Weekly News Roundup – January 13, 2012

from Wildlife Promise

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

La. 2012 Coastal Master Plan Must Be Visionary, Groups Say

January 12 – As the state of Louisiana released its draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan Thursday, conservation groups urged state officials to ensure that the final master plan utilizes the best available science to create a bold, clear vision for the future of Louisiana’s wetlands and communities.

“The disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands – at about a football field per hour – puts Louisiana’s people, communities and economy at greater and greater risk each year,” said a joint statement from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy.

Protection of One Million Acres Near the Grand Canyon is a Victory for Wildlife, Sportsmen and Jobs

January 9 – The National Wildlife Federation applauds Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the Obama administration for recognizing the critical importance of one of our country’s most cherished places, the Grand Canyon. Today, the administration announced a 20-year ban on new mining claims near this great national treasure. The move protects over one million acres near the site, as well as wildlife, water and jobs.

“Increased mining for uranium so close to  the Grand Canyon could very well have undermined water resources in the region, leading to the devastation of wildlife and habitat,” said Todd Keller, senior manager for public lands campaigns at the National Wildlife Federation.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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