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Favorites on Friday: Downeast Lakes Land Trust Celebrates!

December 21, 2012 by Serena Bishop

Photo: Mark Berry

In 2011, The Conservation Alliance funded Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s West Grand Lake Community Forest Campaign to permanently protect 21,700 acres as a community forest.

On Tuesday, December 18th, the acquisition of a conservation easement on this land was announced. This easement includes 17 miles of shoreline on West Grand, Big, and Lower Oxbrook lakes, along with frontage on Big Musquash Stream and conserves 1/4 mile on the west side of Grand Lake Stream above Big Falls. This is a major milestone in the West Grand Lake Community Forest Project.

“Grand Lake Stream has a rich heritage as a destination for outdoor recreation,” said Mark Berry, Executive Director of Downeast Lakes Land Trust. “By permanently conserving these lands, and guaranteeing they will always be open to the public for recreation, we’re protecting that heritage and a way of life for future generations.”

Click here to read more.

{worthWILD} ALLEGANY

December 19, 2012 by Serena Bishop

{worthWILD} ALLEGANY from Conservation Alliance on Vimeo.

The Conservation Alliance has released {worthWILD} ALLEGANY, the third video in the {worthWILD} series. The film tells the story of Adirondack Mountain Club's successful campaign to protect New York's Allegany State Park from oil drilling, and related habitat destruction, landscape alteration, and ground and surface water contamination.

Unwilling to accept energy development in a popular state park, Adirondack Mountain Club organized and then amplified the voices of people who love Allegany State Park.This short film illustrates how these collective voices came together to convince the State of New York to designate 85 percent of the 65,000-acre park as Park Preservation Area.

Click here to watch the film.

Everest Textile: The Triple Bottom Line

December 18, 2012 by Serena Bishop

Everest Textile Eco-Industrial Park

Conservation Alliance member and textile manufacturer, Everest Textile Co., LTD, have devoted themselves to “Co-creating Triple-Bottom-Line.”

They believe that caring about and helping others; and protecting our wild places is good for business. Everest is a global innovation-sustainability solution provider of textiles to the outdoor industry and they take the responsibility of corporate citizenship very seriously; working diligently to make their business a model of sustainability.

Everest’s focus on sustainability started with reducing energy consumption (an economic aspect) and reducing their carbon footprint (an environmental aspect), but has since extended further to include social justice and integrity (a social aspect). Everest aims to achieve “Triple-Bottom-Line” from these three sustainable perspectives: Economy, Environment and Society.

Everest is a market leader and has been rewarded for these efforts – receiving a number of awards from the Taiwanese government including the Taiwan Green Benchmarking Award, the Green Factory Award (including the certification and recognition of green buildings and cleaner production), and receiving final confirmation for the Everest Textile Eco-Industrial Park as the Sight-seeing Factory.

To learn more about Everest Textile Co. and their commitment to a sustainable future, click here to check out their Sustainability Report.

Everest Natural Education Farm

Everest Show Room

Roger Yeh (left), President of Everest, received the Green Factory Award from Ministry Economics Affairs of Taiwan

 

Breaking News: Oil, gas development banned in B.C's Sacred Headwaters

December 18, 2012 by Serena Bishop

Photo: Brian Huntington

The British Columbia government has confirmed a ban on oil and gas development in the Sacred Headwaters region of northwestern B.C; a huge success for Conservation Alliance grantee Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

"There are no words to even describe how we're feeling about this right now," Shannon McPhail, the executive director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, said after hearing the annoucement.

"This has been a long road of 10 years of working on this and I think it has been a huge victory."

The moratorium will prevent Shell Canada from doing exploratory drilling in the area, which is home to the headwaters of three salmon-bearing rivers: the Skeena, Nass and Stikine.

Read more here.

Favorites on Friday: A love of the GREAT outdoors inspires CLIF Bar's commitment to Protect the Places We Play.

December 14, 2012 by Serena Bishop
      
At CLIF Bar, a spirit of adventure and love for the outdoors inspires a commitment to Protect the Places We Play; climate change is the biggest threat to these places.
 
CLIF Bar challenges themselves, their partners and their consumers to be a part of the efforts needed to restore our planet for future generations.
 
CLIF Bar & Company is a Conservation Alliance Pinnacle Member; contributing at least $100,000 annually to The Conservation Alliance. We are grateful to CLIF Bar for going above-and-beyond their required membership dues to further our efforts to protect North America's wild places.

Celebrate our breathtaking mountains

December 12, 2012 by Tuleyome
By Special to The Davis Enterprise From page A6 | December 11, 2012 By Charlotte Orr Dec. 11 has been designated International Mountain Day. The day was created by the United Nations in 2003 to promote awareness about the importance of the world’s mountains and highlands. Mountains are crucial to life, provide most of the world’s fresh water, harbor a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in 10 people. Luckily in our back yard, you don’t have to go far to appreciate breathtaking mountains. Nearby, there is Berryessa Peak, the highest point of Blue Ridge, a small mountain ridge east of Lake Berryessa. In September 2008, private landowners established a trail easement that opened up 9,100 acres of public lands and gave public access to the remarkable views and summit of Berryessa Peak. Also worth mentioning is Snow Mountain, in the 37,000-acre Snow Mountain Wilderness... Read More

Time to Renew New Year's Resolutions!

December 12, 2012 by Tuleyome
It's time to start thinking of those New Year's resolutions!This year,  we ask that you resolve to help us permanently protect the Berryessa Snow Mountain region!Visit our website at www.berryessasnowmountain.org for more information!... Read More

Favorites on Friday: A Free Flowing River

December 07, 2012 by Serena Bishop

Photo: Ben Knight

On October 26, 2011, at 12pm in the afternoon, the Condit Dam came down. The White Salmon River, in Washington State, was free to flow for the first time in 100 years.

On November 11, 2012, just over one year later, the first organized float down the White Salmon River took place. The water was clear, salmon swam by, wildlife was abundant.

“You think back a year ago to when the blast happened, when all that sediment was let loose. Just a year later, the salmon are spawning in the lower river. It’s incredible how resilient the river and the salmon are. It’s a new river, and it’s still evolving so much.” Said Amy Kober of American Rivers.

In 1993, The Conservation Alliance funded American Whitewater for its campaign to implement a plan to improve recreational access to the nation's whitewater rivers and streams. A major component of that effort was to restore the White Salmon River in Washington State by removing the Condit Dam.

Nearly 20 years later, this project succeeded with the breaching of the dam, and restoration of the magnificent White Salmon River.

Learn more about The Joyous First Descent of a Newly Dam-Free River over at Adventure Journal.

The Story to Save the Gaviota Coast Forever

December 04, 2012 by Serena Bishop

 
 

In just over two generations, 280 of the 300 miles of southern California's once unspoiled coastline have been lost to development, FOREVER. Only 20 miles of coastline remain undeveloped and unprotected -- for every generation that follows us.

 

Twenty men, for twenty years, for twenty miles... This is the story of the Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara Chapter's epic struggle to preserve the Gaviota Coast - southern California's last remaining stretch of unspoiled, rural coastline. For twenty years, twenty men have withstood a slew of deep-pocket developers, major corporations, and elected officials in their effort to protect the Gaviota Coast's incredible biodiversity and unparalleled scenic beauty.

"The Twenty" is an inspiring story of ordinary people, fueled by their passion and their love, who stand together against improbable odds to defend one of California's last great places.

To learn more about how to get involved and protect the Gaviota Coast, visit Surfrider and The Twenty.