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How a rare bog in Pennsylvania formed 13,000 years ago

Allegheny Front - Mon, 11/20/2023 - 10:16

A relic of the ice age, the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Monroe Co. is home to carnivorous pitcher plants, certain orchids, black spruce trees, and of course, wild cranberries.

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Lead testing isn’t required for Pa. school water fountains. Lawmakers want to change that

Allegheny Front - Mon, 11/20/2023 - 09:44

A new bill would create a $30 million Safe School Drinking Water Fund and require schools to replace all outdated water fountains with filtered ones by 2026.

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A new sign for the ‘birthplace of Penn State’ marks the school’s agricultural roots

Allegheny Front - Mon, 11/20/2023 - 09:01

Penn State started out as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania to help make farming practices more productive in the commonwealth.

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Offsets focus could leave farmers worse off, finds new report

Lock the Gate Alliance - Sun, 11/19/2023 - 15:17

A new report reveals how Australian farmers are on a collision course with big miners and industrial polluters thanks to the Albanese Government’s Safeguard Mechanism reforms.

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A North Island New Year

BC Tree Hunter - Sun, 11/19/2023 - 15:05

“Hey Mick, I’ve been thinking about a novel way to begin 2023. You game?” The message came from Chris, with whom I’ve shared many an adventure. He was hoping to visit Vancouver Island to ring in the New Year! My response came quickly. “You’ve got my attention, so what’s the plan?” “Well, I’m calling it a mountain, a tree, and a beach. I’d like to head up to the north end of the island and have a look at Koprino Mountain, Grant Bay, and San Jo Smiley.” In all honesty, I drew an absolute blank on those first two names, but I knew the third happened to be Canada’s largest Sitka spruce on record!

I was well convinced, and the next thing I knew, the two of us were heading north on the Island Highway, several hours before sunrise. I was more than reluctant to wake up, accompanied by that ever present wave of nausea that often goes hand in hand with a lack of sleep. Thankfully, Chris was doing the driving, and in no time the Simpsons imitations were flying back and forth between us!

“Hey, hey!”

Meanwhile, the late December sun struggled unsuccessfully to emerge, and light rain began. We were glad, at least, that the roads north of Campbell River weren’t inundated with snow. Topics of discussion included a South American trek Chris had planned for February, and several of my big tree expeditions of 2022. Considering the trials and tribulations of day to day life in a mining camp- he is a geologist by profession- Chris was just happy to be getting away for a few days!

Everyone takes a photo of this classic roadside display, but take it seriously, because up here you need to be self sufficient!

Hours later, we reached Nahwitti Lake, which we had decided would be our first stop. Recently, I’d read a post from the Ancient Forest Alliance about a beautiful spruce grove there, and since Chris had seen it before, he volunteered to show me around!

Nahwitti River Trail

The North Island, especially in winter, is notorious for its rainfall, so the damp conditions that greeted us seemed entirely appropriate. All that precipitation is a major reason Sitka spruce there can grow to immense size, after all! A jolt of cool morning air soon prompted us to throw on extra layers before taking to the forest. The walk was quietly inviting, and an ideal opportunity to stretch our legs. We would soon be climbing a mountain, after all!

This forest is predominantly western hemlock, Sitka spruce, with some western red cedar Chris scopes out the largest Sitka Spruce in the grove

Or would we? Had we known of the obstacles ahead, we might have been deciding to stop for a beer (or three) and a burger at The Scarlet Ibis Pub in Holberg instead!

Still regretting not stopping at The Scarlet Ibis on New Year’s Eve, but I’ll definitely be back!….Photo is from their website, there’s even cabins to stay in!

Koprino Peak, by all reports, was a modest 808 metre hill with little technical difficulty, but we knew next to nothing about the road conditions. Due to limited time and daylight, it would be necessary to drive relatively close to our objective to ensure success, but that was not to be. Thwarted by fallen trees, unfriendly trenches, and an assortment of other hazards, we simply could not find reasonable access. Admittedly, I suppose we didn’t miss much, because the views would have resembled the inside of a cloud! Still, optimism prevailed, since there was ample time to climb a mountain the following day.

You win this round, Koprino! Off to try another road…

  

Road about ready to slide, with desperate logging at its worst on display
Less than impressive views, at this point! This is within view of one of the massive trenches used to deactivate the next road we investigated

Frustrated by those efforts, we soon turned our thoughts to the beach. Grant Bay, a remote cove on the west coast of Vancouver Island’s Quatsino Sound, turned out to be a revelation! We arrived in early afternoon, intending to set up camp well before nightfall. Better yet, as we reached the trailhead, the skies miraculously began to clear! The well groomed path was a luxury, and a mere ten minute stroll from the beach!

Greetings
An easy trail to the beach and a few nice trees too!

Coastal forest shrubbery Rustic commode, complete with air conditioning! Well now, this is more like it!

Gazing upon the rolling surf and colourful horizon inspired limitless imagination. We could see the faint outline of Lawn Point, as the mist floated over the mountains. The ever mysterious Brooks Peninsula, which escaped glaciation during the most recent ice age, loomed in the distance. All of this improved our outlook on life, sleep deprived as we were!

Beach meets forest
Patterns in the sand
Surf!

So, what did we do then?

Years earlier, Chris had attempted unsuccessfully to visit this beach, via a route which had now reputedly fallen into disuse. He was quite curious to find out whether or not he could locate the terminus of that old trail. Meanwhile, I opted for a little bit of beachcombing and a whole lot of photography!

Chris had waited a long time to see this beach. The old access was much longer, via a rougher trail which was harder to locate, and so he’d come up short on a previous attempt A picture is worth a thousand words! Breaking surf! Chris exploring the beach. These  structures on the beach, I later learned, have to do with local First Nations harvesting from the seas and are used for drying.

Time passed slowly, and several other parties visited the beach briefly, but only a few decided to stay the evening. I lost myself in the remoteness of this place, which I never knew existed only a week before. The weather was cool and windy for the most part, with intermittent rain, but the sun repeatedly persevered!

Basalt
The beach 

West coast scenery!
Waves!
The ever changing light
Lawn Point and Brooks Peninsula can be seen from this location
An odd green colour appeared on the horizon just before the golden hour

Just as sunset began approaching, an ethereal light enveloped the bay, and the skies took on unimaginable colours. Then, one of the brightest, clearest rainbows I’d ever seen formed a perfect arch over the seaside forest. I could not have envisioned a better way to usher in the New Year! My only regret was that my entire family could not be there to share in it all!

