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Listening to Zinke: The Landscape Ahead?

At his confirmation hearing on January 17, 2017, Representative Ryan Zinke (R MT) spoke up before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and shared his vision for the position of Secretary of Interior. The leadership of the Department of Interior is central to the future of protecting the nation’s landscapes. Those who care about conservation at scale, protected areas, and our cultural heritage were listening carefully to what he had to say.

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The 2016 Federal Budget: How did Large Landscapes Fare?

After months of uncertainty, weeks of negotiations and two short-term extensions to keep the government open, Congress passed and the President signed the 2009 page omnibus spending Bill, titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. How did federal initiatives that support landscape scale work and fund our natural and cultural conservation program fare?

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Half-century Legacy of LWCF at Risk

In just about one month, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, a deadline that threatens to halt one of the country’s most effective landscape protection initiatives. Recent weeks have brought news of progress towards a bi-partisan resolution, but until a bill passes Congress, the future remains uncertain. What was the context of the program’s passage in 1964 and how did members of the Johnson Administration view the bill?

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What Would Lady Bird Do?

Texas! What better place to talk about the next fifty years of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This is the home turf of Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who signed the original law back in 1965. LBJ had a strong record of caring for the nation’s natural resources, but it is no secret that he was inspired to do so by one of great conservation figures of the 20th century, his wife Lady Bird Johnson.

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Listening to Zinke: The Landscape Ahead?

At his confirmation hearing on January 17, 2017, Representative Ryan Zinke (R MT) spoke up before the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and shared his vision for the position of Secretary of Interior. The leadership of the Department of Interior is central to the future of protecting the nation’s landscapes. Those who care about conservation at scale, protected areas, and our cultural heritage were listening carefully to what he had to say.

Read More »

The 2016 Federal Budget: How did Large Landscapes Fare?

After months of uncertainty, weeks of negotiations and two short-term extensions to keep the government open, Congress passed and the President signed the 2009 page omnibus spending Bill, titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. How did federal initiatives that support landscape scale work and fund our natural and cultural conservation program fare?

Read More »

Half-century Legacy of LWCF at Risk

In just about one month, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, a deadline that threatens to halt one of the country’s most effective landscape protection initiatives. Recent weeks have brought news of progress towards a bi-partisan resolution, but until a bill passes Congress, the future remains uncertain. What was the context of the program’s passage in 1964 and how did members of the Johnson Administration view the bill?

Read More »

What Would Lady Bird Do?

Texas! What better place to talk about the next fifty years of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This is the home turf of Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who signed the original law back in 1965. LBJ had a strong record of caring for the nation’s natural resources, but it is no secret that he was inspired to do so by one of great conservation figures of the 20th century, his wife Lady Bird Johnson.

Read More »