The sad result will almost certainly be more tar sands spills, harming moose, waterfowl, great herons, river otters, and a host of other creatures. Here are some reasons we need to say no to tar sands oil:
Despite industry claims that oil pipelines are safe, the facts speak otherwise. Oil pipelines leak, burst and rupture causing massive water contamination. In 2010, the nation’s largest inland oil spill ever occurred when an Enbridge-owned tar sands pipeline burst in Marshall, Michigan, coating large parts of a 40 mile section of the Kalamazoo River with heavy oil. In 2011, another pipeline burst in the Yellowstone River, sending at least 42,000 gallons down a 20-mile stretch of the river, sullying the banks and floodplains. Just this spring, a pipeline burst in Santa Barbara, California creating a nine-mile plume on the ocean that harmed otters, seals, shorebirds and other wildlife.
While conventional oil floats on water, making it possible to skim large amounts off the surface, tar sands oil is sticky and heavy, and it sinks. It mixes with the bottom of the waterbody and stays there indefinitely. Despite repeated dredging attempts, after five years and over a billion dollars of clean-up expense, the Kalamazoo River is still polluted with oil. In short, tar sands is very expensive and nearly impossible to clean up.
The Kalamazoo spill coated and killed countless wildlife in Michigan. The spill killed many of birds, turtles and mammals it oiled. In fact, a quarter of impacted birds died, and over 60% of small mammals affected perished. The spill also harmed fish eggs, and the tiny midges and flies that provide fish with food, upsetting the food chain.
Pipeline safety regulation is severely lax and lacking. Federal rules allow pipeline companies to basically write their own safety plans with little review. Recent spills show how dire the situation is. In the Kalamazoo spill, it took the company 17 hours to detect the spill. 81% of the tar sands oil that spilled was pumped after the pipe burst. A 2013 tar sands spill in Arkansas occurred on an old line and officials suspect the line may have been too old and weak to handle its use. In the Santa Barbara spill, the pipe wall had been allowed to wear away to virtually nothing with little oversight.
Despite major spills and extreme threats, industry wants to run more tar sands oil though places which will threaten the waters wildlife depend on. In Northern New England, industry is eyeing plans to run tar sands through and near waters that are important to moose and other wildlife – places like Victory Bog, Vermont, the Connecticut River and Sebago Lake, which supply 200,000 Mainers with drinking water. Industry is already seeking to expand tar sands transport near the Great Lakes and through the vital wetlands, streams and rivers of Northern Minnesota where moose, loons, wolves and other wildlife live. And there are also plans to bring train cars loaded with tar sands along the shores of Lake Champlain, a jewel of Northern New England and upstate New York.Thanks to support from wildlife advocates like you, National Wildlife Federation is working with affiliates and partners to stop these threats.
We are convincing municipalities to oppose tar sands expansion, advocating for stricter safety measures, and pushing for clean, renewable energy alternatives to get us off oil. We need energy investments that don’t threaten moose, loons, river otters and other wildlife with toxic spills that permanently destroy our rivers, wetlands, lakes and streams.
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June 22 – Tens of thousands of people across the nation will be camping for a cause on Saturday with the kickoff of the 11th Annual National Wildlife Federation Great American Campout. In conjunction with Great Outdoors Month, the annual event runs through September 7, 2015 encouraging people of all ages to camp in their parks, campgrounds, backyards and neighborhoods as a way to reconnect with nature.
“Spending time in America’s great outdoors is not only a chance to renew our own spirit, it’s a chance to inspire our next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and public land stewards,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation, who’ll be taking part in his home state’s Delaware Capital Campout. “That’s why I spend as much time as I can camping, hiking and fishing with my daughter – to share the rejuvenating conservation values and love for the natural world that my parents instilled in me. This helps us live the adage that we only conserve what we love, love what we understand, and understand what we are taught.”
June 23 – This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the major law to protect people and the environment from harmful chemicals. Passage of this bill by the full House sets the stage for these critical chemical safety protections to be revised for the first time in 39 years. The Senate now must take up its version that passed the Environment and Public Works Committee in April.
