The White River National Forest is renowned for its native wildlife. But the habitat that the elk, bear and other wild creatures depend on for their survival is at risk. It’s being constricted, fragmented and degraded by roads and other facilities associated with a slow but steady increase in human activities. Oil and gas development, mining, logging and recreation (driven by a growing local population and exploding popularity of getting out in the woods) all take their toll.
Wilderness Workshop is working to prevent habitat loss and degradation on federal lands in our region. Our staff analyze proposed activities and policy directives for all public lands within our service area. Where they threaten critical wildlife habitat or other ecologically important resources, we intervene to modify or stop them or mitigate their impacts.
Some of these proposals may be relatively small in acreage, leading land managers to believe that their impacts are negligible. Unfortunately, the system isn’t set up to analyze the cumulative impacts of many separate activities on the land. A big part of our job is holding the agencies to their own regulations to analyze these cumulative impacts and prevent what would otherwise be death by a thousand cuts.