In commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we examine what might be the next chapter in wilderness politics, designation, and management. Congressional polarization may push wilderness politics onto different political pathways, including action by the executive branch aimed at protecting wilderness-eligible lands. Outside of Congress, collaboration will also continue to shape wilderness politics in the future, with questions focused on the scope and degree of compromise in wilderness legislation. There will also be increasing demands to control and manipulate wilderness in the future. Yet despite these challenges, the reasons for adding to the Wilderness Preservation System are stronger in 2014 than they were fifty years ago.
Kevin R. Kemper – The jaguar (Panthera onca) roams the Southwest boundary region of the United States, Mexico, and tribal nations, particularly in southeastern Arizona and northeastern Sonora. This transboundary species has remained elusive and controversial. Those who care about the preservation of the species want to learn all they can so that political action can be taken. Environmental information policy may require some secrecy at times to make certain endangered species are protected, but policy-making outside of the public gaze must not be a permanent situation, even when it involves tribes.
Nathan D. Schott – Glen Canyon Dam has had a dramatic impact on the American West. In a place as sacred and iconic as Grand Canyon where interests are diverse and complex, finding the proper balance among competing interests is no easy task. To help ensure that Glen Canyon Dam is operated in a manner consistent with both federal mandates and the public interest, Glen Canyon Dam operators have increasingly relied on recommendations from an arguably unrepresentative group of interested stakeholders as a proxy for the public interest.
Jason A. Robison and Lawrence J. MacDonnell – Rooted in concerns about reliance interests and expectations attached to Colorado River water in the Lower Basin, this Article considers the nuanced relationship between Arizona v. California and the Colorado River Compact as this relationship is implicated by the supply-demand imbalance.