Suddenly a bright light enveloped the beach!

 

It looked for a moment like it might rain, but instead, all stayed bright

 

Rainbow!

 

Sunset colours

Chris, for his part, did not find that old trail, but arrived back in camp to enjoy the end of the light show. We made dinner in the fading light and exchanged thoughts about the following day, as the air around us cooled noticeably. After returning to the truck for more clothing, we sauntered back to camp, then we cracked open some Mt Benson IPAs I’d brought along for refreshments (thanks to White Sails Brewing in Nanaimo).  It wasn’t long until we more or less gave in to exhaustion, and turned in well before midnight.

The blues of twilight Fading light on the surf Just before they turned out the lights!

The calm and starry night was alive with the roar of crashing surf and the sounds of trees swaying in the wind. Having seen their tracks on the beach,  I wondered whether we’d be fortunate enough to hear the calls of coastal wolves. They are, in my perception, an iconic symbol of wilderness, and I felt honoured to be sharing their home.

Coastal wolf ……Via Wikipedia (this image is the property of photographer Mathieu.S.Addison and cannot be used for profit without permission)

We awoke in the darkness on New Year’s Day, with no complaints about lack of sleep, since we’d turned in sometime around 730 pm the night before! A quick breakfast and some coffee, in my case at least, and we set off in search of San Jo Smiley!

Nautical detritus near the trailhead the previous day. Our time in Grant Bay, I am reminded once more, was all too short

This meant negotiating a network of logging roads near San Josef Bay  well before sunrise. Fortunately, Chris was able to make short work of that assignment, and it took about an hour to find the tree, which is located on Raft Main. 

Silhouette of  British Columbia’s champion Sitka spruce, San Jo Smiley, as we arrived in the twilight of New Year’s Day

A number of years ago, the reigning champion Sitka spruce in British Columbia, the San Juan Spruce, sustained irreparable damage. While it still clings tenaciously to life, it’s no longer the largest in the province. That distinction now falls to San Jo Smiley, most certainly one of the more regal specimens I’ve ever seen! It has a diameter at breast height (DBH) of 4.36 metres (14.30 feet), and measures 77.8 metres(255 feet) tall, with an averaged crown spread of 19.6 metres (64.29 feet). The trunk tapers slowly as it rises into the canopy above, which makes this giant all the more impressive! I have not seen an estimate of the tree’s age, to date.

Me and the spectacular San Jo Smiley! I stand about 6’1″, for scale….. Photo by Chris H

 

Gargantuan, really! In terms of volume, this tree stacks up well against any other Sitka spruce The trunk of San Jo Smiley tapers very slowly indeed! The bark of ancient spruce is always interesting to examine!

San Jo Smiley compares quite favourably with both the Quinault Spruce, and the Queets Spruce, both of which reside in the United States, on Washington’s west coast. According to tree expert Robert Van Pelt, the Queets tree is the largest Sitka spruce on the planet,  when measured by laser technology to establish total volume. On the other hand, it is sometimes argued that the Quinault Spruce has a larger recorded diameter at breast height, although substantial erosion around its base,  complicates that measurement. While I’m not certain that San Jo Smiley would outrank either of them,  it looks to me to be a strong contender for the top five Picea sitchensis, without question.

I happened to visit Washington’s Quinault Spruce this September, so here it is, for comparison’s sake. What an incredible specimen it is!

 

The Quinault Spruce is believed to be second largest in the world, in terms of volume, as recorded by renowned tree expert Robert Van Pelt Since I happen to be a representative of the BC Big Tree Registry , here’s an excerpt of British Columbia’s largest Sitka spruce trees, for perspective. HT=height, DBH=diameter at breast height, and Cr=averaged crown spread

 

It was still twilight when we arrived at the tree, and we took a fair amount of time to admire its presence. In the surrounding forest, a Western Forest Products tenure on the traditional lands of the Quatsino First Nation, there are also some other sizeable Sitka spruce. It is a place that most certainly warrants more exploration.

Chris with our Canadian champion Sitka spruce. I’m very thankful he came up with the idea to visit this beauty on New Year’s Day! A very healthy crown emerges from the darkness of New Year’s morning! A nearby Sitka spruce which was over three metres in diameter!

Our time with this legend was limited, as we still hoped to climb one of the mountains near Telegraph Cove on the way home. I had visited that area the previous October, to measure some Pacific yews for the B.C. Big Tree Registry, but that’s a tale for another time! Weather was now improving, and  we were graced by sunshine once more!

Déjà vu! Sadly, our fate in Telegraph Cove was similarly sealed, since the our quest was derailed by a combination of damaged roads, and locked gates. Nearly a year later, neither of us can even recall the name of the mountain we were after, but I suppose that doesn’t matter too much. Chris wanted to return home at a reasonable hour, and since a long drive awaited us, we waived the white flag of surrender, and returned to the highway.

An idea of what we might have seen from a Telegraph Cove mountain top, had we reached one.

Still, I felt little in the way of disappointment, since the northern reaches of Vancouver Island have a way of inspiring dreams.  Our goal had been a mountain, a beach, and a tree, and to paraphrase the late rock musician Meatloaf, “Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad”!

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ICYMI 11/19/23: Water Storage, Manteca’s Climate Threat, “Streamlining” Sites Reservoir

Restore The San Francisco Bay Area Delta - Sun, 11/19/2023 - 08:00

Where’s our water? A look at California’s storage problem– BakersfieldNow 11/15/23
In 2014, California voters passed a proposition using $7.5 billion dollars in state funds to expand water storage capacity. Nearly 10 years later, people say not much has come from the vote. The main focus on their minds is the failure to expand Shasta Dam.
…So what’s the problem with raising the dam? Jon Rosenfield, Science Director at San Francisco Baykeeper, says a whole lot.
“Raising that dam is going to have negative impacts,” Rosenfield said.
First, Rosenfield suggests that California has too many water deliveries to hold significant reserves that an expanded Shasta Dam would collect.
“When there is water to use, it will get used,” Rosenfield said. “There are more water rights, rights to divert water than there is water. You are not going to have it in reserve.”
Rosenfield said that expanding the dam could inundate a Wild and Scenic River (McCloud River) and flood holy sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

Flood Biggest Climate Change Threat to Manteca – Manteca Bulletin 11/15/23
The state-mandated climate change action plan Manteca is creating might seem a bit of an abstract when it comes to the effect of greenhouse gas.
What isn’t is the No. 1 climate threat facing Manteca — flooding.
And it’s flooding frequency that is expected to rise.
…Manteca — along with Lathrop, Stockton, and San Joaquin County — have been working to address the issue long before climate change entered the everyday vernacular.
The $270.7 million 200-year-flood protection upgrades that are now moving forward to protect Lathrop as well as parts of Manteca and Stockton are being financed primarily with fees and taxes in growth.

