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Bill McKibben on 350.org International Climate Day of Action

Many of you remember seeing Bill McKibben speak at The Conservation Alliance Breakfast last January. His talk focused on 350.org, an international movement to convince climate treaty negotiators in Copenhagen in December to push for a treaty that will bring atmospheric CO2 levels down to 350 parts per million. The organization organized an international day of action on October 24. Here is video of McKibben talking about the day, and next steps.

San Juan Mountains Wilderness Bill Introduced

Conservation Alliance grantee Wilderness Support Center reports that Rep. John Salazar introduced legislation today that would protect 61,000 acres of Wilderness in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. The legislation would expand the existing Mt. Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas, establish the McKenna Peak Wilderness in western San Miguel County, create the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area along the alpine ridge between San Miguel and San Juan Counties, and prohibit oil and gas development in Naturita Canyon near Norwood.

Click here for the full press release from Congressman Salazar.

The North Face Passes it On for 350.org

Conservation Alliance co-founder The North Face has teamed up with 350.org to raise awareness about global warming. Specifically, TNF is supporting 350.org's effort to convince negotiators at the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark to develop a treaty that calls for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels to 350 parts per million. Check out TNF's creative "Pass it On" video. I'm told that nearly every TNF employee worldwide is in the video. Cool stuff!

The Rogue River Runs Free!

After years of dedicated effort, Conservation Alliance grantee WaterWatch succeeded in its effort to remove the Savage Rapids Dam from Oregon's Rogue River. Crews completed the removal project — ahead of schedule — on October 10 at 11 AM. The Rogue now runs free for 153 miles. Check out the two videos below. The first is a compilation of the final day of the actual removal. The second chronicles the first drift boat run through the new Savage Rapids, where the dam once stood. Congratulations WaterWatch!

The final removal:

The first run:

Bring Those Klamath Dams Down!

Conservation Alliance grantee California Trout reports that a deal was reached last week to remove four dams on the Klamath River, and restore 300 miles of important salmon habitat. Cal Trout was a party to the negotiations, which would result in the largest dam removal in US history. The Klamath dams are widely blamed for a massive salmon die-off in 2002. If implemented, this agreement will lead to the dam owners — PacifiCorp — removing the four structures beginning in 2020.

Click here for the full story from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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