June 25 – Today the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) publicly released its draft review of the City of Waukesha’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan—a move that could have ramifications for how the eight-state region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, including the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, manage the largest surface freshwater resource in the world, the Great Lakes. The City’s requested diversion is the first since the 2008 ratification of the Great Lakes Compact and Agreement—a pact between the eight states and two provinces to protect Great Lakes water and promote wise water use. The Compact generally bans the diversion of Great Lakes water, with some narrow exceptions. Conservation groups are raising significant questions about whether the City actually needs to divert Great Lakes water.
June 22 – The National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, welcomes Dirk Sellers as its new vice president for philanthropy.
June 23 – Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife, too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, charged with perpetuating the wildlife resources of the state, also provides a variety of places to enjoy camping whether it is a first-time experience or one of many this year at Colorado State Parks.
CPW and the National Wildlife Federation, which is sponsoring the 11th Great American Campout, encourage people to camp close to home or far, with all the gear to make it home, or with just the necessities.
The Providence Journal: Collin O’Mara and Michael Sabitoni: Block Island Wind Farm could launch new American energy revolution
“Can you think of a single technology that is used extensively abroad, yet not at all here in the United States? This summer, Rhode Island will make history by breaking ground on America’s first offshore wind project. This first domestic installation at Block Island will stand in stark contrast to Europe’s massive, decades-old offshore wind industry that includes nearly 2,500 offshore wind turbines and supports 60,000 jobs.”
The Washington Examiner: Murkowski defends budget approach against Dem criticism
“This doesn’t look like that,” said Josh Saks, senior legislative representative with the National Wildlife Federation. “I think certainly this is the type of bill that is not made for bipartisan support.”
ABC 7: Los Angeles River Open to Kayakers through Labor Day
“We’re trying to build the largest wildlife crossing in the world, outside of LA, to help mountain lions have room to roam,” said Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California director of the National Wildlife Federation.
Examiner: Great American Campout invites you to go camping
“June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities with your family. The National Wildlife Federation invites you to pitch a tent and give camping a try during the Great American Campout.”
Michigan Environmental Council: Milliken Award recipient Andy Buchsbaum: Accomplished Great Lakes guardian
“After 11 years as Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center, Buchsbaum became NWF Vice President of Conservation Action in late 2014. It’s a national position, but he remains based in Ann Arbor—not surprising for someone with such deep roots in the region.”
The Charlotte Observer: Matthews’ Squirrel Lake Park fosters plant education
“With Matthews being a community-certified wildlife habitat, we are trying to do more things to help educate the public,” said HAWK member Jill Palmer. “With the QR codes on the signs, we’re hoping it will encourage folks to take it a step further and learn more about the importance of growing native plants for wildlife.”
The Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award “recognizes individuals who show outstanding leadership, enduring commitment and extraordinary public service in protecting natural resources at the local, state and national levels.” Andy—who served as the Regional Executive Director for NWF’s Great Lakes office for 11 years before taking on his current role—has worked for decades to understand threats, identify solutions and build the political will needed to protect and restore the world’s greatest freshwater resource.
“Andy’s vision has guided some of the most decisive victories for the Great Lakes in the last decade. He is a true force for wildlife and all outdoor enthusiasts, and I’m proud that my good friend and colleague’s contributions are being honored with such a prestigious award.”
– Collin O’Mara, National Wildlife Federation president and chief executive officer.
As an Illinois native, serving and protecting the Great Lakes is in Andy’s DNA. He has worked for grassroots organizations such as the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) to support legislation to hold polluters responsible for their toxic messes, and larger organizations like the National Environmental Law Center, where his major victory against Dow Chemical in 1997 has had lasting impacts on the Saginaw River watershed.During his tenure at NWF, Andy has helped to lead the teams of dedicated conservationists that achieved not one, but two once-a-generation policy wins in the 2008 Great Lakes Compact and the 2009 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), including co-founding and co-chairing the Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition, the leading nongovernmental voice for the GLRI.
His efforts have brought a regional conversation to the national stage, securing significant support and funding and bipartisan support for crucial restoration efforts.
We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Andy for this outstanding achievement, and look forward to many years of conservation successes to come.]]>
June 17 – Healthy soil can protect us from drought and flood impacts, saving farms, rural communities and even the American agriculture industry, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Can Soil Save Us? Making the Case for Cover Crops as Extreme Weather Risk Management details the many benefits of investing in healthy soil as protection from natural disasters.
Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as drought and floods, often hitting farmers and rural America hardest. Decades of mechanized farming has left our soils degraded and particularly vulnerable to extreme weather; unable to retain water to withstand dry spells and unable to soak up excess water during flood.
U.S. News & World Report: Ohio, Michigan agree to crack down on pollutants feeding Lake Erie’s toxic algae
“This is a game-changer, an ambitious collective goal that, if met, could significantly reduce harmful algal blooms and the economic, social and environmental havoc they wreak,” said Mike Shriberg, regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office.
Reuters: Groups urge more room for Yellowstone bison to roam, end to severe culling
The report by the National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation and Wildlife Conservation Society comes after the National Park Service closed a public comment period on proposals to retool policies that have seen thousands of purebred buffalo from the nation’s last wild herd killed since 2000.
Ag Professional: Wildlife Federation says cover crops extremely necessary
“We can never prevent drought or floods, but we can get smarter about them,” said Patricia White, senior policy specialist at the NWF and the report’s author. “In addition to predicting extreme events before and responding after, we can build soil quality to support farms when disaster hits. That healthy soil will act as a reservoir to hold moisture during a drought and a sponge to hold water during floods. And water held in our farm fields won’t be flooding our homes and streets.”
The Times Argus: Protecting the great outdoors
Until last month, more than half of America’s streams and 20 million acres of wetlands were stuck in a kind of legal limbo. This includes much of our cold water fisheries and some of the most productive waterfowl habitat in North America. These waters provide drinking water for more than 117 million Americans, support billions of dollars of economic activity, and provide vital habitat for thousands of fish and wildlife species.
The Hill: Hypocritical attack on EPA and supporters of water rule
And that is why I joined Collin O’Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, and Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited, in writing to The Hill in support of the clean water rule on June 5. Our community has celebrated the rulemaking process, which allowed sportsmen, farmers, businesses, and other stakeholders to provide feedback on initial drafts of the rule, and the EPA’s move to release more than half America’s streams and 20 million acres of wetlands from legal limbo. This process worked, and we’re pleased with the results—protection of the waters and wetlands that are the backbone of our sporting traditions and outdoor economy.
License! Global Magazine: NWF to Introduce New Licensing Program
“Deana is a highly talented, proven executive with a strong track record of creativity and innovation–especially in the areas of brand development and licensing,” says Maureen Smith, vice president, marketing and communications, National Wildlife Federation, to whom Duffek will report. “Her expertise, design aesthetic, and passion for wildlife strengthens our team, we are looking forward to a new day for our brands.”
June 5 – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the U.S. host of the international Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) program, is proud to announce the 2015 middle and high school winners of the Young Reporters for the Environment USA (YRE-USA) competition. The distinction is given to students who show exceptional journalistic talent in either writing, photography or video.
The YRE-USA competition jury panel consisted of distinct professionals who possessed expertise in the fields of environmental conservation, sustainable development, journalism, photography, videography, and education. Students were judged based on structure and quality, fair, balanced and objective reporting, informative and well researched content, originality, style and independence, and dissemination.
June 3 – When the 2015 Licensing Expo kicks off in Las Vegas June 9, National Wildlife Federation® will debut a new licensing program and an all-star leadership team that includes the newly appointed head of brand licensing Deana Duffek. Duffek is a creative leader and brand developer and a 15-year veteran of the licensing business. As head of brand development and licensing for NWF, Duffek will oversee a global operation that delivers innovative and engaging products, from books, toys and apparel to digital APPS, and fine art, through its licensing, publishing, online and catalog businesses.
June 3 – The National Wildlife Federation is joining with dozens of conservation and gardening organizations as well as seed groups to form the National Pollinator Garden Network and launch a new nationwide campaign – the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Designed to accelerate growing efforts across America, the Network is launching the Challenge in support of President Barack Obama’s call to action to reverse the decline of pollinators, such as honey bees, native bees and hummingbirds, as well as monarch butterflies.
Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, was among the representatives of the Network joining First Lady Michelle Obama today at the White House garden, which includes a section dedicated to support pollinators, to formally launch the Challenge. O’Mara pledged the Federation’s support through the Garden for Wildlife program (NWF.org/Garden), which offers Americans the opportunity to make their yard, garden or community space into an NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat that supports pollinators.