Environmentalists blast Newsom again, this time for ‘streamlining’ Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley – SN&R News 11/15/23 
Despite strong opposition from indigenous tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations, Governor Gavin Newsom took action in early November to fast-track the Sites Reservoir project, utilizing “new tools” from the controversial infrastructure streamlining package to “build more faster.”  
…The certification by the Governor follows an official protest against the water rights application and petitions of the Sites Project Authority for the proposed Sites Reservoir filed on August 31 by Friend of the River and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, along with a coalition of tribes and environmental organizations including Restore the Delta.
According to the protest, “Sites Reservoir’s negative environmental impact is the result of impaired timing, temperature and volume of flows in the Sacramento River and Delta, increased concentration of toxic metals, the formation of harmful algae blooms, and the immense greenhouse gas emissions Sites will create.”

Take Action! 
Bay-Delta Plan Hearings (Registration Deadline Extended!)
Restore the Delta and partners have been advocating through petitions filed with the State Water Resources Control Board, and with US EPA, for movement by the State Water Board to finish the Bay-Delta Plan. While we wait for implementation of Phase I (San Joaquin River flows) which was approved December 2018 and delayed due to the “voluntary agreements” process, the Delta has suffered for decades without updated water quality and flow standards that protect communities, culture, fisheries, recreation, and agriculture. 

Please join us in helping advocate for an improved Bay-Delta estuary! 

WHO: State Water Resources Control Board Public Hearings 

WHAT: Public Hearings (Panels and Individual Comments) for Phase II of the Bay-Delta Plan. Staff Report, which focuses on Sacramento River flows. Here is a link to the 5000-plus page report.  

WHEN: November 17th, 9:30 am; December 1st, 9:30 am; and December 11th, 12:00 pm. Time has been changed from 4:00 pm to 12:00 pm for the December 11th hearing.

WHERE: Cal EPA Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento or attend on Zoom. 

HOW: You can organize a panel to make comments or speak individually. Panels are 20 minutes in length; individual comments are 3 minutes (about 250 to 300 words when drafting). The State Water Board, however, is only allowing individuals to speak once, either on a panel or individually over the course of the 3 days. 

The State Water Board changed individual comment speaking times from 5 to 3 minutes in part with the December 11th hearing date being longer. 

IMPORTANT! 
Registration to comment has been extended, you may register up until the hearing day you wish to participate in. 

Note, the State Water Board said that panel presentations (not individual comments) should be identified by November 3 if possible, or soon thereafter, to ensure adequate time is allotted for those presentations over the 3 hearing days. 

Here is the link to register.   

WHY: The Staff Report for the Bay-Delta Plan contains the “voluntary agreements” – a private, incomplete, and discriminatory process – in which most Californians were left out of having a say in water allocations and river and Bay-Delta protections – not to mention the disparate impacts these agreements will cause for tribal and environmental justice communities. 

Additionally, the Staff Report doesn’t contain a proposed project, but rather, a recommended alternative with options, through which the Board can put together a Bay-Delta Plan that serves political interests, rather than science-based objectives to restore our fisheries and environmental health. 

WHAT WE ARE SEEING: 

1. As currently drafted, the Plan is incomplete and inadequate for fisheries and the overall health of the Bay-Delta estuary. 

2. A proposed alternative of 55% unimpaired flows for the Sacramento River with a range of 45-65%, will not save native fisheries, and fisheries will continue to slide into extinction. While there isn’t a stable proposed project because Board members are being offered alternatives with additional a la carte management options, 65% minimum unimpaired flows gets us closer to fish recovery, and 75% is the best based on established science. There is no plan of implementation for the proposed alternative which should have been finished over the last five years. 

3. There is no harmful algal bloom standard to protect people who come in contact with waterways. There isn’t a real strategy for how harmful algal blooms will be tracked, identified, and mitigated. 

4. The voluntary agreements, which are offered as an option, do not set water quality objectives — so the voluntary agreements cannot meet the objectives of the Bay-Delta Plan. 

5. The voluntary agreements, as included in this draft, do not include an implementation plan, meaning that the public will have to comment on implementation later. This keeps us in a perpetual cycle of reacting to a Bay-Delta that is never finished. 

6. Beneficial uses are identified in this plan, i.e., agriculture, fisheries, recreation, drinking water, but the Plan does not define Tribal Beneficial Uses, which is a continuation of discriminatory practices. 

7. The Staff Report only looked at groundwater and drinking water, not cultural or recreational uses. The Environmental Justice analysis for the Delta is inadequate seeing it doesn’t cover 72 small drinking water systems. 

8. The voluntary agreements do not address cold water pools upstream needed for fisheries and do not contain storage thresholds. 

9. The Staff Report does identify the beneficial uses of a healthy river and estuary, and healthy fisheries within the cost-benefit analysis. Cost benefits are mostly related to water exports.


Delta Co-Op – Space Available
Restore the Delta has workshare space available for environmental and social justice organizations and positive environmental/sustainable businesses! Located in Stockton, near the Port of Stockton and I-5, our facility includes a conference room with hybrid meeting capability, ample parking, multiple kitchens, bathrooms, and great partner organizations to collaborate with on a regular basis. We also offer a large community meeting room. 
 
The Delta Co-Op has 4 workstations available presently with access to all facilities and storage (designated closet/cabinet areas) for $300 per month. Our community meeting room is also available to rent for specific events and includes a kitchenette. The community meeting room can be rented for $300 for 8 hours or $150 for 4 hours. 
 
Contact Mariah Looney today to learn more about the Delta Co-Op and to schedule a tour. Mariah can be reached at Mariah@restorethedelta.org, or 209-479-2559. 


Restore the Delta has new merch!
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Rally for Ceasefire in Palestine: Saturday in Taos

La Jicarita - Fri, 11/17/2023 - 09:29
This Saturday, November 18th at 10 a.m. in front of the Taos Farmer’s Market in the County building parking lot, there will be a rally for an immediate ceasefire and end to the occupation of Palestine. There will be sign-making, information hand-outs, a petition, help with calling individuals and groups to ask they add their name to the Ceasefire Now resolutions, and more. This peaceful, prayerful rally does not intend to disrupt the Farmers Market. Brought to you by Taos county residents advocating for a free Palestine. For more information, please text or call 575.999.5487.
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The Hub 11/17/2023: Clean Air Council’s Weekly Round-up of Transportation News

Clean Air Ohio - Fri, 11/17/2023 - 08:12

“The Hub” is a weekly round-up of transportation related news in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Check back weekly to keep up-to-date on the issues Clean Air Council’s transportation staff finds important. 

