Weekly News Roundup: A Win for Northeast Wildlife and More
Thanks to the astounding public support from the South Portland, Maine community, wildlife in the northeast U.S. are safer than ever. With a 6-to-1 vote, the South Portland City Council passed the Clear Skies Ordinance on Monday, to stand up against Big Oil! This triumph against Big Oil will protect South Portland wildlife from dirty tar sands, preventing the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and others from building smokestacks. A special thanks to NWF’s affiliate, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, whom had an integral role in this fight for wildlife!
Don’t forget about the river otters! Take action and send your message of support for healthy wetlands to the Environmental Protection Agency!
What’s happening in the National Wildlife Federation this week?
Sportsmen, wildlife advocates back Browns Canyon bill
July 23 – Sportsmen’s and wildlife groups are urging members of Congress to support a bill that would permanently protect Colorado ’s Browns Canyon, a treasured wildlife and recreation area.
The Senate National Parks Subcommittee was scheduled Wednesday to consider S. 1794, a bill by Colorado Sen. Mark Udall that would establish the 22,000-acre Browns Canyon National Monument. The hearing represents a step forward after more than two decades of work by grassroots organizations and elected officials to conserve the nationally known whitewater rafting site and important fishing and hunting spot, National Wildlife Federation and Colorado Wildlife Federation representatives said.
U.S. FWS, NWF Team Up to Highlight Sandy Restoration in Great Marsh
July 18 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today joined the National Wildlife Federation and its new President and CEO Collin O’Mara in highlighting the national significance of efforts to restore the Great Marsh in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The work to strengthen New England’s largest contiguous estuarine system to protect communities against future storms predicted with a changing climate.
“Restoring the Great Marsh with our allies in the Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership is a top priority for the National Wildlife Federation,” said O’Mara. “Especially in the face of a changing climate, the investments we make now to protect this natural treasure and other places like it will pay off for generations to come.”
NC Sportsmen rally behind Clean Water Act proposals
July 22 – Over the last few weeks, 60 groups totaling tens of thousands of members and supporters weighed in on the recent Clean Water Act rules affecting intermittent, headwater streams and isolated wetlands. These groups represented a huge range of North Carolina citizens, and included members from statewide hunting and fishing groups, the two most prestigious societies of fish and wildlife biologists and professionals, and even student groups. The groups submitted formal comments conveying collective support for the “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act” rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.
NWF in the News:
“Conservation groups like the National Wildlife Federation and Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance have an event this afternoon with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Sens. Mark Udall, Ron Wyden and Jon Tester to talk about the LWCF and the hook and bullet crowd.”
The Daily News: Readying for Hurricanes
“It is fabulous to be in Massachusetts this morning,” O’Mara said. “When I look across the country, there are incredible projects coming together and one of the things that is exciting about the project here is watching the six different communities coming together for what is one of the most interesting estuaries in the entire country.”
The Daily Journal: Feds Open 344,000 acres of sea floor for wind power
In its report, the National Wildlife Federation cited government estimates that full development of offshore wind farms could yield 16,249 megawatts for 5 million homes — roughly the population of New Jersey and South Carolina combined.
The photo competition is an ongoing contest, with winners selected three times a year from hundreds of entries, said Mary Dalheim, editorial director of children’s publications for the wildlife group. The judges select photos that fill the frame well and don’t have a cluttered background.
“It’s a sticky viscous substance. It’s like peanut butter, instead of floating on the surface of water where it could be skimmed off or trapped, it sinks, attaches to the bottom,” Jim Murphy of the National Wildlife Federation said.