The President’s Agenda: Restoring the National Park Service

This President’s Agenda proposal is one that’s close to my heart. The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency celebrated worldwide for the stunning legacy of natural, cultural, and historic wonders it manages. To those of us on the inside, the NPS is also renowned amongst federal agencies for its quality employees, dedication to mission, … Continue reading The President’s Agenda: Restoring the National Park Service

The President’s Agenda: Mountaintop Coal Mining

Mountaintop coal mining is a great case study in the complexities of American environmental policy. Very few environmental issues seem so clear cut as ending mountaintop mining, yet the debate over this practice rages. It’s a jobs vs. environment debate in an economically depressed region. It’s blue collar vs. environmental crowd. It’s neighbor against neighbor, … Continue reading The President’s Agenda: Mountaintop Coal Mining

The President’s Agenda: Legalize Industrial Hemp

Today’s subject for the next President of the United States is hemp. At Free the Commons! we have no fear that legalizing industrial hemp would turn our nation into a population of Doritos-munching slackers. On the contrary, we believe that industrial hemp is an eco-friendly agricultural product that could prove a boon to local agri-economies across the … Continue reading The President’s Agenda: Legalize Industrial Hemp

The President’s Agenda: Timber

The federal timber wars have been raging for decades. I say the next president should end them. The U.S. Forest Service manages millions of acres of forest plantations: artificially established monocultures that were hand-planted following clear-cuts or natural disasters. These areas should be aggressively managed for optimal timber production, and all other federal lands should … Continue reading The President’s Agenda: Timber

The President’s Agenda: Grazing

If I were to advise the next president on rewriting America’s public land laws, without hesitation I’d begin with the Taylor Grazing Act. A needless source of animosity between environmentalists and ranchers, corruption at the local level, and destruction of biodiversity, grazing is the vestigial tail of our western identity. The litany of problems with … Continue reading The President’s Agenda: Grazing