Have a happy Thanksgiving. We will return with the Hub on December 1st.

Image: CBS news

CBS news: Search for driver who injured Sixers’ Kelly Oubre Jr. in Philadelphia hit-and-run continuesSixers guard Kelly Oubre Jr. was injured in a hit-and-run in Center City. Philadelphia has seen 640 hit-and-runs so far this year exceeding the number of hit-and-runs that occurred in 2019. The city needs to make traffic safety a priority and install more traffic calming measures to protect vulnerable road users, like pedestrians and cyclists.

Image: PhillyVoice

PhillyVoice: People are driving less but traffic deaths have spiked – and lawmakers are puzzledSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 people are driving fewer miles in comparison to 2019, but traffic deaths have increased as driver behavior has gotten worse. Many states have seen an increase in traffic fatalities, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania which have seen a 26% and 12% increase, respectively. Automated speed enforcement has been shown to be an effective strategy to reduce fatalities, including here in Philadelphia where it has been successful on Roosevelt Boulevard. Some lawmakers are showing resistance to this type of enforcement, but states need all the tools available to achieve their Vision Zero goals.

Image: WHYY

WHYY: SEPTA’s historic Route 15 trolleys ‘very close’ to returningSEPTA’s historic green and cream trolleys on Route 15 were supposed to return in September but got delayed, and should be returning by the first quarter of 2024. SEPTA is aiming to have reliable service that commuters can count on when these trolleys return. With SEPTA’s Trolley Modernization program, these historic trolleys will be replaced in the future as delivery for new vehicles is scheduled to start in 2027.

Other Stories

WHYY: $71 million Delaware Memorial Bridge resurfacing project finished, all lanes to reopen this month

The Inquirer: SEPTA will officially use AI to ticket cars parked illegally in bus lanes

BillyPenn: After three years of construction and detours, Betsy Ross Bridge I-95 ramp reopens

PhillyVoice: TWU Local 234 votes to approve new labor contract with SEPTA

The Inquirer: Want your employees to work in the office? Pay for their commutes

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Queensland’s new greenhouse gas guidelines put new fossil fuel projects to the test but let existing operators off the hook

Lock the Gate Alliance - Thu, 11/16/2023 - 22:01

Lock the Gate Alliance welcomes new draft guidelines (available herethat will clarify Queensland decision making powers to consider emissions generated overseas from coal and gas mined in the state as part of new fossil fuel projects.

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The League Honors President Jimmy Carter With The Mardy Murie Lifetime Achievement Award

Alaska Wilderness League - Thu, 11/16/2023 - 11:32

In early November, the League hosted a spectacular event at the Burke Museum Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle to honor President Jimmy Carter, announce this year’s recipient of our Adam Kolton Storytelling Grant AwardBjorn Olson — and celebrate our dedicated board who continues to support the League all year long in our tireless fight to protect America’s Arctic.

We’d like to offer you a taste of the impact of this event, featuring special video coverage, Josh Carter’s poignant speech (Jimmy Carter’s grandson who accepted the award on his behalf), an update from the grant awardee, and so much more.

A special thank you goes out to the supporters who kindly donated to our silent auction. Thanks Earthwell, Grayl, Patagonia, Rodney Strong Vineyards, New Belgium Brewing, Nate Luebbe, Eva’s Wild, Discovery Voyages, Jon Van Zyle, and to our board of directors! And thank you to our photographer, Breanna D. for capturing the evening.

Remarks from Josh Carter

My name is Josh Carter, and I am President Carter’s grandson. I am honored to receive this award on behalf of my grandfather. I went to see him a month ago on his 99th birthday, and I told him I was coming to accept this award on his behalf, and he sends his best wishes.

I am here to accept this award today due to my grandfather’s fearlessness in attacking controversial issues once he became President. When Jimmy Carter became President in 1977, many long-standing national issues remained unresolved. For example, the United States had not formed a treaty to deal with the ownership of the Panama Canal. The United States had not normalized our relationship with China. We had no energy policy, and we did not champion clean energy. We supported strongmen over democracy in Latin America. And there was no peace between Israel and Egypt. Jimmy Carter was successful in tackling each one of these issues.

But as this room knows probably better than any other, his most controversial domestic achievement was in Alaska. Alaska was admitted as America’s 49th state in January of 1959, just 18 years before my grandfather became President. When Alaska joined the Union, the immediate debate was what to do with Alaska’s vast federal lands. We had promised — and intended to keep the promise — of setting aside land for Indigenous people. Some of the land needed to be deeded to the new state government, and we needed to retain national forests, parks, and wilderness areas. President Eisenhower and his successors avoided the controversy, and Alaska’s commercial fisheries were generating an enormous economic industry. And as you know, by the time Jimmy Carter became President, oil was discovered.

So, to compound the initial set of problems, my grandfather and the United States now had to deal with the contention of the enormous wealth the Alaskan lands could generate. His option to start in congress was closed. Alaska’s two senators, Republican Ted Stevens and Democrat Mike Gravel were both aligned with commercial interests, and due to senate rules, no senator could start a debate about another senator’s state. So without Stevens’ or Gravel’s support, the senate was a non-starter.

Jimmy Carter had the support of environmental groups and Alaska Natives, but hunters, loggers, fishers, the Chambers of Commerce, and oil industries were against him. The odds were so stacked against him that he almost had to give up. But Cecil Andrus, my grandfather’s Secretary of Interior, crafted a way for my grandfather to use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect areas of “historic and scientific interest.”

So my grandfather and Andrus poured over maps of Indigenous lands, burial grounds, and wildlife areas and decided that about 56 million acres of Alaskan land could become a National Monument. It could not be touched without direct approval from the Department of Interior. It was a Minnesota-sized bargaining chip and extremely unpopular in Alaska. But it forced the issue. And my grandfather spent the rest of his presidency debating and advocating for a wild Alaska.


