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Hundreds of New National Parks | Michael Kellett | Restore the North Woods |
Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 051
Michael Kellett - Restore the North Woods
Release Date: April 10, 2021
In this episode, I interview Michael Kellett, Executive Director of Restore the North Woods, a non-profit environmental group working in Maine with the mission of creating a new national park near Mount Katahdin. We talk about his early years, his time spent working for The Wilderness Society on the east coast, the founding and vision of Restore, the story about the creation of the first national monument in Maine, the history and culture of New England landscapes and its working forests (i.e. logging), a vision for hundreds of new national parks across the country and how new national parks and wilderness areas should fit within the 30x30 Campaign.
Michael Kellett has been executive director of RESTORE: The North Woods, since co-founding the organization in 1992. In 1994, he developed the original proposal for a 3.2-million-acre Maine Woods National Park, which laid the groundwork for the 2016 designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by President Obama. He co-authored two bills that would protect 14% of Massachusetts’ forests from resource extraction. He has helped to lead efforts to restore the eastern wolf, Canada lynx, and Atlantic salmon in the Northeast. He previously worked for The Wilderness Society, helping to pass wilderness legislation in Michigan and Maine. He has visited more than 250 National Park System areas.
Oregon's Wilderness Deficit | Erik Fernandez | Oregon Wild | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 050
Erik Fernandez - Oregon Wild
Release Date: March 28, 2021
In this episode, I interview Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Program Manager with Oregon Wild. We talk about his position at Oregon Wild, the green fallacy that is the state of Oregon, the state’s dwindling roadless areas and high road density, Oregon’s lack of political champions for wilderness, the outsized influence extractive industries have in the state, the need for bold legislative protections to make up for lost ground, recent anti-wilderness attacks in Washington DC, all about the various ecosystems throughout the state, Erik’s thoughts about 30x30, the pros and cons of different federal land designations, both the positives and shortcomings of the newly proposed Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Legislation, the frustrations and inaccuracies around labeling environmentalists as extremists and the wilderness proposals that Oregon Wild is working on across the state.
Erik is the Wilderness Program Manager at Oregon Wild. Since the late 90s he has been working to protect Oregon's natural treasures as Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers. Erik has led or been involved in successful campaigns to protect natural areas throughout Oregon. When he’s not developing maps or talking to politicians, Erik is out in the field, leading Oregon Wild members and the public on nature hikes to the special places they seek to protect.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) | Mike Garrity | Alliance for the Wild Rockies | Ep. 049
Mike Garrity - Alliance for the Wild Rockies
Release Date: March 14, 2021
In this episode, I speak with Mike Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. We talk about the history of the Alliance, the work they are involved with, how the Alliance has sued the FS more than any other group in the country, all about the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), protecting entire ecosystems over state-centric wilderness bills, protecting endangered species as a means of securing future wilderness, proposed landscape restoration work under NREPA, livestock grazing buyout provisions, Native American considerations, prominent supporters of NREPA, the economic benefits of the Bill, progress in Congress, thinking big and considering seemingly inconceivable political changes in this country as a beacon of hope for the Northern Rockies and beyond.
Mike Garrity is a 5th generation Montanan. Mike was a bartender in Ireland, a roustabout on an oil platform 100 miles off the coast of Texas, taught environmental economics at the University of Utah, and was a congressional environmental aide for Congressman Cook of Utah before becoming the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies in 2002.
America's Red Rock Wilderness Act | Terri Martin | SUWA | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 048
Terri Martin - Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Release Date: March 6, 2021
In this episode, I speak with Terri Martin, Intermountain West Organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA). We talk about the founding of SUWA, how they have been successful in an anti-wilderness and anti-federal lands environment, local control efforts undermining the public trust, new wilderness as part of the 30x30 campaign, Native American reception to wilderness in Utah, Bears Ears as a catalyst for 30x30, America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, the spine of the continent, the importance of landscape connectivity, climate mitigation and climate refugia, SUWA’s monthly podcast and the measurable impacts that activism has on making a difference on the ground.
Terri Martin is an Organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Formerly, she worked with the National Parks and Conservation Association for 15 years as their Rocky Mountain Regional Director.
Terri has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in Environmental Design and a Masters in Communication and Conflict Studies from the University of Utah.
Terri moved to Utah after discovering the red rock desert of southern Utah in 1973 when she traveled from Berkeley, California to work as a lifeguard at Lake Powell for the summer – and realized she had found her spiritual home in the canyon country.