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Urban Development and Climate Change

In a study just released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), researchers project that until the year 2030 urban areas around the world will grow by a total of nearly 42 square miles every day. To put that daily growth into perspective, 42 square miles is the equivalent of about 20,000…

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Victory in the Cherokee National Forest

Covering a span of more than 655,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is one of our nation’s natural treasures. As such, this magnificent forest, which serves as much of the natural border between Tennessee and North Carolina, deserves to be protected. For years, environmental groups have worked diligently to protect the forest from environmentally unsound,…

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Big Win for Wildlife Protection in Utah

On behalf of the Utah Environmental Congress and the High Uintas Preservation Council, the Ashley National Forest was challenged adopting a forest plan amendment that reduced the number of Management Indicator Species (MIS) on the Forest from 12 to two. MIS are important, because monitoring of MIS populations is how the agency knows whether or not…

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Major Win for Clean Water in Alabama

Alabama Circuit Judge Joel Laird ruled that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) illegally issued a water pollution discharge permit to HarGal Mining Partnership for a gold mine on Terrapin Creek in Cleburne County, Alabama. Under Alabama law, high quality waters can be degraded only when the permittee demonstrates that the proposed discharge is…

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Another Big Victory for National Forests

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver struck down another Utah National Forest project on the management indicator species (MIS) issue. Key to this case is that the 10th Circuit blew off the 2000 “transitional” rule and the 2004 “interpretive” rule the Forest Service had manufactured to justify not protecting wildlife when logging. The…

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South Toe River in North Carolina Protected

Tucked away in Western North Carolina, where it starts in a ravine between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the eastern side of the Black Mountains, North Carolina’s beloved South Toe River came close to having its natural splendor altered in 2005. Fortunately, conservation groups stepped up in hopes of preventing such an action, and they…