[1THING] Blog: Archive for April, 2016

[ Sample Letter to IRA Adminstrator DOC ]

Apr 29, 2016

Sample Letter to IRA Adminstrator DOC

[ Study identifies wildest corridors between key protected areas in U.S. ]

Michael Reinemer

Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas.

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[ Tips for a Green Graduation ]

c2b16 mountain view park (278)Hi my name is Hannah and I am currently one of the Outreach Interns at I Love A Clean San Diego! I am graduating this May from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability.  My love for the environment started in high school after taking a course in environmental science, which led me to my major. I am always trying to find ways to be more sustainable, including my upcoming college graduation.

Graduation season is quickly approaching. From kindergarten to college, there will be millions of students all over the globe walking across a stage to receive their diploma.  Here are 4 ways to be sustainable this graduation season and have a green graduation!

  1. Send evites to your friends and family to attend your graduation ceremony or party rather than paper announcements! You will not only be saving the planet, but also saving money. The online alternative to invitations is affordable, easy, and environmentally friendly! Websites such as Paperless Post, Greenvelope, and Punch Bowl all offer free or low cost alternatives.

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  1. Rent or recycle your graduation gown! There are more than 5 million high school and college graduates every year each purchasing a graduation gown they will probably never wear again and could end up in a landfill, if it is not recycled. Greener Grads is a website that provides low cost cap, gown, and tassel rentals. If you have already graduated or purchased your gown, don’t fret, Greener Grads will recycle it for you after you are done.

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  1. Arrange a carpool for your guests attending your graduation or encourage them to take public transportation. Not only will there be tons of traffic getting to and from the ceremony, but they will be making a positive impact on the environment.   Since SDSU has a trolley stop right on campus, my family is staying at a hotel in close proximity to a trolley stop for my graduation this May for a quick, sustainable, and hassle free journey.
  1. Encourage your friends and family to refrain from showering you with balloons and candy leis at your graduation ceremony, and let them know their attendance is more than enough! We are currently facing a helium shortage, you know the stuff that we fill balloons with, and studies suggest supplies could be depleted before the middle of the century. Helium is a non-renewable resource, so once it’s gone it’s gone. Another popular graduation ceremony gift are candy leis, but candy wrappers are made from mixed materials that can be very difficult to recycle.

We’ll that’s it! If you’re graduating this spring or if you know someone who is, take these tips with you as you celebrate this incredible milestone with our environment in mind. For more sustainable ideas for other occasions, follow I Love A Clean San Diego on Pinterest!

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[ Report: Proposed BLM methane waste rule will increase production, revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin ]

Sarah Graddy

An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

[ Saving The Bees .. and More – Conservation International ]

For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all. In 2016, Entercom Communications partnered with Conservation International to protect 150 acres of valuable habitat for bees and other pollinators.

Pollinators like bees and birds are responsible for about one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat — which makes their recent population collapse a major cause for concern. Without bees, yields of crops like almonds, apples and avocados would collapse, or possibly disappear altogether. In addition, a recent study found that because pollinators support certain crops that provide important nutrients to malnourished countries, a decline in pollinators could worsen global malnutrition.

The importance of bees means we should heed their recent dramatic declines. Although there are likely numerous causes of this collapse, protecting bees from known threats like pesticides is an essential step in maintaining our food security.

Conservation International’s success protecting nature around the world stems from the generous support of donors. Help ensure that flowers, plants and trees continue to provide food, medicine — and inspiration for all.

Find out more about Conservation International, including how to donate, at www.conservation.org

[ EarthShare Honors National Parks Centennial ]

EarthShare Honors National Parks Centennial

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Domen Jakus/Flickr

 

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. To commemorate this special occasion, EarthShare staff members reflected on their favorite memories of our National Parks. These national treasures not only protect the country’s unique biodiversity, but also offer visitors surprising, awe-inspiring experiences.

What’s your favorite memory of the park? Let us know in the comments section below, or post your memory to social media with the hashtags #FindYourPark or #NPS100. Then, visit EarthShare member charity National Parks Conservation Association to find out how you can protect the parks.

 

Denali

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NPS / Jacob W. Frank

 

I went to Alaska in 2006 and spent two days in Denali National Park. We saw plenty of wildlife in the park itself, but what I remember most vividly was waiting for the train to Fairbanks and seeing a moose in the parking lot of the train station. A wolf on the other side of the train tracks was watching it very closely! We also loved standing on the deck of our cottage in Denali – when it was 11:30pm and there was still plenty of daylight in mid-June.

– Miriam Davidson, Public Campaigns Manager

 

Yellowstone

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Erica Flock

 

Yellowstone National Park in autumn is crisp and magical: steam rising in the early morning from hot springs and fumeroles; elk bugling their mating songs, bison wandering the valleys and forests with green garlands in their fur.

