Alaska’s National Parks to Remain Roadless

Score one for national parks, zero for former President Bush. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a decision that exempted the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 “Roadless Rule,” which protects the land from logging. [Read more…]

Ban National Park Fracking

mommy greenest nature retreatI live in Los Angeles, where nature is hard to come by. Yes, there’s a large park nearby where I spend a lot of time sitting on the soccer game sidelines. And our quiet street has a lot of trees, which my dog and I examine on our daily walks. But the real wilderness—the kind where you don’t hear cars and could actually get lost? That’s not something I experience every day.

And I miss it. I grew up going to national parks—hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winters. I backpacked for seven days in the Sequoias when I was six years old. I wore my Yosemite “go climb a rock” t-shirt to rags. Sadly, today my family spends more time at the beach than we do in the mountains. But that’s all about to change. First, because I recently remembered the importance of wilderness in our lives. And second, because we have to experience it firsthand to know how important it is to ban National Park fracking. [Read more…]