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Take Action Tuesday: Celebrate Earth Day with Ibex & The Conservation Alliance

April 22, 2014 by Serena Bishop
Ibex_2 In observation of Earth Day, 10% of all Ibex sales on Tuesday, April 22th will be donated to The Conservation Alliance. 

Update from Montana Wilderness Association at 04/21/14 8:13 PM

April 21, 2014 by Montana Wilderness Association
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A-B Front - Shoshone National Forest & BLM Bighorn Basin Update April, 2014

April 19, 2014 by Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Shoshone National Forest Since October 2013, GYC has built local support for a new preferred alternative (G) in the Final Forest Plan that would increase the amount of acres protected from oil and gas development. Through meetings with key Forest Service personnel, county commissioners, GYC’s local membership and others, we were successful in securing Alternative G as the preferred alternative in the Final Forest Plan, which was released in late January 2014. Under this new alternative, the number of acres protected by No Surface Occupancy stipulations increased from 619,100 to 916,441. Additionally, just over 70,000 acres in nine new Research Natural Areas will receive enhanced protections from development. These new measures will safeguard some of the forest’s most important habitat for grizzly bears, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep and elk. We view these protections as a significant achievement and we’ll be working diligently until a Record of Decision is released... Read More

Favorites on Friday: Gregory Mountain Products is Proud to Protect The Places We Love!

April 18, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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Since Gregory's inception more than 35 years ago, they have placed a priority on helping to preserve the areas we all love to recreate in. This has included the giving of time, cold hard cash, and free merchandise to foster the preservation of mountain environments. One such conservation organization Gregory has supported for the last seven years has been The Conservation Alliance. Through their support, Gregory hopes to make wild places more accessible to anyone that wants to get outside and find how the trail speaks to them.

Click here to read more of the Gregory Story.

WildSouth Reports an Important Step Toward Wilderness Protection

April 15, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate's Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. This legislation would create one new wilderness area and expand the boundaries of five other wilderness areas already established within the Cherokee National Forest.

The act now awaits a floor vote in the Senate and introduction in the House of Representatives.

The Tennessee Wilderness Act was first introduced by U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker in 2010 after measures spelled out in the legislation were recommended by the U.S. Forest Service in 2004. The senators reintroduced the act in July. 

"Tennesseans take great pride in the fact that millions of people visit our state every year to experience our incredible God-given outdoors, and this legislation would ensure the Cherokee National Forest is preserved for future generations," Corker said Tuesday. "I thank Senator Alexander for his lifelong commitment to protecting wilderness areas, and I'm hopeful the full Senate will consider and pass this legislation in the near future."

To learn more, click here.

Photo: Bill Hodge 

Favorites on Friday: Winter 2014 Grant Announcement

April 11, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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 Thank you for your interest in and support of The Conservation Alliance. We are pleased to annouce the results of our Winter 2014 funding cycle.  We have contributed $750,000 to the 22 organizations listed below.  In 2014 we plan to award a record $1.65 million in grants.  Many great conservation opportunities lie ahead, and we're pleased to be able to support these important initiatives.

Click to view the details of all 22 grants.

 

Click to view the details of all 22 grants. 

 

Oregon's Wilderness Deficit

April 10, 2014 by Oregon Wild
The 2009 passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Act marked a significant Wilderness victory in Oregon. In the ten-plus years leading up to its passage, Oregon Wild (with support from the Conservation Alliance) developed and led a coalition of conservationists in a campaign to protect special places across Oregon. Through partnering with local businesses, conservation organizations, and dedicated activists, we finally achieved the permanent protection of over 200,000 acres of Wilderness and dozens of miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers – from Mount Hood to Copper Salmon and from Soda Mountain to the Columbia River Gorge. However, Oregon still faces a significant Wilderness deficit and lags far behind our neighbors in protecting Wilderness areas – with only 4% of our state enjoying Wilderness designation (compared to Idaho’s 8%, Washington’s 10%, and California’s 15%).... Read More

Take Action Tuesday: The Nooksack River, A True Wild and Scenic River. Take Action to Get Her on the Map!

April 08, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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The Nooksack River is a shiny gem tucked away in the North Cascades near the Canadian border. The Nooksack River system is home to all five species of native Pacific salmon, steelhead, bull trout, bald eagles, black bears, mountain goats, and many other native fish and wildlife species that need intact, wild places to survive.

The Nooksack is also the lifeblood for the local communities relying on the river for clean drinking and irrigation water and for tourism income from visitors drawn to the river's world class whitewater boating, hiking, skiing, and other recreation opportunities.

