Andy Kerr

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

Private Lands

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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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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Defensible Space: The Best and Only Hope for the Homeowner In or Near a Forest

Defensible Space: The Best and Only Hope for the Homeowner In or Near a Forest

If one is going to live in or near a forest, one assumes a higher risk of fire. The best way to minimize that risk is to seriously and continually create and maintain defensible space. It’s not cheap. If it were, it would have been done already.

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Energy Exploitation on Federal Public Lands? Not!

Energy Exploitation on Federal Public Lands? Not!

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and I don’t agree on most public lands issues, including greater sage-grouse, national monuments, fossil fuel energy exploitation, and endangered species to name a few. But we do agree on at least one matter: Solar panels don’t belong on public lands.... While photovoltaic panels can happily and profitably live on roofs in town, bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, and sage-grouse cannot.

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