The Washington Post: How Europe’s climate policies led to more U.S. trees being cut down
The concern over emissions is compounded by what ecologists describe as a growing threat to forests and wildlife in the Southeast as demand for wood pellets grows. In North Carolina, the heaviest logging is occurring in flood plains and wetlands that are among the region’s most productive natural habits. In Georgia, where most of the trees for wood pellets are grown on pine plantations, natural forests are rapidly disappearing as landowners see new opportunities to make money, said Ben Larson, forestry and bio-energy program manager for the National Wildlife Federation.
Bloomberg BNA: Waters of the U.S. Rule Faces Likely Challenges on Tributaries, Other Issues, Attorneys Say
Jan Goldman-Carter, senior manager attorney with the National Wildlife Federation’s wetlands and water resources program, disagreed. “The final rule does not resurrect the migratory bird rule criticized in SWANCC, and arguments that it does are disingenuous,” Goldman-Carter told Bloomberg BNA.
Arizona Republic: Wolf Therapy: The Latest in Mental Health Care
Contact with people can be stressful for wild animals, says David Mizejewski, a naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation. “Wolves, more than probably any other species on this planet, are shackled with our myths about them,” he says. “They’re seen as the big bad wolf or as spirit animals, practically angels, and both do a disservice to the living, breathing animals.”
Cleveland: Don’t muddy Clean Water rule: editorial
The National Wildlife Federation and the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition sponsored a statewide poll last month that found 54 percent of Ohio voters favored the extension of Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands to “protect our health and important habitats from dangerous pollution,” according to the survey.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: State ruling expected this summer on Waukesha’s request for lake water
Given the precedent-setting nature of its request, Waukesha would be expected to gather all the information necessary to justify its plan before the request is forwarded to the other Great Lakes states, said Marc Smith, senior policy manager with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes office in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is a member of the Council of Great Lakes Governors’ advisory committee for the compact.
VT Digger: Tar Sands Could be headed by Rail to Lake Champlain
The National Wildlife Federation’s report, “Tar Sands At Our Doorstep: The Threat to the Lake Champlain Region’s Waters, Wildlife, and Climate,” recommends a moratorium on all oil-by-rail transport, including along the Canadian Pacific Railway, until governments can enact stricter regulations.
Yesterday, the National Wildlife Federation honored key environmental leaders at the 2015 Conservation Achievement Awards Gala. Honorees included top pioneer of the green building movement, William McDonough, longtime outdoorsmen Jim Posewitz, environmental education advocates, the NYC iSchool and many more!
May 14 – The National Wildlife Federation is honoring William McDonough of Charlottesville, VA as the recipient of NWF’s 2015 J.N. “Ding” Darling Conservation Award. The award is given to outstanding individuals who have made great progress in the environmental movement and continue to innovate, inspire and leave a legacy within the environmental world. McDonough will receive the award on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards Gala.
May 13 – Today the State of Michigan announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy for the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River—the largest inland oil disaster in U.S. history, in which more than 800,000 gallons of oil contaminated 38 miles of the river, sickening people, killing fish and wildlife, and harming the economy. Five years after the disaster, the cleanup is not complete as Enbridge Energy continues to clean up the river.
May 14 – The National Wildlife Federation is honoring longtime outdoorsman, conservation advocate and hunting ethicist Jim Posewitz as its 2015 Conservationist of the Year. The award is given to conservation leaders who have dedicated a lifetime to critical conservation issues. Posewitz is receiving the award at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards Gala.
Posewitz tirelessly advocates on behalf of sportsmen for the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places. His most recent work has involved direct partnership with National Wildlife Federation, championing the restoration of bison in Montana.
May 13 – The NYC iSchool has been selected as winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) 2015 Education award. The award is given to schools that implement outstanding work to pursue environmental education and leadership within their institution. The iSchool will receive their award on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards Gala.
May 13 – The National Wildlife Federation is honoring Jomar Floyd of Florida with its prestigious National Conservation Youth Leader Award. Floyd was presented with the award at the National Wildlife Federation’s 79thAnnual Meeting on March 28, 2015, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Youth Leader Award recognizes the special conservation achievements of youth leadership from the NWF affiliate ranks.
May 12 – A review by the National Wildlife Federation of how state trust lands are managed in the West underlines a big concern of hunters, anglers and other outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts – that everyday Americans will lose out if states take control of national public lands.
