Wilderness Empire On Display

first_imgIn 1985, during the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Society, writer T.H. Watkins stated, “One could comfortably argue that Robert Marshall was personally responsible for the preservation of more wilderness than any individual in history.”The spotlight still shines bright on Marshall and the historic legislation he inspired. The Museum at Central School in Kalispell is featuring a new exhibit that pays homage to Marshall and the wilderness complex bearing his name. The complex encompasses three wilderness sections — the Bob Marshall, the Scapegoat and the Great Bear — that span 1.53 million acres across Northwest Montana. The Bob on its own is one of the largest and oldest wilderness sections, and the overall complex features 1,900 miles of trail.The museum officially unveiled the exhibit at its opening reception on April 9. It was previously on display in Columbia Falls and will remain in Kalispell until next spring. The centerpiece of the display is a historic trail camp featuring antique camping gear and tools that were used to build the original wilderness trails. There are also remnants from the oldest surviving phone line in the U.S. The exhibit features several historic photos of crews constructing trails in the “Bob” as early as 1922 before it became one of the first designated wildernesses in 1964. Newer photos show crews from the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation working on trail maintenance, weed eradication and historic preservation.“This exhibit goes a long way toward helping folks understand this vast wilderness that is right here in our backyard,” said Gil Jordan, the museum’s executive director. “Everyone knows about Glacier Park, but the Bob is this spectacular, untrammeled wilderness, and few people really know about it.”The Kalispell exhibit is getting a jump on upcoming events across the nation that are being organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana and Wilderness50 recently launched a website dedicated to next year’s milestone. The website, www.wilderness50.com, is a growing source of information on upcoming events and projects.The Flathead National Forest is hosting an informational meeting for the public on the Bob Marshall on April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Forest managers and staff will be on hand to discuss the complex and the results of ongoing monitoring projects. Two trail crew members,pictured circa 1923, in the section of outdoors that later became the Bob Marshall Wilderness. | Courtesy photo Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. In the winter of 1960, Wallace Stegner, dubbed the “Dean of Western Writers,” penned a letter to the federal commission that helped shape the nation’s outdoors policies. The subject of Stegner’s famous letter was the “wilderness idea,” which had grown from a grassroots aspiration of early conservationists into a nationwide movement to preserve sections of public land in their natural state.“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,” Stegner wrote. The frontier forests helped form the nation’s character and shape its history, he said, and they should be protected from industrialization, such as mining, and other commercial development.“Americans still have that chance, more than many peoples,” he said.Four years later, Stegner’s words became the introduction to the Wilderness Act, a watershed policy that, in its own words, would “secure for the American people of present and future generations, the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Sept. 3, 1964, the legislation set aside 9.1 million acres across 13 states, the largest sections of which were in Montana, California and Wyoming.Though Stegner and others were at the forefront of championing the cause, their efforts and eventual success were derived from the spirit of Robert Marshall.Marshall is widely considered the father of the wilderness preservation movement. As a forester and activist who spent time roaming throughout Northwest Montana, Marshall called for Americans “to fight for the freedom of the wilderness.” In 1935, he founded The Wilderness Society, which became the driving force behind the 1964 legislation. Marshall was never able to witness the milestone event. He suffered an untimely death at the age of 38. Yet his influence lived on. center_img Bob Marshall, pictured, founded The Wilderness Society and inspired the creation of the Wilderness Act. | Courtesy photo Emaillast_img read more

Soccer Groups Use World Cup To Build Support For Coming MLS Team

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 2:39 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team faces Germany at noon today in a crucial World Cup match that will decide which teams move on to the next round, and which teams go home.Many Atlantans will be watching. Meanwhile, some local groups are using that attention to build a fan base for the yet-to-be-named Major League Soccer team coming to Atlanta in a few years.WABE’s Michell Eloy has the story. As heard on the radio. 2:39 Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Denmark takes a closer look at EU laws

