american idylls

September 2005
Sierra;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 90 Issue 5, p30
The article presents information about several wild places in the U.S. that are endangered by human intervention. The Republican leadership in the U.S. Congress is trying to turn the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge into an industrial oilfield. In a speech to a closed meeting of the Republican leadership in September 2003, House Majority leader Tom DeLay revealed that the real reason for opening the Arctic Refuge was to crush resistance to drilling other sensitive areas in the future. In April 2003, narrow majorities in the U.S. House and Senate passed budget bill that included revenues from oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge. The verdant wildlands of Vermont have emerged from the rubble left by logging, catastrophic fires, and flooding early in the previous century. Starting from scarcely more than 1,000 acres in 1932, Green Mountain National Forest has grown to some 40,000 acres of various forest types, from recovering clear cuts to rare strands of old-growth hardwoods and white pine, whose huge, straight timber once furnished masts and spars of the British navy.


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