Weekly News Roundup – May 25, 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:

Conservation Groups Commend Louisiana Legislature for Approving State’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan

May 22 – Local and national conservation groups praised the state Legislature today for unanimously approving the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for restoring Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands and protecting the state’s natural resources and communities. The groups also commended the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority for drafting the plan to reflect a comprehensive, science-based vision that realistically addresses the range of possibilities for restoring and protecting the coast.

“The 2012 Coastal Master Plan illustrates the type of bold, decisive action needed to build a more secure future for coastal Louisiana’s communities, industries and wildlife,” said a joint statement by Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation.

Removing Feral Swine Tops Agenda at National Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting

May 21 – Conservation leaders from around the nation assembled this week in Shepherdstown, West Virginia to vote on an array of pressing conservation issues as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual meeting.

Topping this year’s agenda was a resolution in support of increased efforts to eradicate feral swine, a highly destructive invasive species. The issue has grown in urgency as existing laws, regulations, and management have proved insufficient to stop their spread, resulting in extensive damage to natural habitats and wildlife. The continued growth and spread of feral swine populations illustrates the need for increased coordination and effort between local, state and federal agencies.

And here are highlights from NWF in the News:

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