May 12 – The National Wildlife Federation is honoring U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan with a 2015 National Conservation Achievement Legislative Award, given to members of Congress with a proven legislative track record of environmental responsibility. Stabenow will receive the award on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at NWF’s Conservation Achievement Awards Gala.
May 12 – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recognized six honorees for their outstanding contributions to the conservation field at NWF’s annual Conservation Achievement Awards on May 14th, 2015, at the Ronald Reagan Building, in Washington D.C.
May 11 – House bill H.R. 1732 (the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015″), introduced by Reps. Gibbs (R-OH) and Shuster (R-PA), would block a proposed rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and wetlands.
Wyoming Public Radio: Obama Denounces Defense Act Rider Delaying Sage Grouse Listing by 10 Years
National Wildlife Federation spokesman Judi Kohler says it would also undermine all Wyoming’s hard work to save the bird. “The state, in conjunction with private land owners and federal land managers, are really at the forefront of trying to save this bird. It would be really too bad to see all that just kind of put on hold and not go anywhere. And meanwhile, we’ll probably continue to see sage grouse decline.”
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Clean Water Rule just makes sense
“The EPA’s Clean Water Rule is both legally and scientifically sound and will put every state in the country back on a path toward restoring the Nation’s waterways. Congress needs to abandon its reckless efforts to stop it from happening.”
Cary Citizen: Make Your Yard a Wildlife Oasis
“Cary has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to ask citizens, businesses and organizations to certify their outdoor spaces as wildlife habitats. David Lindquist shares how your can turn your own yard into an oasis for birds, bees and butterflies.”
Cleveland Online: House passes bill promoted by Rep. Bob Gibbs to overturn EPA water rules
National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara said the bill’s adoption would undermine water protections. “Scuttling the process now is premature, as EPA is working to clarify and improve the rule based upon sound science and the million public comments received,” said a statement from O’Mara. “We urge Congress to exercise restraint until the final rule is released and to work to protect our drinking water supplies, conserve our favorite recreational waterways, and restore important habitats for numerous species of wildlife.”
The Salt Lake Tribune: Threat of listing the sage grouse as endangered may be enough to protect the bird
“A poll released in fall 2014 from the National Wildlife Federation showed 9 out of 10 hunters support taking action to protect sage grouse habitat. And 84 percent back efforts that could lead to limits on energy development, grazing rights or access for motorized recreation.”
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In 2014, the NYC iSchool was recognized by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program with the Green Flag award for conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum. Science teacher Peter Mulroy has designed and taught a series of nine-week intensive science modules incorporating eight of the ten Eco-Schools Pathways. In each of these modules, student groups collected data on the school’s environmental impact and used the data to propose and implement lasting positive changes to make the school a more sustainable place. Students completed such projects as creating wildlife habitat, building bird houses, and initiating energy conservation measures in the school. Learn more about the NYC iSchool’s sustainability practices at the National Conservation Achievement Awards Gala on May 14.
The NYC iSchool first opened in 2008 with 100 ninth grade students in an old school building in the SoHo area of Manhattan. In the last few years, the NYC iSchool has increased its environmental education under the leadership of Mr. Mulroy. As the school’s sustainability coordinator, Mr. Mulroy created curricula at the NYC iSchool in partnership with New York-based conservation groups such as Trees NY, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and the NYC Audubon Society.
Join NWF in honoring the NYC iSchool at the National Conservation Achievement Awards (now famously known as the Connies), on May 14, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C and meet the school’s outstanding conservation leader, Peter Mulroy.]]>
A Montana activist, hunter, author and promoter of hunter ethics, Jim Posewitz or “Poz” as he is also known, tirelessly advocates on behalf of sportsmen for the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places. Most recently, Mr. Posewitz has worked closely with National Wildlife Federation to have bison restored to the 1.1-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.
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To learn more about Mr. Posewitz’s great conservation work, hear him speak at the National Conservation Achievement Awards on May 14.
Mr. Posewitz has served as the Executive Director of both the Cinnabar Foundation and Orion, The Husters’ Institute. He also worked for the State of Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks for over 30 years, after receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Science from Montana State University.
Join NWF in honoring Jim Posewitz at the National Conservation Achievement Awards (now famously known as the Connies), on May 14, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C and meet this exemplary conservation leader.
