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A private oil shale test site in northwestern Colorado. Photo by David Ellenberger.

The Push for Oil Shale: News Ripped from Last Century’s Headlines

12/3/2012 // By Judith Kohler

There’s a saying in Colorado about the so-far-fruitless effort to tap the “Saudi Arabia” of oil shale in the region: “Oil shale: It’s the energy of the future… and always will be.” As documented by the Checks and Balances Project, […] Read more >

Haycock Township, PA Becomes a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat

11/26/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

Congratulations to Haycock Township, Pennsylvania for becoming the 63rd Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation and the third community in Pennsylvania to achieve this honor.  Haycock Township is a rural township of just over 2,000 people located about 45 […] Read more >

How are community colleges advancing greener careers and campuses?

11/7/2012 // By Kristy Jones

The Greenforce Initiative, a partnership of National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, hosted a virtual summit last Friday, November 2 – Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses. The summit hosted several sessions including an employer panel with John Bradburn from […] Read more >

Bethlehem, PA Celebrates Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

11/2/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

Who would have thought that a city like Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, known in former years as a hub of industry (most notably, for Bethlehem Steel), would rally its citizens to preserve wildlife habitat in the city?  But, this is exactly what happened […] Read more >

What’s Your Purpose? Billy Parish asks Students at the Annual AASHE Student Summit

10/26/2012 // By Juliana Goodlaw-Morris

On October 14, almost 500 students gathered at the Los Angeles Convention center for the student summit at the AASHE annual campus sustainability conference.  This was the sixth year NWF Campus Ecology helped to organize the student summit. In my opinion […] Read more >

Hands-On Habitat Volunteers – A Key to the Future of the Environmental Movement

10/22/2012 // By John Kostyack

The near absence of any discussion of the environment in the presidential debates has led me to think about the state of the U.S. environmental movement. In one sense, conservationists in the U.S. should be proud of all that we […] Read more >

Alligator in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp

Will Alligators Return to the Central Wetlands?

10/8/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

49K activists from across the country have made restoration a real possibility.  New Orleans’ Central Wetlands were once a flourishing cypress swamp, home to a dizzying array of fish and wildlife, including alligators and hundreds of species of migrating birds. […] Read more >

Near Sugar Island - no longer rapids. Photo/Melinda Koslow

Reclaiming Rapids for the Great Lakes

7/9/2012 // By Celia Haven

There is no one quick, easy answer for wildlife conservation. A huge part of the challenge is balancing actions that are good for humans with those that are good for wildlife. Often, these are the same (clean water, clean air, […] Read more >

Fayetteville, Arkansas Celebrates Certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat

6/29/2012 // By Roxanne Paul

The weather didn’t cooperate when Fayetteville, Arkansas celebrated their recent certification as the first National Wildlife Federation Certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the state of Arkansas, but area residents were unfazed. They said that the rain was badly needed and celebrants gathered […] Read more >

Spring flowers, by Wikipedia user Halpaugh.

In Defense of Wildflowers

6/12/2012 // By Larry Schweiger

NWF View By Larry J. Schweiger “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn […] Read more >