It’s tough to remain positive about our future - that includes the future of our animal friends and the environment at large. Not that we have the space to sit back and relax, however there are some good news stories to share that give us hope that we can do something.
In the USA, new tracts of wilderness in Tennessee and Arkansas received almost no media coverage after they were created in 2018. The Tennessee Wilderness Act protected 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest, and the Flatside Wilderness Enhancement Act added 640 acres to the popular 9,541-acre Flatside Wilderness near Little Rock. What’s surprising is that both were created in staunchly Republican states, while Congress was still under Republican control, and were championed by Republican lawmakers—Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander and Arkansas representative French Hill, respectively.