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Tag Archives: Conservation

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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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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.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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Biden administration halts scheme to drill in Arctic Refuge while backing ConocoPhillips’ planned expansion on Alaska’s North Slope

Excerpt: One of America's greatest treasures appears to have won an eleventh hour reprieve from being despoiled by oil driving. But a large nearby oil drilling project continues to enjoy the support of the federal government.
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U.S. House passes sweeping wilderness protection bill that includes PNW’s Olympics

Excerpt: The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act designates approximately 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,200 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The bonding of Washington State and British Columbia: Even with our border closed, we share a gorgeous corner of the world

Excerpt: While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic, neither the pandemic shutdown nor the 49th Parallel and Strait of Juan de Fuca have obstructed the bonding between Washington and British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The Snoqulamie’s Middle Fork is Washington State’s latest conservation success story

Excerpt: Two decades ago, the river valley was rapidly becoming a mountain crime zone and trash dump. It has since been cleaned up and restored.
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Washington’s upcoming conservation district elections sorely need progressive candidates

Excerpt: Dozens of publicly governed conservation districts will be holding elections for board supervisor positions this winter and spring. In this guest post, King Conservation District Supervisor Chris Porter explains why progressive activists and community leaders should step up, run, and win.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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