A great deal of support for protecting the Nooksack currently exists; however, Wild and Scenic River legislation does not yet exist. We are hard at work to increase public and political support in order to make that a reality in the near future.

Click here to TAKE ACTION and protect the Nooksack River as Wild and Scenic

To learn more about the Nooksack River and American Rivers work to protect it, click here. 

Photo: Rick Bower 

Window on the Lake: Kick-starting the economy

April 08, 2014 by Tuleyome
 Window on the Lake: Kick-starting the economy Reader's Views OPINION COLUMN: Window on the Lake: Kick-starting the economy By Jim Steele -- Updated:   04/01/2014 http://www.record-bee.com/readersviews/ci_25466687/opinion-column-window-lake-kick-starting-economy Lake County's special uniqueness among the other 57 counties is its ecologically unique, warm water natural lake. We are also isolated from major transportation routes and have a rugged picturesque and geologically active landscape such as Mount Konocti. This is coupled with genuine old west towns, museums and beautiful agri-tourism venues all in close proximity to major population areas. How can all of this help our local economies? We have many economic engines but promoting a destination tourist economy is a natural for local business. Much of the needed infrastructure is in place with trails, parks, and natural wonders. Wouldn't it be nice to have visitors' spending money here on vacation and returning home as they do in the Sierra Nevada playground? With more stores,... Read More

Favorites on Friday: Yellowstone to Yukon is Bridging the Gap to Stop Site C Campaign

April 04, 2014 by Serena Bishop
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A guest post by Renee Krysko, Yellowstone to Yukon

Rural Impact. Urban Voters. Bridging the Gap.

Stop Site C Campaign

Twice the size of California, British Columbia is a sizable Canadian province.  And in a province where more than half the population resides in greater Vancouver and Victoria in the south, it's easy for northern, more rural issues to go unnoticed.

Perhaps that was what BC Hydro was banking on when it re-activated an old proposal to build a third hydro-electric dam, called Site C, on the Peace River some 600 miles (1,000 km) away from these urban centers. (Click for more information)

undefinedSo far removed from Vancouver or Victoria, there was no public outcry when the dam was proposed. Few people understood that the $8 billion dollar project would skyrocket their electric bills, and that the dam would result in the destruction of some of B.C.'s best agricultural land, pose a serious threat to wildlife mobility at the narrowest point in the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor and alter a way of life for many native communities.

 

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), however, helped bridge the gap.

With the support of Conservation Alliance, we launched a media campaign focused on broadening awareness of the dam and its impacts on everyday people - including those living in urban centres. Local, provincial and national media covered the intense unfolding of the environmental assessment public hearings in December 2013 and January 2013, including the breadth of opposition to the dam and a science report on the dam's impact on wildlife that Y2Y commissioned.

We've captured some of the media highlights below. To read the full article, please click on the article title:

(Vancouver Sun)

Site C panel chairman exasperated by mountains of BC Hydro documents

Harry Swain said panel members said, "I can't stand it. I've read more material here than you could believe," he said. "The EIS (environmental impact statement) and its supporting documents are many times longer than the Bible. And the plot is not as good, nor is the language."

(EnergeticCity)

David Suzuki Foundation argues Site C would cause "irrevocable ecological harm"
...the report confirms that the cumulative effects on the region where the Site C dam would be located are "significant" and "unprecedented" in Canada, and going ahead the project would only worsen them.

(Times Colonist)

Peace is priceless, Site C hearing told

Doig Councillor Kelvin Davis said he took his grandson out on his first moose hunt a week ago..."We prepared it, skinned it, but when we opened up the cavity, this moose was unhealthy," said Davis. "It had cysts on its lungs, on its liver. It broke my heart for my grandson to shoot his first moose, and have to leave everything."

(EnergeticCity)

Cumulative effects of development like Site C could be detrimental to some wildlife
Wildlife biologist Dr. Clayton Apps has concluded that some wildlife population in the Peace Region may not be viable or recoverable in the future due to the cumulative effects of resource development, including the Site C dam. 

(The Province) 

News update - Food security and energy security at issue at Site C hearings
"If BC Hydro's dam on Site C gets built, precious alluvial soils in a class one climate capable of producing fresh vegetables for over one million British Columbians in perpetuity will be destroyed forever," says agrologist Wendy Holm.
According to the BC Hydro Site C website, however, the dam will produce enough clean energy to power 450,000 homes per year in B.C.

(Times Colonist)

Photo at Top: Larry Peterson

Photo at Left: Sarah Cox