Finally, in December of 1980, after he lost re-election, congress passed, and he signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). This act clarified ownership of the remaining lands in Alaska, designated areas for offshore oil exploration, and created the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, an area bigger than California. This law doubled the size of America’s National Parks, tripled America’s protected Wilderness Areas, and protected 25 free-flowing streams. In the 43 years since its passage, ANILCA has become increasingly more popular, especially in Alaska. Throughout my life, I have heard my grandfather repeatedly champion this law as his most significant domestic achievement of his political life.


Of course, my grandfather didn’t have to choose to take on this fight. There were plenty of unresolved issues in America back then, as today. But as his grandson, I think it was inevitable. My grandfather gravitated toward Alaska. After all, he has been a lifelong outdoorsman.


A lot has been written about my grandfather’s pre-presidential life. Famously, he was a peanut farmer-turned-president. He spent his early childhood in the woods of Plains, Georgia; he returned to the same woods after he left the Navy in 1953 and again when he left the White House in 1981. I wasn’t there for any of that — I was born in 1984. But he still lives in the same house in that same small town in South Georgia, and we still own that land. I grew up going down to Plains and walking the same woods and farms our family has owned for more than 100 years now.


Most of my grandfather’s favorite hobbies are outdoors. During turkey season, he would get up an hour before daylight every week, drive to his land, and walk through his woods. It was the only activity he did without any security. My grandfather still has a Secret Service detail that is always with him, but he insisted when he was in his woods, he needed to be alone in nature.


The only outdoor sporting that my grandfather likes better than turkey hunting is fishing. It’s hard to overstate how much my grandfather likes fishing. He has a small pond in his front lawn that he keeps stocked. But if he really wants to go fishing, he goes to his mother’s old house, about five minutes away, to a place we in the family call The Pond House. It’s on Carter Fishpond Road. It was about twice as big as the front lawn pond, but he doubled it when I was in college. Because, you know, you need a bigger pond. And a few years after that, my grandfather decided that he should provide irrigation for one of our farms, so he spent four or five years designing and building his third pond, which is almost four times bigger than the Pond House pond. We call this pond the New Pond. After that, my grandmother told him that if he built another pond, she’d file for divorce.


But despite all these ponds mere minutes from his house, my grandfather’s favorite fishing was fly fishing on trout streams. He learned to fly fish post-presidency, and he has over 50 fly rods and probably as many reels. And he tied his own flies. When you walk into his office in his home in Plains, you see his memorabilia from his time in the Navy as governor of Georgia and president of the United States. But the main feature in his office is his fly-tying desk. When I was about 10, he taught me how to tie an ant and an Adams fly, and made me master them before he took me to Pennsylvania to fish for rainbows.


He took me fly fishing in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Wyoming, and Montana. He took my dad fishing all over the world, including Alaska. I tried to count how often he went fishing in Alaska, but I couldn’t. I know one of his first fishing trips was in Elmendorf while he was President. And he returned to Alaskan trout streams every few years until 2016 when he went to Bristol Bay. My grandparents celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on Copper River, and when he came home, all my grandfather wanted to talk about was catching his 8-pound, 26″ rainbow trout.


But his greatest fishing trip was back in 1985. It was his first trip back to Alaska as a former president. Unlike his previous trips while he was president, he was greeted with smiles and handshakes instead of hanging effigies. He no longer needed to double his security detail in the state. Alaskans were now proud of their National Wildlife Refuge. And on this trip, he was again on Copper River. In his book An Outdoor Journal, my grandfather talks about a catch of a lifetime. He fought for about an hour and landed a 12-pound, 32-inch rainbow trout. It was the largest trout he had ever seen. He measured it, got a lot of pictures of it, and put it back in the water. He sent the pictures and measurements to a Japanese taxidermist who mounted him a replica. He mounted that fish at the entrance of his office, then hand-wrote a note and stuck it on the wall that read, “This Rainbow Still Lives! Caught and released in the Copper River in Alaska in June 1985.”

Alaska is a magical place. I did not have a chance to travel to Alaska with my presidential grandfather, but the last trip I ever took with my maternal grandmother was to Alaska in 1998. I was 14. We spent a week in Anchorage and went on a glacier cruise. Then, we went to Fairbanks to go on a wildlife safari and test out our camping gear. After that, my uncle and I flew north to a town called Umiat. There are no permanent residents in Umiat. At any given time, there are probably no more than 20 or 30 people in this little town. This town is really just an airstrip with pilots ready to take 14-year-old explorers, their uncle, their inflatable rafts, and their tents north even still to the Killik River — a latitude between the 69th and 70th parallel, for an adventure of a lifetime.


We went for the wildlife, but we didn’t see anything. We rafted down the river, sang songs to keep us alert, and kept our binoculars trained on the unbelievable landscape. The views were incredible. The tundra, the permafrost, was nothing I had ever experienced. We would raft a day and camp, then raft another day and camp. Time didn’t matter at all. We were well north of the Arctic Circle, so the sun never went down. It was never dark.


On the last day of the trip, we hit some rapids that would have been a lot of fun. But we didn’t expect rapids. We stopped, got out our maps, and realized we had missed our turn-off for our rendevous about 5 miles upstream. We had no choice but to hike 13 hours alone over the hills and across the permafrost to the pond that served as our runway for our pilot. We started to march. I was mad. I was upset. I was worried. I had never been more exhausted. I found reserves that I didn’t know that I had. But about 10 hours into my hike. Around 2 or 3 in the morning, I came up a crest and looked across the tundra to my right and saw thousands and thousands and thousands of caribou starting their migration away from the north shores south before the freeze. I forgot about my exhaustion, stopped, and experienced nature in a way I never had before, and I haven’t since. I understood my grandfather’s awe of nature.

That’s the kind of feeling that stays with you. That’s the kind of memory that stays fresh for 25 years. That’s the kind of experience that proves that Alaska needs to remain protected.

On behalf of my grandfather, I thank you for this award. But also on behalf of my grandfather, I thank you for the incredible work that you do in keeping Alaska wild.

Adam Kolton Storytelling Grant Awardee: Bjorn Olsen

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BLM Reconsiders Highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area – 11.16.23

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance - Thu, 11/16/2023 - 10:22

November 16, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLM Reconsiders Highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area  Mojave desert tortoise gets a reprieve

Contacts: 
Grant Stevens, Communications Director, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), (319) 427-0260, grant@suwa.org
Holly Snow Canada, Executive Director, Conserve Southwest Utah, (435) 200-5838, holly@conserveswu.org 
Todd Tucci, Senior Attorney, Advocates for the West, (208) 724-2142, ttucci@advocateswest.org

*11.16.23 Afternoon Update – The U.S. District Court has issued an opinion and granted in part the Federal Defendants’ Motion for Voluntary Remand, remanding the 2021 approval of the Northern Corridor Highway right-of-way. Additional information can be found below.

