Stories about Land

April 21, 2019

Gold Mine Near Yellowstone Blocked By Montana Court

Last week a state court judge in Montana invalidated a permit that would have allowed Lucky Minerals, a Canadian mining company, to develop a gold mine on private land north of Yellowstone National Park.  The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Earthjustice sued the...

April 20, 2019

Earth Day Starts in Your Own Back Yard

By Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust Earth Day is usually associated with big demonstrations, laudable corporate commitments and remarks by national figures encouraging us to keep persevering in the fight for our planet. Those are...

April 16, 2019

US Dust storms getting worse, posing serious human health consequences

Soil erosion in the West is getting worse. And that’s creating more dust – which isn’t good for ecosystems, human health or the economy. A study from the U.S. Geological Survey says more than 200 thousand square miles of land in the U.S. is more susceptible than ever...

April 15, 2019

Weeds one step ahead of Roundup

As NPR reported, “about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they’d finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had given them a new weapon: genetically engineered crops that could tolerate doses of the herbicide glyphosate, also known by its...

March 25, 2019

CA National Guard pulled from border to help prepare for fire season

Last Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a “statewide emergency on wildfires” as a means to expedite prevention projects before the next fire season in the state. As Capital Public Radio explained, “the governor’s office says the...

March 19, 2019

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on...

March 15, 2019

One St. Patty’s Thing: the longest 4-leaf clover hunt ever?

Muriel Alderman, an 85-year-old resident of Riner, VA has been collecting 4-leaf clovers on her farm since 1965 and has amassed a serious collection in that time. Looking for the clovers is her hobby and she keeps a record of her collection. As SW Virginia News...

March 13, 2019

Tornados are survivable yet Americans are still dying

Tornado warning technology has improved significantly in the past decades yet in states like Alabama, tornadoes still routinely claim human lives when they don’t have to. Just last week more than three dozen tornadoes wrought havoc in the Deep South, killing 23...

March 11, 2019

America’s leaky septic systems a big problem

As many as 1 in 5 Americans rely on a septic system to treat their wastewater, yet as our population grows, these systems are having unintended consequences that are endangering human and environmental health. In many places like Alabama Black Belt’s Lowndes County,...