Carole King: "Wilderness Stops Time"

April 24, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

In the Huffington Post, Todd Wilkinson talks about the fifteen-year effort by four-time Grammy winner Carole King to overcome congressional resistance to the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, which aims to restore — with the help of a “citizen army” — wilderness lands damaged by private misuse. According to Wilkinson, King has proved a hardy proponent, updating her message to match a new appreciation for restoring abandoned logging roads and promoting eco-tourism, and outlasting naysayers who have painted efforts to protect natural resources as un-American. “A few years ago, now retired Republican Congresswoman Barbara Cubin of Wyoming asserted that NREPA was ‘an assault on our Western way of life.’ Her late colleague, Republican Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth of Idaho, who famously declared that her favorite kind of salmon resided in cans not wild streams and oceans, portrayed NREPA as ‘unthinkable.'”