Weekly News Roundup – June 3, 2011

from Wildlife Promise

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s National Wildlife Federation news:

June is Great Outdoors Month!

June 3, 2011 – Some people can’t get enough time outdoors, surrounded by nature’s gifts and being refreshed by a world of green. Others need a little more nudging to get outside, and if there was ever a time to be encouraged to open up that door, it’s the month of June. That nudging starts at the very top with President Obama proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month, along with almost every state governor. The Presidential Proclamation urges all Americans to spend time in the great outdoors and to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.

Learning To Manage, Not Fight, the Mississippi River

June 2, 2011 – When the floodwaters of the swollen Mississippi River subside, experts say it may be a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate our relationship with the river. The opening of the Morganza Spillway in mid-May is not only helping ease the rising river, it is diverting nutrient-rich sediment to Louisiana’s rapidly deteriorating wetlands. This might demonstrate how more diversions and working with the river, instead of against it, may be the best way to battle the rising waters in the future.

Get A Crewcut! Support NWF’s Gulf Restoration Efforts

June 2, 2011 – J.Crew, clothing manufacturer and retailer, wants to make sure wildlife in the Gulf receives the protection it needs, which is why the company is supporting National Wildlife Federation. Crewcuts, the company’s children’s line, is currently donating funds to NWF by selling a children’s tee shirt in stores and online for $25. NWF is receiving the net proceeds from the sale of the tees.

Proposed Drilling Operations in Cuba Threaten the Gulf of Mexico

June 1, 2011 – More than a year since the Gulf oil disaster, the rush to pursue expanded deepwater drilling is picking up momentum. The long-term impacts of the nearly 206 million gallons of spilled oil are still unclear. New concerns regarding wildlife species continue to arise. But another threat has also emerged. In an effort to discover new reserves of oil and gas, Cuba plans to drill five deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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