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Tribes Fighting Trump Administration Policies That Harm Native Sites

Tribes Fighting Trump Administration Policies That Harm Native Sites

Native American tribes are using litigation, lobbying and protests to push back against Trump administration policies that would damage their lands and their way of life.

Why This Matters:  Native American tribes are uniquely positioned to challenge some of the Trump administration’s most aggressive moves to develop (timber harvest, mining, oil and gas drilling) on federal lands.  Often these cases are thrown out because the plaintiffs are found not to have a sufficient “interest” in or connection to the government’s action — but when it comes to the destruction of sacred sites, that argument really does not work.  And once these lands and sacred sites are spoiled by development, they cannot be restored.  

 

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Animals Seek Refuge to Survive Climate Change, Scientists Working Hard to Learn More

Animals Seek Refuge to Survive Climate Change, Scientists Working Hard to Learn More

Past scientific studies have found that ecosystems with high biodiversity are better able to face the threat of climate change than those with fewer species. However, after the UN’s landmark report from earlier this year showing that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, it’s become more urgent to understand how plant and animal […]

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Conservation on a Local Level

Conservation on a Local Level

    by Raleigh Kitchen, Membership and Outreach Manager, St. Simons Land Trust   The issue of conservation is a topical one. You hear about it on the news, read it in the paper, and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of lands, waters, and wildlife in need of it. Conservation feels like a big […]

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Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Farmers: Help Us, Don’t Blame Us When it Comes to Sustainable Farming

Land use and agriculture have recently gained attention as a means to store more carbon in the ground and help fight climate change. However, in the United States, while federal programs do exist to help farmers better manage their soil (most notably the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)) there are too many farmers […]

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Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

The Paris Climate Agreement mentions climate mitigation (reducing our emissions) and adaptation (learning to live with the damage done) but nowhere does the agreement broach the subject of climate restoration: as Quartz explained, the idea of rehabilitating the atmosphere to its pre-industrial state. However last week at the UN, an event convened by the Foundation […]

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The Use of Cyanide Bombs in Predator Culling Left Uncertain by EPA

Sodium cyanide “bombs” or M-44s are devices used to kill predators by the USDA’s Wildlife Services in Western states where ranchers complain that these animals kill their herds. This outdated method of killing “nuisance” animals is not only inhumane but also not effective in protecting livestock. Additionally, these devices also kill pets and nearly killed […]

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Trump “Jokes” About Border Wall Pardons

Trump “Jokes” About Border Wall Pardons

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that the President told subordinates they should “take the land” and could break the law in order to get the border wall completed because he would “pardon” them – a statement the White House later claimed was just a joke. 

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LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

We’ve written before about the City of Los Angeles’ efforts to help protect endangered mountain lion populations in the city. There had been several ideas about how a wildlife corridor might be built in a city as bustling and populated as LA, but now officials are one step closer to building the world’s largest wildlife […]

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Exclusive Interview with Chris Kilham, the “Medicine Hunter” on Amazon Devastation

Exclusive Interview with Chris Kilham, the “Medicine Hunter” on Amazon Devastation

Chris Kilham, is an ethnobotanist and a former Explorer-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has visited the Amazon 35 times, working in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and French Guiana to support the forests, rivers, people, wildlife, foods, and medicines that are part of the Amazon’s rich ecosystem.  We asked him about the impact of […]

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Cowboy Conservationist

Theodore Roosevelt and the Cowboy Conservationist

By Ty Loft It’s hard to imagine Theodore Roosevelt sipping kombucha. The beloved former President spurned his New York urbane upbringing, pausing his career at 25 to find adventure in the Wild West by ranching cattle and hunting bison in North Dakota. By 40, he returned to the East to become Governor of New York. […]

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The U.S. Is Losing Its Wild Places Fast

The U.S. Is Losing Its Wild Places Fast

A recent report published by the Center for American Progress and the Conservation Science Project reveals the massive degree to which the United States has slowly but surely losing its natural landscapes — forests, grasslands, deserts — to roads, houses, pipelines, and other development. 

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Water Found in Hawaiian Volcano – Is It Going To Blow?

The lava-spewing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano may be set for a reprise — scientists warn that the area could experience another dangerous eruption because a pond of water was discovered inside its summit crater, according to the National Park Service. 

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