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Wilderness Podcast's mission is to spread contextual awareness surrounding wilderness issues and ideals by helping to facilitate a more in-depth appreciation through long form interviews with subject area experts. Wilderness Podcast is a conservation-based passion project.

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Wilderness Podcast's mission is to spread contextual awareness surrounding wilderness issues and ideals by helping to facilitate a more in-depth appreciation through long form interviews with subject area experts. Wilderness Podcast is a conservation-based passion project.

    Wild and Free? Wild Horses and Burros | Val Barbour & Janelle Ghiorso | Oregon Wild Horse Organization | Ep. 055

    Wild and Free? Wild Horses and Burros | Val Barbour & Janelle Ghiorso | Oregon Wild Horse Organization | Ep. 055

    In this episode, I interview Val Barbour and Janelle Ghiorso with Oregon Wild Horse Organization.

    Topics we discuss:
    What is so special about wild horses?Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.Federal Land management agencies abdicating their responsibilities. Are wild horses a native species?Conflicts between cattle interests and horses.Ecological niches that horses and  burros provide.The health of horses vs cows on public lands.Horse/predator relationships.Horse gathers, sterilization initiatives, and holding facilities. Issues with the immunocontraceptive GonaCon.What keeps Oregon Wild Horse Organization going?Educating the public about the wild horse issue. https://www.oregon-wildhorse.org/
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    Montana's Collaborative Nightmare | Michael Garrity | Alliance for the Wild Rockies | Ep. 054

    Montana's Collaborative Nightmare | Michael Garrity | Alliance for the Wild Rockies | Ep. 054

    In this episode, we discuss:
    Mike’s career evolution.How the Alliance for the Wild Rockies has been able to maintain its mission and integrity over the decades.The origins of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA).Why the Alliance sues the Forest Service more than any other environmental group in the country.Wild Montana, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and The Wilderness Society’s promotion of harmful logging projects and the destruction of wilderness quality lands as part of a culture and system of corruption.What greases the skids of conservation collaboratives. The public’s overwhelming support of roadless lands in Montana. The ecological price of continuing motorized and mechanized recreation in roadless areas. The importance of quiet to native wildlife and the human animal.The who, what and why of "conservation” collaboratives. The disastrous Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. The many threats from road building. The Lincoln Property Proposal.The Gallatin Forest Partnership.What true protections should look like under 30x30.How to start turning the tide for wildlands across the Northern Rockies. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies
    The good, bad, and ugly of Tester’s Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act
    TWS's Roadless Report
    The Bader Report (Gallatin Forest Partnership)







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    Capitalism's Grip on the Wilderness Movement | Dr. Joseph Scalia III | Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance | Ep. 053

    Capitalism's Grip on the Wilderness Movement | Dr. Joseph Scalia III | Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance | Ep. 053

    In this episode, I interview Dr. Joseph Scalia III, practicing psychoanalyst in Livingston, Montana and frequent guest of the program. Dr. Scalia is a board member with the Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance and long-time wilderness activist in Southwest Montana.
    Topics we cover:  Societal change as an important component of the wilderness movement, Joe’s career as a psychoanalyst, the perversion of truth, Felix Guattari’s The Three Ecologies, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) shortcoming, the dark obscene underbelly of public lands politics and recreation, neoliberalism and how it drives mainstream conservation, psychological symptomology of capitalism, treating society as the patient, mechanisms of societal change, what drives the Big Greens, confronting painful truths and the unwillingness of many in the grassroots environmental movement to confront reality and advocate for radical change. 
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    Is Wilderness Still Relevant? | Erik Molvar | Western Watersheds Project | Ep. 052

    Is Wilderness Still Relevant? | Erik Molvar | Western Watersheds Project | Ep. 052

    In this episode, I speak with Erik Molvar, executive director of Western Watersheds Project. We discuss his guidebook writing, the state of our public lands system, the work of Western Watersheds Project, the influence of domestic livestock on Wilderness and public lands, attitudes and historical context of wilderness, Native American omission from the Wilderness Act, the relevancy and importance of the wilderness designation, how to manage public lands for the benefit of ecosystems and the human, collaborative conservation and challenging the dominant culture of colonialism and dominion over nature. 
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    Hundreds of New National Parks | Michael Kellett | Restore the North Woods | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 051

    Hundreds of New National Parks | Michael Kellett | Restore the North Woods | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 051

    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. 
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    Oregon's Wilderness Deficit | Erik Fernandez | Oregon Wild | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 050

    Oregon's Wilderness Deficit | Erik Fernandez | Oregon Wild | Wilderness 30x30 | Ep. 050

    Wilderness 30x30 | A Wilderness Podcast miniseries

    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.




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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

RamblingDave ,

Glad to see new episodes after long break

This is an excellent podcast covering all aspects of Wilderness and I’ve listened to all of the episodes- some more than once. Adam and most of his guests are old school preservationists, not bright green environmentalists, and they’re not afraid to point out hypocrisy. You’re not going to hear much wind/solar boosterism here. If you love wilderness for wilderness’ sake and believe it has intrinsic value then this is your podcast.

chrland ,

Extremely Important!

Thank you for this podcast! As someone who loves the wilderness, I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn more about current issues and learn how to take action. Since I started listening, my appreciation for the outdoors has deepened, my concern for wilderness sharpened, and my advocacy begun.

trailblazer652 ,

Wow!

Not only are these conversations useful for those who use public lands, but even more important for the larger population who are unaware these issues exist and are getting worse.

Highly recommend this podcast series.

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