Those who would ravish our national landscapes for a few bucks never tire of attempting to legislate ways to steal that land from its citizen owners. Every seven or eight years the so called sagebrush rebellion types come up with a new angle and a new name to try again. Now they are cloaked in the group called the American Legislative Exchange Council who are trying to insist those public lands really belong to the states. Pure Bullshit!
The Wilderness Act is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was passed back in 1964 at a time when republicans could still vote for protecting our environment. They used to do so on a regular basis, but no more as the fossil fuel boys and rightwing business community has found that hurts profits and the once conservation minded GOP find it hurts political donations.
I will remain on some other environmental boards for a few more years. I do enjoy the meetings and think these organizations can still be effective. Send them money when you can.