first_imgIntroducing a reform of the Danish EU scrutiny system will allow Denmark to maintain its leading position in safeguarding the democratic accountability of the EU.Since Denmark joined the then European Economic Community in (EEC) in 1973, the European affairs committee of the Folketing has exerted control over the EU policy of the government. Prior to leaving for negotiations in Brussels, a Danish minister must obtain a mandate over negotiation from the European affairs committee in order to be able to negotiate and to vote on behalf of Denmark. This arrangement has proved its strength for more than 30 years and has been an inspiration to other EU member states. But irrespective of this fact there is a need today for new ways of handling EU matters. The vast number of cases and the complexity of them require that, to maintain Denmark’s long tradition of exerting thorough democratic control over EU policies, the standing committees play a greater role. To put it quite simply, we shall draw on the great expertise of the standing committees to a far larger extent than hitherto. Furthermore, the government is obliged to brief the standing committees on its stance on a given EU proposal. This means that the standing committees will have a better basis for making their decisions and that they will get an opportunity to have real political discussions with the government on a new EU proposal at an early date. Finally, the government will be obliged to give the standing committees its view as to whether a given EU proposal respects the principle of subsidiarity. In other words, the government has to inform the standing committee in question as to whether it finds it expedient to make EU rules apply in an area that is under the sphere of competence of the committee.I am pleased with these new initiatives, as I feel very strongly that our parliament should deal with EU matters in the same comprehensive way as is the case with Danish legislation. Thus the standing committees must play a greater role in EU matters.Currently, we adopt laws in the EU which apply to the individual member states in precisely the same way as if the national parliament in question had adopted the laws. As it is the EU alone which may subsequently amend these laws, one can hardly turn a blind eye to the decision-making process. That is the reason why we should become more involved in EU matters at a very early stage. Formerly, it was primarily the European affairs committee of the Folketing which dealt with EU matters. But shortly before Christmas, the Folketing decided to alter the procedure so that its standing committees would come to participate more actively in the scrutiny of EU matters. In my opinion, this change will give Denmark a leading position in ensuring democratic accountability in the EU.To be precise, the standing orders of the Folketing have been amended so as to make it apparent that standing committees can deal with the EU matters related to their sphere of competence. center_img At the time of its founding, the Danish European affairs committee was a new democratic instrument and we still need to prove today that we are forerunners in exerting democratic control. My vision is to place the Danish parliament in the group of parliaments that already today includes the standing committees in the scrutiny of EU matters.I might venture to add that the structure behind the reform has now been finalised and that it is up to the politicians to put actions behind the words of the reform in order to implement our ambitious goal.This is a responsibility which we should assume and which we will assume. By strengthening our parliamentary commitment to EU policy, we can contribute to reaching better EU decisions and also to making the EU more relevant and indeed closer to its citizens. Christian Mejdahl is speaker of the Danish parliament, the Folketing.last_img read more

Man Returns to Poor Neighborhood Where He Grew Up So He Can Give Away $12,000 in Free Toys

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by Lauren WilhelmChristmas came early for the children living in these low-income neighborhoods and housing complexes.That’s because a former resident of the area returned to the streets where he grew up so he could hand out more than $12,000 worth of toys to the local children earlier this week.Adam Armstrong grew up poor in a mostly government-subsidized apartment complex in Harrisonburg, Virginia. When he was just 18 years old, he was sent to jail to serve a 3-month sentence for marijuana possession. By the time he was released, he knew that it was time to turn his life around. Armstrong, who is now the father of a 3-year-old girl, ended up moving to Baltimore and working a string of different jobs until he finally got into the mortgaging business.RELATED: After ‘Mountain Santa’ Dad Spent 42 Years Giving Away Gifts to Poor Families, His Son Decides to Do the SameAs Armstrong became more and more financially comfortable, he felt more and more compelled to give back to people living in poverty—so he began donating heaps of toys to local charities every holiday season.This week, the 35-year-old philanthropist drove to his former neighborhood in a 26-foot moving truck packed with 1,327 toys to give away to all of the children.Sara Lewis-Weeks, the property manager of the complex, says that when Armstrong had approached her about the giveaway last week, she had been wary of his intentions.Photo by Lauren Wilhelm“He comes [into my office] and says, ‘What are you doing on Saturday? I’d like to give away a lot of toys’ and I’m like, ‘Yeaaah, I don’t know about that,’” Lewis-Weeks recounted to NBC News. “I’m very skeptical at that point.”To her astonishment, however, Armstrong made good on his promise.“It wasn’t like stuffed animals—he was giving away bikes, remote-controlled cars, real Barbie dolls—not Dollar Store Barbie dolls,” says Weeks. “He didn’t miss anybody. His heart was truly in this.CHECK OUT: Dying 86-Year-old Bought 14 Years Worth of Christmas Gifts for His 2-Year-old Neighbor“They thought it was going to be a couple of stuffed animals, not, ‘And you get a bike, and you get a bike, and you get a bike,’—like an ‘Oprah’ for little kids,” she added.Armstrong simply told The Washington Post that he was happy to bring joy to little kids for the holiday season.“The kids were so innocent and sweet,” Armstrong told the news outlet. “You can’t put a price on looking at these kids’ happy faces. Some of them have nothing, and to be able to give them a small toy … the reward and the pleasure was mine.”(WATCH the news coverage below)Be Sure And Share The Sweet Story Of Holiday Cheer With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more