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Tag Archives: Conservation

Proposed Pebble Mine looks kaput, this time for good, as EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay

Excerpt: The EPA’s action represents a win for the tenacity of Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, who began fighting the Pebble Mine project in 2011 and pushed the federal agency into a three-year study of the project’s impacts.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Documentary Review: In new Netflix series, Barack Obama exhorts viewers to “vote like the planet depends on it” — because it does

Excerpt: The five-part series features parks in Kenya and Indonesia, as if to mock years of attacks on Obama’s origins and childhood from wacko birds of the right.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A win for the Emerald City’s trees: Seattle will soon require registration for tree removal

Excerpt: The implementation of Council Bill 120207 will make the tree care industry in Seattle more accountable and its collective conduct more transparent to residents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. gray wolves once again protected as an endangered species thanks to court ruling

Excerpt: U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Lee ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the wolf based on analysis of just two core wolf populations and failed to provide a reasonable interpretation of the “significant portion of its range” standard.”
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“A long time coming”: B.C. ends threat of mining in upper reaches of the “Magic Skagit”

Excerpt: In January of 2021, the Province of British Columbia announced a buyout of mining rights owned by Imperial Metals, the folks responsible for the Mount Polley disaster of 2014, which saw a retention dam burst and send tailings into Quesnel Lake. It's a huge win for conservation.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Second set of Seattle tree protection poll findings affirms voters value urban forests

Excerpt: Respondents to NPI's October 2021 general election survey of the Seattle electorate are in strong agreement that the city should update its tree ordinance to strengthen tree protection policies, with more than seven in ten voters backing a majority of ideas tested.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee unveils new salmon protection and recovery plan for 2022 session

Excerpt: “We are on a mission. Protecting and restoring our salmon is personal to me — it’s a legacy left to us by previous generations and we should do the same for our grandchildren,” Inslee said from underneath a large Swinomish Cedar Hat.
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New rules to bar oil/gas drilling in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Excerpt: Situated in the remote Four Corners area in New Mexico and reached by a rough road, Chaco Culture contains remains of stone buildings and Great Houses that were once among the largest structures in North America.
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Biden-Harris administration restores Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments in Utah, which were gutted by Donald Trump

Excerpt: The monuments in Utah are a longstanding cause of environmentalists and rock climbers. They are also lands particularly cherished by Native Americans for their petroglyphs, pictographs, cultural sites, dwellings and sites used for traditional tribal rituals.
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Seattle voters overwhelmingly favor policies to protect and expand the city’s tree canopy

Excerpt: In July of 2021, we teamed up with TreePAC to investigate support for a a range of sensible ideas for creating policy tools to protect trees. Majorities of over 75% and 80% endorsed every single one of our ideas.
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Pacific Northwesterner chosen to lead the National Park Service by President Joe Biden

Excerpt: Charles "Chuck" Sams, of Oregon, will be first Native American to head the National Park Service if the United States Senate concurs. He has lived the history of one park unit.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Tom Campion is a donor with a cause who once hosted President Obama at his home. This week, he got to introduce Joe Biden.

Excerpt: On Monday, the Democratic Party hosted an electronic fundraiser. Zumiez CEO Tom Campion, who has helped the party raise money for years, and whose philanthropy has helped defend the Arctic Refuge against drilling, had the honor of introducing President Joe Biden.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Deb Haaland recommends that Joe Biden restore national monuments gutted by Trump

Excerpt: The Interior Secretary is making a cultural and conservation case to President Biden: Restore national monuments in Utah and New England that were brutally and unilaterally cut by the Trump regime.
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Biden reverses Trump again: Old growth trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest slated to be reprotected under Roadless Rule

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will “repeal or replace” a decision that removed the Tongass from a Clinton-era Roadless Rule that had protected more than nine million acres of the 16.9 million-acre national forest.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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