The Center for American Progress has produced a new series called The Disappearing West. It explores the loss of our invaluable and iconic Western landscapes to human development. Is that really necessary? Isn’t it reckless?

“Across the West, patterns of development are carving natural landscapes into smaller and smaller areas. This process, called fragmentation, has severe consequences for the movement and survival of wildlife and the provision of clean water.” ~ Center for American Progress

The Public Lands Team

[…] “From governors’ mansions to the halls of Congress, questions about land and wildlife conservation command relatively little attention today. The conventional wisdom seems to hold that the most consequential battles over America’s wild places are already settled. President Theodore Roosevelt, Sierra Club founder John Muir, and the environmental activists of the 1960s won protections for national parks, national forests, and wilderness areas. In the eyes of some politicians, the West’s open spaces are not only well protected, but too well protected. An anti-parks caucus in the U.S. Congress, for example, wants to block new national parks and sell off the West’s national forests to private owners. As members of the Public Lands team at the Center for American Progress—and as people who love and advocate for the outdoors—we believe the disappearance of open space and wildlife habitat in the West is indeed a problem. But until this project, we weren’t able to adequately describe or quantify the scale of this problem.” ~ The Disappearing West

The Disappearing West Series

So far, The Disappearing West series includes the following titles:

  • The Disappearing West – Access
  • The Disappearing West – Rivers
  • The Disappearing West – Sprawl
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