, agriculture and energy representatives, motorized users and more must reach a consensus about the fate of each WSA within their county before combining recommendations into one large bill. 

As the WPLI continues to unfold we must ask ourselves if it is shaping into a truly impartial and sensible process. What is the value of a lands bill that might, for example, recommend 10 wilderness areas at the expense of 35?...

October 11, 2016

The Wyoming Wilderness Association is excited to launch our Wild Wyo blog! We look forward to sharing tidbits about our work to protect Wyoming's public wild lands, as well as valuable news from our conservation partners. 

There is a lot happening right now in the realm of wild lands conservation in Wyoming. In addition to our ongoing work in our campaign areas -- the Shoshone, Bighorn, and Bridger-Teton National forests and BLM Wild Lands -- WWA is also engaged in two collaborative processes that will both result in management recommendations to state and national officials. 

The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative, launched in December 2015, is a county-led effort to examine Wyoming's 45 Wilderness Study Areas and recommend management designations for these wild lands. Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) comprise 700,000 acres of federal lands that retain their primeval character and are managed to preserve their natural condition. Designations could range from release for development to additio...

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