Gloria Flora

Fellow, Public Lands

Ecology

Gloria Flora is founder and Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and of the plants, animals and communities that depend on them. In her 22-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria became nationally known for her leadership in ecosystem management and for her courageous principled stands: as supervisor of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north-central Montana, she made a landmark decision to prohibit natural gas leasing along the 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front.

Gloria recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. She serves on the Montana Climate Change Advisory Committee and works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies in assisting states develop climate change action plans. Her work has been featured in national magazines, books, radio, television and documentaries, including NOW with Bill Moyers and in Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change feature film, The 11th Hour.

videos

Gloria Flora Biochar Conference 2012

length: 12:13   credit: digitog   Aug 14, 2012

See http://www.2012.biochar.us.com for more information about the 2012 US Biochar Conference. Gloria Flora's Presentation

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MONTANA'S ENERGY FUTURE: The Role of Biochar

length: 15:00   credit: CERESdownload   Sep 20, 2011

In this podcast, PCI's Public Lands Fellow, Gloria Flora, discusses the important role of biochar energy in Montana's future.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE.

( From CERES website)

From limited traditional fuel sources like oil and coal to newer, cleaner energy like wind, solar and bio-mass, nothing is off the table when it comes to meeting the growing global demand for energy. And while the energy market is increasingly global, the debate over the sustainability of our energy use is rooted in regional geographies, statewide politics and local communities – those affected by discreet projects and those that will be most affected by climate impacts.

To shed some light on just how complex and nuanced these energy issues are, we focus on the state of Montana – which shares the largest coal deposits in the U.S. (along with Wyoming), ranks fifth among states for potential wind energy production and is home to one of the largest domestic oil shale deposits.

In the second episode of this three part series, we speak with Gloria Flora, former U.S. Forest Supervisor and founder and Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, an organization dedicated to the sustainability of public lands. Gloria recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation and is championing something known as 'biochar' as a possible carbon-negative energy source.

 

Latest Publications

Solutions for a Post Carbon World

Gloria Flora    Feb 09, 2010   

With the avalanche of opinions on the challenging issues that face Montanans and the world today, it’s hard to know where to get reliable information. We know the conundrums of climate, energy, resource depletion, and … >>

Fracking the Commons: Why Your Public Lands Are Under Assault by Oil and Gas Drilling

Gloria Flora    Aug 09, 2013   

You can take action to ban fracking on federal lands here. Photo Credit: Ecoflight As a Forest Supervisor with the U.S. Forest Service in the 1990s, I put a 15-year moratorium on oil … >>

CULTURE AND BEHAVIOR: Remapping Relationships: Humans in Nature

Gloria Flora    Feb 07, 2011   

EXCERPT: It seems that the more a society sees itself as cerebral, with clever technological and material innovations, the more its bonds with, and recognition of, the significance of nature processes and ecosystems … >>

The ENERGY Reader

Gloria Flora

Edited by Tom Butler, Daniel Lerch, and George Wuerthner.  What magic, or monster, lurks behind the light switch and the gas pump? Where does the seemingly limitless energy that fuels modern society come from? From … >>

press coverage

Flora quoted in Jackson Hole News

Gloria Flora  

Post Carbon Fellow Gloria Flora was quoted in this article about moves to protect National Forest from gas field development. From the article: A U.S. Forest Service plan expected within weeks will help set the value for … >>