As vast as Yellowstone National Park is – it's larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware – it sits within a much larger ecosystem that includes humans. These borderlands are where conservation is truly tested. I was inspired to meet a woman named Hilary Anderson who has found sustainable ways to cattle ranch alongside wolves and bears. Hilary represents a new generation of rancher that is rethinking our relationship with the wild from one of fear and destruction, to one of respect and coexistence.

– Erica Flock, Communications Consultant

 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal 

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Fritz Flohr Reynolds/Flickr

 

It was like a page cut from Genesis in the days of creation: The entire sky was overcast with big purple clouds lunging down from above with just a small clearing in the western sky for the setting sun to shoot its rays through. New spring growth was everywhere – swaths of bluebells, violets, small wild & spotted flowers smaller than a fingernail, bright new blades of grass, golden asters, and new leaves breaking through from their branches on many of the trees.

This scene all took place on the banks of the Potomac just below the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath at Carderock where the river bottom causes the water to flow like mini-whitewater rushing from the mountains. The clouds & sunset reflected on the water along with the flowers and trees on the banks provide a truly sacred experience. It was like stepping into Eden, and all just minutes from Washington, DC… in one of our treasured national parks!

– Paul Fitzpatrick, Information System Manager

 

Yosemite

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Albert de Bruijn/Flickr

 

Last summer my friends and I took a trip to California to visit Big Sur and Yosemite. Yosemite has always been a dream of mine because of the sequoias. I have been an activist for half my life and have worked so hard to protect this ecosystem. It was breathtaking and something that words can’t even explain.

I also saw how climate change is devastating our national parks. Wildfires have destroyed acres and acres of land and waterfalls have dried up. It is more important than ever to invest in and protect our national parks. I want my children to experience Yosemite and not have to rely on pictures of how it used to be.

– Beth Gunter, Campaign Support Specialist

[ Sage-grouse are in peril again as dangerous bill hitches ride to NDAA ]

Last fall, the Department of the Interior finalized conservation plans for western states encompassing the iconic western sagebrush.

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[ Thank you for speaking up to stop methane pollution on public lands! ]

By the time the public comment period ended on April 22, over 12,000 Wilderness Society supporters had submitted comments applauding a new rule that addressed natural gas waste on public lands—waste that is

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[ Pacific Northwest forests depend on feds making smart decisions for entire region ]

In the Pacific Northwest, roughly 24 million acres of forest are protected from destructive clear-cut logging and managed as part of a vast, intertwined ecosystem that stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.

[ Creek2Bay Site Captain Spotlight – Dixon Lake ]

I Love A Clean San Diego appreciates all the hard work our volunteers put in to our cleanups in order to keep San Diego beautiful. Today, we would like to highlight one our amazing volunteers who has taken on the role of site captain at Dixon Lake in Escondido. If you’d like to join her at her site or one in your neighborhood there’s still time to register at CreektoBay.org!

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Lori having a blast at last year’s Dixon Lake cleanup!

Lori is a program assistant with the recycling division in the City of Escondido. At the recycling division, Lori handles the disposal of hazardous waste for the city and public education about waste diversion. Through her work, Lori attends farmers’ markets and schools to demonstrate repurposed crafts and recycling 101 as ways to reduce waste.

Lori originally got involved with the Creek to Bay Cleanup a few years ago when she accompanied her supervisor to a site captain meeting. After attending a few more site captain meetings, Lori decided this year she would be a site captain herself at Dixon Lake. 

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The Creek to Bay Cleanup gets the community involved and invested in protecting our environment. Lori says, “People come to the sites and make a positive impact on the environment.” She believes that every piece of trash counts and that it also is very eye-opening for members of the community.

When asked why the Creek to Bay Cleanup is so important to her community, Lori said, “We are keeping the area clean, families are out and bonding, and the park rangers enjoy it.”

At Dixon Lake there are few recycling receptacles. Lori hopes to ultimately change that and match every garbage can with a recycling bin.

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Lori keeps coming back every year to the Creek to Bay Cleanup because it is a rewarding few hours. She encourages others to come out and spend a few hours with their families to enhance our environment. Lori believes Dixon Lake is more than just a lake, “it’s a beautiful part of Escondido that brings many people together”.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 23rd at one of our 110 Creek to Bay Cleanup sites! If you’re in the Escondido area, join Lori at Dixon Lake or find a site in your neighborhood at CreekToBay.org!

We’ll hope you join us at one of our 100+ sites as we beautify San Diego!

We are enhancing our environment, starting in your neighborhood.

A big thank you to Lori for all her work as a site captain and to the Escondido Recycling Division for supporting I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup. Thank you for investing in a clean San Diego!

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