Public Lands Defense

The Trump administration using coronavirus to accelerate destruction of environment
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The administration has shown surprising cunning in its ability to exploit the COVID-19 situation at every turn in many different arenas. From our viewpoint as public lands defenders, the Trump…

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Forest Service curbs key conservation projects
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Congress approved $34.4 million in the most recent federal budget deal to fund 17 projects designed to acquire lands important for wildlife, recreation and other purposes in the American West…

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CalWild advocates for endangered listing of mountain lion and others
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During the week of April 13th, the California Fish and Game Commission (the commission) acted towards protecting several species under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). CalWild was one of…

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Announcing our 2020 Top 5 Threats
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Each year CalWild takes a hard look at what is coming down the pike threatening California’s public lands. In the last two years, the Trump administration has become much more…

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2019 Top 5 Threats Updates
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These five places were among the most threatened public lands in California for 2019 as identified by CalWild. Ranging from wild rivers to dry deserts, from the far northern mountain…

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The Attempt to Dismantle the Bureau of Land Management
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On August 15, 2019, the Department of Interior (DOI) announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would begin implementing a plan to move its Headquarters from Washington, D.C. to…

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Executive Director’s Report, August 2019
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By Chris Morrill, Executive Director The summer is a great time for getting out and escaping the demands of public life. For many of us, spending time in the solitude…

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EVENT: Public Meetings for Sierra Forest Plans in Bakersfield and Clovis, August 20 and 21
EVENT: Public Meetings for Sierra Forest Plans in Bakersfield and Clovis, August 20 and 21 691 1024 California Wilderness Coalition

The public has until Sep. 26 to submit written comments in response to the Sierra and Sequoia National Forest draft plans that were recently released. But the first opportunity to…

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Cadiz Valley
SB 307 signed into law – effectively ending the ill-planned Cadiz water project
SB 307 signed into law – effectively ending the ill-planned Cadiz water project 1024 682 California Wilderness Coalition

Good news – actually great news!  Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 307 on July 31st. The bill prohibits removal of water from a groundwater basin (i.e., aquifer) underlying desert lands…

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Hydro Whack-A-Mole
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by Steve Evans, Wild Rivers Director Premier Energy has once again revised its Owens Valley Pumped Storage (OVPS) Project #1, possibly in response to public concerns about the previous project’s…

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