The Obama administration recently granted a new yearlong extension to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, originally enacted in 2001 in the waning days of the Clinton administration after the largest Forest Service public comment effort since the 1960s. Treehuggers International welcomes Mike Anderson from the Wilderness Society’s Pacific Northwest office in Seattle to talk about the creation of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the benefit of roadless areas, and the Roadless Rule’s hurdles during the Bush years.
Helen Browning Scripps was one of the great civic patrons of San Diego, leaving behind a legacy of parks and civic projects which continue to enhance the lives of the city’s residents today. While not intended as a philanthropic misstep, one of Mrs. Scripps most beloved projects, the Children’s Pool at La Jolla Cove, has become something of a controversial legacy. In the late 1980s huge numbers of seals began returning to the Children’s Pool, an area which originally had been used by generations of seals who instinctively called the rocks it was built upon home.