Wyoming Wilderness: Finding Balance

Recently I attended a panel discussion at the University of Wyoming about the past, present and future of Wilderness in the state of Wyoming. Since then I've been pondering our wild areas and the careful balance between protection, recreation and industry. But first some background. Brace yourself, it's about to get nerdy around here. Background On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. This bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the "use and benefit of the American people." Since then Congress has preserved over 100 million…

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.

We've been hiking a lot this summer. We're going on day 46 of 100 consecutive days of hiking here. We try to hike with a ziploc bag to pick up trash that we see on the trails. You see, I don't mind picking up a piece of paper here, or what I call "accidental garbage"--we've been known to accidentally drop a cracker or too on the trails. That kind of stuff happens. But I do mind "deliberate garbage"--meaning trash that jerks leave in our wilderness areas with no intention of packing it out. I hate coming across a fire pit…