Andy Kerr

Conservationist, Writer, Analyst, Operative, Agitator, Strategist, Tactitian, Schmoozer, Raconteur

The Other Anti-Public-Lands Constituency: Left-Wing Extremists

The Other Anti-Public-Lands Constituency: Left-Wing Extremists

The conservation community must now also contend with an emerging existential threat to the nation’s public lands posed by fringe groups of left-wing crazies who seek to tribalize public lands.

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The Hard Case of Hardrock Mining Reform (Part 2): Conservation Areas in Which to Just Say No

The Hard Case of Hardrock Mining Reform (Part 2): Conservation Areas in Which to Just Say No

While the how, when, where, and why of mining on federal public lands is important (see Part 1), at least as important is where notto mine on federal public lands. These include places where the public’s interest in the conservation of natural, historical, and cultural values outweighs the value of any minerals that might be had, places that have been reserved for the benefit of this and future generations rather than for the benefit of today’s corporation.

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The Hard Case of Hardrock Mining Reform (Part 1): Where Done, If It Cannot Be Done Right, Then Do It the Least Wrong

The Hard Case of Hardrock Mining Reform (Part 1): Where Done, If It Cannot Be Done Right, Then Do It the Least Wrong

Today anybody, including foreign companies (as long as they own a domestic corporate shell), can enter most federal public lands and stake a claim, which the government treats as a right to mine. The government cannot say no to such hardrock mining, no matter how inappropriate.

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Wither the Wild Rogue?

Wither the Wild Rogue?

When Representative Greg Walden (R-2nd-OR) hears “the Rogue,” he happily dreams of the roar of chainsaws. But now Walden is down and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-4th-OR) is up, and the stars have aligned to save the Wild Rogue. You can help.

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Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam

Grasslands get little respect. So easily are they converted to agriculture that grasslands are the least protected biome on Earth.

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Trump Signs DeFazio-Walden-Wyden-Merkley Bill Giving Away 50 Square Miles of Federal Public Land in Oregon

Trump Signs DeFazio-Walden-Wyden-Merkley Bill Giving Away 50 Square Miles of Federal Public Land in Oregon

A bill that gives away 32,261 acres of federal public land in Oregon has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. The new owners are expected to intensively log and road their new holdings.

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Half of the National Environmental Policy Act is a Dead Letter

Half of the National Environmental Policy Act is a Dead Letter

If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes to pave over the Earth, NEPA, in and of itself, will not stop them. All the Army has to do is prepare an environmental impact statement that considers a reasonable range of alternatives, proposes reasonable and prudent mitigation measures and fully discloses to the public the impact.

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Go Take a Hike: The National Trails System at Fifty

Go Take a Hike: The National Trails System at Fifty

In 1965, in a message to Congress, President Lyndon Johnson said, “We can and should have an abundance of trails for walking, cycling, and horseback riding, in and close to our cities. In the backcountry we need to copy the great Appalachian Trail in all parts of America.”

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How US Public Lands Can Help Save the Climate and Ourselves

How US Public Lands Can Help Save the Climate and Ourselves

Rather than limiting ourselves to the micro and at the margin, the public lands conservation community must go for the macro and at the core.

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As the Courts Change, So Must Public Lands Conservation Look More to Congress (Part 2)

As the Courts Change, So Must Public Lands Conservation Look More to Congress (Part 2)

What is necessary is nothing less than a near-total reinvention of the environmental movement—not in what we stand for but in how we work.

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