In other news, today is the last day to speak up on behalf of mule deer! Tell the U.S. Department of the Interior to stop subsidizing the expansion of coal mines on mule deer habitat!
May 1 – The National Wildlife Federation has awarded Sand Creek Elementary School in Highlands Ranch the highest honor in the Eco-Schools USAprogram, which recognizes exceptional achievement in conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum.
Students, teachers and staff watched Friday as the Eco-Schools Green Flag was raised on the school grounds. Sand Creek is the sixth school in Colorado to earn a Green Flag and among only 44 nationwide. Colorado has 61 registered Eco-Schools out of 3,233 nationwide. The Douglas County School District, which has earned all the Green Flags in Colorado, said sustainability is very important to the district in both its operations and educational curriculum.
May 7 – Today the Minnesota Conservation Federation and the National Wildlife Federation are launching a radio advertising blitz in Minneapolis and Duluth, urging U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to support Clean Water Act protections for waters that nearly 1 million Minnesota’s depend on for safe drinking water. The ad campaign comes as many in Congress attempt to roll back Clean Water Act protections in a new federal rule.
Listen to the ad here: http://bit.ly/1IjhBea
The Hill: Keep America’s public lands in public hands
“Yet, just as my 3-year old daughter Riley and I—and millions of other outdoor enthusiasts—are shaking off the long winter by getting outdoors, a growing assault on our nation’s public lands is under way at the state and federal levels. The attacks range from efforts to give states control and potentially privatize national public lands to blocking presidents’ ability to establish national monuments to bills selling public lands and repealing essential safeguards for our water, air, and wildlife.”
The Denver Post: Willoughby: Federal land transfer idea fails but won’t go away
“Despite strong public support for maintaining our public lands as they are, hunters and anglers recognize that we’re going to have to keep fighting to make sure that our American birthright isn’t sold out from under us or carved up,” said Bill Dvorak, a Nathrop-based river outfitter and public lands organizer with the National Wildlife Federation. “These lands are an important part of our heritage, our economy and our identity as Coloradans and Americans.”
USA Today: Pipeline info would become secret under Mich. Bill
“A joint University of Michigan-National Wildlife Federation study last year found a pipeline break under the straits would devastate a wide area of the Great Lakes and surrounding shoreline communities.”
Michigan Radio: Communities use “green infrastructure” to adapt to climate change
“We’re seeing things like an increase in storms as well as increased droughts. We have more precipitation overall but it’s coming in bigger outbursts with longer gaps in between it,” says Mike Shriberg is the regional executive director of the Great Lakes office of the National Wildlife Federation.
KTLA 5: Wildlife Crossing
“Gayle Anderson was live in Venice where the G2 Gallery presents GETTING THERE: A WILDLIFE CROSSING OVER THE 101, a photography exhibit focused on the National Wildlife Federation spearheaded, nationally recognized effort to build a wildlife crossing in Liberty Canyon for Los Angeles area animals.”
North Carolina Sportsman: Tick-borne diseases are on the rise; here’s what they do and how to avoid them
More and more people are at risk of being infected in today’s warmer environment, according to Dr. Doug Inkley, writing in a National Wildlife Federation report. “Most of the ticks that bite and infect humans with (Lyme) disease are nymphs, which are most active in the summer months when people and pets are also most active. With climate change, these ticks are projected to be more widespread than ever before,” Inkley wrote.
During the development of the 2014 Farm Bill, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry led support efforts in the House of Representatives and boldly championed provisions to protect our nation’s wetlands and prairies, as well as the wildlife that depend upon these ecosystems. Rep. Fortenberry has also used his role on the Appropriations Committee to advocate for full funding for Farm Bill conservation programs to help farmers, ranchers, and foresters restore grasslands and wetlands and to adopt conservation practices on their working lands, thus delivering clean water, healthy soil, and abundant habitat for wildlife.Learn more about the 2014 Farm Bill and two of its main proponents by attending the National Conservation Achievement Awards.
Elected in 2000, Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 and has worked on two past Farm Bills. Both are outspoken conservation champions and strive to help farmers protect water quality and make a safe place for wildlife.
Join NWF in honoring Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry at the National Conservation Achievement Awards (now famously known as the Connies), on May 14, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C and meet these outstanding individuals for yourself!
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