On November 2, Becca Clemons posted an article in the Los Angeles Times highlighting the booming development of oil and gas wells on the doorstep of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Teddy Roosevelt’s ranch in the North Dakota badlands. The impact of flaring gas wells and dust clouds from heavily used rural dirt roads forms the most visible battle
This Thursday, I will be attending what is being billed as Interior Sec. Sally Jewell’s first major speech on land conservation issues at the National Press Club. The speech comes just after the anniversary of her first six months on the job earlier this October. So what are my thoughts about Sally Jewell’s first six
Apparently not. Colorado Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office has just released their “final” (until the next one), San Juan Resource Management Plan (RMP) which continues to allow for oil and gas development in western La Plata County, near the boundary of Mesa Verde National Park and without proper safeguards to protect air
Jim Gale, a founding member of Park Rangers for Our Lands, was on a recent float trip through Dinosaur National Monument with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. The discussions centered on the issue of oil and gas leasing near the boundaries of national park areas like Dinosaur National Monument. And despite the divergence of views, the
When I left the National Park Service for the Bureau of Land Management back in 1998, the Clinton Administration’s makeover of that agency was in full swing. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit was establishing the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) with an eye toward making the BLM better stewards of the public lands they
By Jim Gale, founding member of Park Rangers for Our Lands In running the Green River, through the Gates of Lodore, Park Rangers for Our Lands envisioned another “Encounter with the Archdruid” type moment might be possible in hopes of drawing some focus to the threats to the national parks from oil and gas leasing.
Already it seems like a long time ago that we launched Park Rangers for Our Lands. In that last week of April, when we launched I talked to half a dozen reporters from a variety of organizations including National Geographic, AP, Reuters, Energy Wire. The following week we followed with another series of interviews in Denver and Grand
A new organization comprised of National Park Rangers introduced itself to the country, Monday. Park Rangers for Our Lands (PROL), the brainchild of leader Ranger Ellis Richard, will work to create public awareness of the threats America’s current drilling policies pose to National Parks. Richards created the organization after hearing numerous stories from rangers serving