St. George, UT – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that they are reconsidering their 2021 decision to approve the right-of-way for a four-lane Northern Corridor Highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) in southwestern Utah near Zion National Park. Red Cliffs NCA is home to imperiled species like the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, which is on an extinction trajectory.

Since 2006, local residents and concerned citizens across the country have vocalized their opposition to the highway that would bulldoze through critical habitat for the Mojave desert tortoise and transform the southern portion of the National Conservation Area renowned for its scenic views, recreation, and tranquility. In January 2021, in the final days of the Trump Administration, the federal government approved the highway right-of-way despite viable transportation alternatives that meet community needs without impacting protected public lands. 

In June 2021, Utah-based and national conservation organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agencies’ 2021 decision to approve the highway right-of-way. The lawsuit cited violations of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. The organizations and the federal agencies signed a settlement agreement last month.

“Today’s announcement highlights the seriousness of the deficiencies and errors in the original analysis and gives us hope that further study will lead the agencies to conclude that highways don’t belong in national conservation areas and critical habitat for vulnerable wildlife,” said Isabel Adler, Red Cliffs Campaign Director at Conserve Southwest Utah, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

“As predicted, the Trump Administration’s environmental review and approval of the Northern Corridor Highway collapsed under scrutiny,” said Todd Tucci, plaintiffs’ attorney with Advocates for the West. “Ultimately, the Department of the Interior was forced to abandon President Trump and Secretary’s Bernhardt’s conclusion that a four-lane high speed highway through a National Conservation Area and Mojave desert tortoise habitat would conserve, protect, and enhance desert tortoise and the conservation resources in the area. It wasn’t a huge lift, frankly, and it was made even easier because the Department of the Interior had previously determined on six different occasions that this highway would be ‘biologically devastating’ to the tortoise.” 

As part of the litigation, the BLM and FWS acknowledged substantial and legitimate concerns with the original 2020 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A Supplemental EIS is being prepared to supplement this 2020 analysis, further examine the effects of granting a right-of-way, and reconsider the highway right-of-way application. 

“We are thrilled that the federal government is re-examining this erroneous decision,” said Holly Snow Canada, Executive Director for Conserve Southwest Utah. “Rest assured that Conserve Southwest Utah and its partners will continue to fight for Red Cliffs NCA, because when we protect landscapes and species habitats, we’re also protecting scenic vistas, recreation opportunities, peace and quiet, and physical and mental health for ourselves and for future generations, too.” 

This week’s announcement from the BLM and FWS also kicks off a scoping period for the Supplemental EIS to solicit public comments and identify issues. The public is invited to a meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 2023, at the Dixie Center, 1835 S Convention Center Dr., St. George, UT 84790, to ask questions or provide feedback regarding development of the draft Supplemental EIS.

“We are very grateful to the tens of thousands of people in Utah and across the USA who stood up for Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and opposed this unlawful, unnecessary, and unwise highway in 2020,” said Snow Canada. “Your voice is needed once again to protect this precious place.”

Located at the convergence of the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau and Great Basin ecoregions, the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area was established in 2009 to protect its remarkable wildlife scenery, recreation, ecology, geology and cultural value. The region is home to important populations of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other at-risk plants and animals including the Gila monster, burrowing owl and kit fox. The Mojave desert tortoise is on a path to extinction according to leading researchers and its habitat in Southwest Utah is especially vulnerable given recent and anticipated growth in the region. 

See below for additional statements from plaintiffs in the lawsuit: 

Kya Marienfeld, Wildlands Attorney at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance 

“Authorizing a major freeway through a Congressionally-designated conservation area should never have happened in the first place. Although it took some time, we’re pleased the agencies recognize this gem of public lands and are reconsidering this terrible precedent-setting highway for the benefit of all conservation-focused lands.” 

Danielle Murray, Vice President of Conservation Policy at Conservation Lands Foundation 

“By starting this process the BLM has an opportunity. to rightfully uphold the congressionally-mandated protections for Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, which does not include construction of a four-lane highway. Paving over this desert paradise would put each and every National Conservation Land throughout the country at risk of unlawful development and other damaging activities.” 

Ileene Anderson, Senior Scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity  

“We’ll be weighing in again with the BLM as it reconsiders the ill-conceived highway through the stunning landscape of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. This conservation area is home to the amazing desert tortoise, distinctive local plants and other wildlife. It’s also a natural refuge for people in this growing urban area. We’re committed to keeping it whole and wild.”

 Vera Smith, Senior Federal Lands Policy Analyst at Defenders of Wildlife 

“A highway has no place in a National Conservation Area and especially one that is crucial to the survival of the desert tortoise. We are relieved that the agencies are reconsidering this highway and we remain committed to fighting for the desert tortoise and the public lands that are their home.”    

Jose Witt, Mojave Desert Landscape Director at The Wilderness Society 

“The decision to approve a right-of-way for a major highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area was rushed, ill-informed, and patently illegal. It also was unwise, as building the highway would destroy the natural, cultural, and recreational values that make the Red Cliffs an irreplaceable natural asset for the St. George community, for the nation and for future generations. The government’s decision to reconsider the highway recognizes the serious legal deficiencies in the earlier approval and gives the public a new opportunity to ensure the public lands in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area will be protected into the future.”

 Chris Krupp, Public Lands Attorney at WildEarth Guardians 

“Desert tortoise populations have declined significantly since the species was listed as threatened in 1990. It would be a calamity to permit a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs, a stronghold for the species. Local officials need to come up with better solutions to address St. George’s growth than a new highway that would just create additional sprawl, kill desert tortoise, and mar a beloved landscape.” 

Background on Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA): 

 The 44,724-acre Red Cliffs NCA is part of the larger Red Cliffs Desert Reserve that is collaboratively managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Utah, Washington County, and other municipalities. The Reserve was established under the 1995 Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) as part of a “grand compromise” to protect ~61,000 acres of public lands for the Mojave desert tortoise (listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act), while opening 300,000 acres of state and private lands for development. The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area was established in 2009 by Congress to “conserve, protect, and enhance…ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources” of the public lands within the unit. 

