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[1THING] Blog: Archive for July, 2016

[ Progress: Congressman urges against legislation to cut wildlife refuge in half ]

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[ Plan for lands near Thompson Divide Colorado would cancel portion of illegally issued energy leases while leaving other lands at risk ]

Jennifer Dickson

Taking the next step in a public process to determine how to manage 65 illegally-issued leases in the White River National Forest in Western Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management released a final plan that proposes to c

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[ 5 reasons BLM needs to finalize the DRECP and the Wind and Solar Leasing Rule ]

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landmark collaboration between state and federal agencies which strikes a balance between the urgent need for renewable energy and the protection of the most-valuable desert lands.

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[ Why did Walmart take the unusual step to tackle chemicals? ]

The business case for changing the chemicals in products is thin. But there's more to this story.

     
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[ Keep the Fire Lit: Inspiring Stories of America’s Public Lands ]

Jennifer Dickson

When our generous sponsors at The Wilderness Society first asked me to interrupt your casual dinner party with a serious discussion of the Public Lands Takeover issue that has sparked so much acrimony in the outdoors community lately, my initial reaction was probably pretty similar to a lot of y

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[ Walking and biking where trains once ruled ]

 biketraildtDuring the Golden Age of Railroads, thousands upon thousands of miles of track carried people and freight all over the country, but cars and the interstate highway system came along, rendering trains all but obsolete. So what do we do with all that track?

Why not remove the track, and let people walk or bike on the path?

Making that happen is the goal of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, 30,000 miles of rail-trails and multi-use trails, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built, with a goal of creating more walkable, bikeable communities in America.

Here in Wisconsin, you can walk or bike 93 different rail trails, with a total of more than 1800 miles! 25 more projects are underway, which will add even more to that impressive figure.

Trails in Wisconsin include the Elroy-Sparta Trail, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. And plans are moving along on an effort to complete a 400- to 500-mile network that would stretch west from Milwaukee to Madison and possibly Minneapolis, Minnesota, and south from Sheboygan to Kenosha—and even Chicago—traversing urban, suburban and rural communities.

Find out more about this great organization here.

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[ World Resources Institute ]

  World Resources Institute
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives.
 

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10 G Street NE
Suite 800,
Washington, DC 20002
202.729.7600
202.729.7610 (fax)

www.wri.org/

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Number: 96456

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[ River Network ]

  River Network
We empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country.
 

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209 SW Oak Street, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204
503.241.3506

www.rivernetwork.org/

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Number: 10407

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[ Environment America Research & Policy Center ]

 

Environment America Research & Policy Center
Has more than 100 advocates, organizers, and issue experts working together to preserve our air, water, and open spaces, promoting a cleaner, greener, healthier future. 


 

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44 Winter Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-747-4449
www.environmentamericacenter.org/

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Number: 65905

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[ Solutions for the toxic algae crisis in Florida and beyond ]

Large food companies are pushing their supply chains to reduce fertilizer runoff. If scaled up, this model could prevent harmful algae blooms.

     
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