Founding Gardeners – James Madison, America’s First Environmentalist

One of the amazing journeys in Andrea Wulf’s powerful work on nature and the shaping of America traces James Madison’s appearance at the Agricultural Society of Albemarle in Virginia. According to Wulf: “The speech was a lament of all that was wrong with American agriculture as well as a catalogue…

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A Strategy for Saving Planet Earth – Doug La Follette

It was my pleasure recently to spend the afternoon with Doug La Follette, Secretary of State in Wisconsin for a tour of some of his work and achievement.  He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia, has worked as Public Affairs Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, and has…

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A Creek Runs Through Us

Reprinted with permission from author Chandler Van Voorhis of GreenTrees, LLC Water has played a critical role in the formation of the United States.  As President Theodore Roosevelt stated 100 years ago, in the first ever White House Conference on Conservation, “It was in Philadelphia that the representatives of all the States…

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Water Law: U.S. Supreme Court Reinvigorates Public Trust Doctrine, Clarifies Possession of Missouri River Bottomland

The 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of the Missouri River where it passes Great Falls,Montana, was once so swift, roiling, and precipitous that, in 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent 11 days hauling equipment and boats on an overland portage to continue their transcontinental journey. Earlier this year, the same fast-flowing…

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U.S. Watershed Destruction and the Tipping Point – World’s Rivers in Crisis

The world’s rivers, the single largest renewable water resource for humans and a crucible of aquatic biodiversity, are in a crisis of ominous proportions, according to a  global analysis. The report, published recently in the journal Nature, is the first to simultaneously account for the effects of impacts such as…

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Trout Project Kills Fish Not Targeted by Poisoning

Poison being used to remove fish from a section of Montana’s Cherry Creek persisted longer than expected and killed nontarget fish Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reported recently in a press release.  The statement said fish were killed in the lower seven miles of Cherry Creek, a tributary of the Madison River…

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