These spectacular public lands are 45 miles from Zion National Park, and include 130 miles of trails, two wilderness areas, heritage public use sites, Native American cultural artifacts, several threatened/endangered species, and Utah’s most popular state park, Snow Canyon State Park. People from all over the state, country and world visit to hike, mountain bike, rock climb, horseback ride, photograph, and marvel at the expansive red rock landscape.  

References: 

  1. BLM’s National NEPA Register website for the Supplemental EIS
  2. BLM and FWS Press Release, November 15th, 2023
  3. Relevant Court documents
  4. The Protect Red Cliffs Petition, with 35,828 signatures from people around the world advocating for the protection of the Red Cliffs NCA from the Northern Corridor Highway
  5. The Protect Red Cliffs Zine—Art and Narratives of a Threatened Place
  6. Red Cliffs Photo Gallery
  7. Red Cliffs Video Galley
  8. Background

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ICYMI 11/15/23: LA Times – Environmentalists unhappy with Governor Newsom’s water policy

Restore The San Francisco Bay Area Delta - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 12:09

New poll finds that California voters disapprove of Newsom’s performance as governor– LA Times 11/7/23
A new Los Angeles Times/UC Berkeley poll found Newsom’s approval rating sinking to the lowest point of his nearly five years in office, with 44% of respondents having a favorable view of his job performance and 49% disapproving. There may be several explanations; like barnacles on a ship, negatives tend to accumulate the longer a politician stays in office.
Some on the left are disappointed with Newsom’s approach to the state’s homelessness and mental health crises. Some environmentalists are unhappy with the governor’s water policy.

Restore the Delta provides context:
Governor Newsom’s water policy inadequately included tribes and environmental justice communities. The overdue Bay-Delta Plan is still in the process of review from organizations and communities as the first public hearing on the Draft Staff Report for Phase II of the Bay-Delta Plan starts this Friday.

The Newsom administration is pushing for the “voluntary agreements” as an alternative to the Bay-Delta Plan. It is a private, incomplete, and discriminatory process – in which most Californians were left out of having a say in water allocations. A way to address this prolonged and exclusive process is to initiate water rights reform as well as reestablishing tribal water rights to better protect tribal and environmental justice communities. 

Another concerning issue that Governor Newsom has sought is utilizing SB 149 to streamline the Sites Reservoir Project which would divert water from the Sacramento River. 

Considering that “streamlining” action taken by Newsom, what does that mean for the Delta Tunnel? This raises concerns that Newsom could use the same legislation to enact and streamline the Delta Tunnel process, continuing the degradation of the Delta.

State agencies need to stray away from environmentally devastating projects that will impact tribal and environmental justice communities. Rather, there should be a focus on sustainable urban water projects that will help not hinder these communities such as floodplain and groundwater restoration. Additionally, this could also be utilized to bring supply and demand in balance for agriculture.

The Governor’s current policy decisions are not cutting it, but floodplain and groundwater restoration, sustainable urban water projects, bringing supply and demand in balance for agriculture, reestablishing tribal water rights, and water rights reform to protect tribes and environmental justice communities could put us on the right track. 
 

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November 2023 Redrock Report

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance - Wed, 11/15/2023 - 11:20

New Lawsuit Targets 145 Trump-Era Oil and Gas Leases on Utah’s Public Lands

On November 3rd, SUWA filed a federal lawsuit challenging four decisions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2018-19 to issue 145 oil and gas leases encompassing 215,325 acres of public land in Utah. The leases are located in eastern Utah, primarily in the Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin.

The lawsuit aims to protect some of Utah’s wildest public lands, including important habitat for the imperiled greater sage-grouse as well as Graham’s and White River beardtongue (flowering plants). Many of the leases are located near the White River—a scenic tributary to the Green River which the BLM calls a “floater’s and paddler’s paradise.”

“Development of these leases was not and is not in the public interest,” said Hanna Larsen, staff attorney with SUWA. “The climate crisis has arrived. The extinction crisis is ongoing and worsening. Both are driven in large part by the BLM’s broken and outdated oil and gas program.”

>> Read our full release
>> See recent coverage in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News

Photo © Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Comments Due this Thursday on Manti-La Sal Revised Forest Plan

The Manti-La Sal National Forest, which includes distinct units in the La Sal Mountains outside of Moab as well as the Abajo Mountains and a portion of the restored Bears Ears National Monument, is getting an updated management plan for the first time since 1986!

The forest spans a diverse and spectacular region that includes aspen groves, mountain lakes, stands of giant ponderosa pine, and rocky crags perched high above Utah’s canyon country. Most importantly, it’s a critical watershed of the Colorado Plateau.
 
The Forest Service has released a draft management plan for the Manti-La Sal and is accepting public comments through this Thursday, November 16th. Your input is vital to making sure this new plan implements smart, conservation-based management of these ecologically and culturally significant landscapes.

>> Click here to submit your comments on the forest plan by November 16th.

Photo © Tim Peterson

State of Utah and ORV Groups Appeal Labyrinth Canyon Travel Management Plan

In a disappointing but unsurprising development, the State of Utah and motorized recreation groups have appealed the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final motorized vehicle travel management plan for the Labyrinth Canyon and Gemini Bridges area near Moab.

The plan, which conservationists hailed as a major step forward when it was released in September, will help protect cultural sites, riparian habitat, and the experience of non-motorized recreationists while allowing for motorized use on more than 800 miles of dirt trails and routes in the planning area.

“The BLM’s plan takes a thoughtful approach to managing recreation in this popular area, one that will protect the stunning Labyrinth Canyon river corridor and critically important riparian ecosystem while leaving thousands of miles of dirt roads and trails open to motorized use in the greater Moab area,” said SUWA Staff Attorney Laura Peterson. “SUWA is confident the plan will withstand scrutiny and intends to intervene to defend BLM’s decision.”
 
>> Read a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed on the plan by John Weisheit, conservation director of Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper

Photo © Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Litigation Continues Over Biden’s Restoration of Grand Staircase, Bears Ears

Last year, several plaintiffs led by the State of Utah and the Blue Ribbon Coalition (an off-road vehicle advocacy group) challenged President Biden’s restoration of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments. SUWA and a coalition of conservation partners successfully intervened in these cases to defend the monuments. Four Tribal Nations have also intervened to defend Bears Ears.

Fortunately, the lawsuits had barely left the starting gate when a federal district court judge in Utah dismissed them outright. Undeterred, the state and other plaintiffs quickly appealed that decision to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ongoing litigation over Utah monuments sets a dangerous path that has not gone unnoticed by other anti-public-land politicians. Republicans in the Arizona legislature have already sided with Utah in this legal fight as they prepare to file their own lawsuit against President Biden’s August 2023 designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument. And several states, led by Idaho, have similarly weighed in at the Tenth Circuit against restoration of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears.

The good news is that Utah’s monuments remain in place, their unique and irreplaceable resources safe from threats like hard rock mining and irresponsible motorized vehicle use. The Bureau of Land Management is working on new management plans right now that will guide how these world-class landscapes will be protected for decades to come. We expect those plans will be finalized in 2024. Keep an eye out for information from SUWA about opportunities to weigh in on the draft Bears Ears plan.

Photo © Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Congressional Support for Red Rock Bill Continues to Grow

With help from SUWA’s DC-based staff, activists from around the country have been meeting with congressional offices to build support for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act (H.R.3031 / S.1310), a bill that would designate more than eight million acres of wild public land in Utah as permanently protected wilderness.
 
We’re pleased to report that their efforts are paying off! Since our last update, nearly two dozen House members have officially endorsed the bill, bringing us to 80 cosponsors in that chamber. The total number of cosponsors in the Senate stands at 22. Click here to see the complete list.
 
Your advocacy drives congressional support for this visionary legislation! Please contact your representatives today and urge them to become cosponsors (or thank them if they already have).
 
>> Click here to take action or text ARRWA to 52886.

Photo © Ray Bloxham/SUWA

Embrace the Spirit of Giving this Holiday Season

As the season of giving draws near, we are inspired by the abundance of generosity and kindness in our community. This holiday season offers a perfect opportunity to celebrate and share this spirit. We invite you to explore several meaningful ways to give and make a difference.

Giving Tuesday (November 28th): Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as “a day that encourages people to do good” through community engagement and generosity. Individual contributions play a vital role in enabling nonprofits to effectively meet their missions, so mark your calendar and support your favorite causes on this special day!

Gift Memberships: ‘Tis the season for SUWA gift memberships! Purchase a $25 gift membership during the month of November or December and your gift recipient will receive a welcome packet that includes a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, the instantly recognizable “Protect Wild Utah” sticker, and a special letter naming you as the membership donor. Click here to purchase.

SUWA Swag: This season, give the gift of unique apparel and accessories that are not only stylish but also express your love for wilderness. Ensure your gifts arrive on time by ordering before December 1st for Hanukkah and by December 8th for Christmas. Each purchase you make will support our mission to protect the redrock. Visit our online store.

Together, let’s harness the joy of giving, turning our collective passion into a season of meaningful action!

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Mom’s Across America: US Fast Food Testing Reveals Glyphosate and Other Toxic Chemicals in All Samples

Wine And Water Watch - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 15:03
Sonoma County has over 20 tons of concentrated glyphosate sprayed every year in the vineyards.  Source: CDPR.ca.gov  Moms Across America (MAA), a U.S. non-profit, has published an extensive testing program on fast food brands and found out all 20 had pesticide residues. 42 samples of 21 brands were tested for glyphosate, 236 agrochemicals, 4 heavy …

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Sustainable Pulse: Bayer-Monsanto Hit With $175M Verdict Against Roundup

Wine And Water Watch - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 14:54
SUSTAINABLE pulse reports: A Philadelphia jury on Friday hit Bayer/Monsanto with a $175 million verdict in favor of a cancer patient who claimed the company failed to warn about known carcinogens in its best-selling herbicide, Roundup. Source: Environmental Health News The verdict is part of a string of nine- and 10-figure judgments against the Bayer …

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Forest Unlimited: Tuesday November 28th for Tree Ordinance and Oak Woodlands Protection

Wine And Water Watch - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 14:48
Forest Unlimited Supporters, There are two significant tree protection ordinances coming up before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 28 for approval. One is an ordinance protecting individual trees and one is on protecting oak woodlands. The Planning Commission had hearings on them and gave their approval. We do not want to take anything for granted so please write …

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Follow the Money: The 22 Democrats Who Voted to Censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib

La Jicarita - Tue, 11/14/2023 - 13:25

This is the list of the 22 House of Representative Democrats who voted to censure Representative Rashid Tlaib, the only Palestinian in Congress, for speaking out against the Israeli assault on Gaza. The phone numbers are their offices in Washington D.C.

This is a list of the amount of money each of the 22 received from the Jewish lobby AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee). AIPAC has influence over far too many Democrats in Congress who accept their campaign contributions in exchange for disgraceful votes like this. Justice for Democrats urges everyone who believes this is a betrayal of not only the Democratic Party but common humanity call all 22 representatives to voice their opposition.

This is the list of the 18 U.S. House of Representative Democrats who signed Ceasefire Resolution 786, introduced by Representative Cori Bush, most of whom are women and people of color (notice the lack of anyone from the New Mexico delegation):

Cori Bush (MO)
Rashida Tlaib (MI)
André Carson (IN)
Summer Lee (PA)
Delia Ramirez (IL)
Jamaal Bowman (NY)
Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ)
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL)
Jonathan Jackson (IL)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY)
Ilhan Omar (MN)
Ayanna Pressley (MA)
Nydia Velázquez NY)
Maxwell Frost (FL)
Greg Caesar (TX)
Barbara Lee (CA)
Pramila Jayapal (WA)
Alma Adams (NC)

These are the few who are willing to jeopardize their jobs—AIPAC and the ADL (Anti Defamation League) are already raising money to challenge them in 2024—but who represent many. Over 100 congressional  staff members who work for the remaining House members held a vigil outside the Capitol to express their demand for a cease fire: “Our constituents are pleading for a cease-fire, and we are the staffers answering their calls. Most of our bosses on Capitol Hill are not listening to the people they represent. We demand our leaders speak up: Call for a cease-fire, a release of all hostages and an immediate de-escalation now.” Dozens of State Department officials have sent memos to Secretary of State Antony Blinken objecting to the Biden administration’s support of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. Hundreds of thousands have marched around the world protesting the massacre in Gaza and demanding a Ceasefire.

The death toll in Gaza is now over 11,000 people. How many more deaths will it take before saving lives takes precedence over money.

 

 

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Murray Darling 2.0? Reckless NT water plan proves need for Federal water trigger extension

Lock the Gate Alliance - Mon, 11/13/2023 - 17:13

The approval of a plan that grants oil and gas companies access to ten billion litres of groundwater each year and could cause one of the Top End’s most important rivers to stop flowing or reverse its course demonstrates the urgent need for the Albanese Government to make good on its election promise and extend the water trigger to shale gas fracking. 

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