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[1THING] Blog: Archive for April, 2015

[ Congress cooks up ‘working group’ aimed at giving away your lands ]

In the latest chapter of an ill-advised and politically unpopular effort to attack our shared natural heritage, a House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT) is corralling his anti-conservation allies in Congress to form a congressional working group aimed at finding ways to hand

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[ New bill will develop strategies to reconnect kids with nature ]

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced Senate and House versions of the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, which would provide incentives for states to combat the trend of kids and families spending less time outside.

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[ Wildland-saving energy efficiency bills get hearings in Congress ]

One of the great opportunities for movement on energy priorities in Congress in the next two years lay in energy efficiency legislation. While bipartisan agreement is hard to come by these days, energy efficiency is an issue primed for progress.

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[ Sage Grouse delays would undermine conservation work ]

Two new efforts to undermine ongoing planning efforts to conserve sage brush habitat and block protections that may be needed for the greater sage grouse have come out of Congress in the past two weeks.

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[ Outdoor Recreation and Local Government Groups Urge Congress to Keep Trails Open in National Forests; Bipartisan bill would reduce maintenance backlog ]

Michael Reinemer

The legislation was introduced today in the United States Senate by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and is identical to a House version introduced earlier this year by Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN).

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[ E.P.A. Acknowledges 2 El Paso Federal Facilities for Significant Energy Reductions and Cost Savings ]

DALLAS – (April 28, 2015) Today the E.P.A. (EPA) acknowledged the Drug Enforcement Administration’ El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and the Armendariz US Courthouse for reducing their environmental impacts. As part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), in excess of 400 federal facilities, representing nearly 1.3 million federal employees, took steps to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently in 2014, resulting in an estimated cost savings of …

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[ E.P.A. Acknowledges Austin Federal Building for Significant Energy Reductions and Cost Savings ]

DALLAS – (April 28, 2015) Today the E.P.A. (EPA) acknowledged the JJ Pickle & Homer Thornberry Federal Building for reducing its environmental impacts. As part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC), in excess of 400 federal facilities, representing nearly 1.3 million federal employees, took steps to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently in 2014, resulting in an estimated cost savings of in excess of $24 million to U.S. taxpayers.

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[ Report: National parks contributed almost $30 billion to economy in 2014 ]

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[ 20 fun things to do with kids in national parks ]

Last year, Americans made over 292 million visits to our beloved national parks. Many of these visits were families adventuring in our country’s most enjoyable places.

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[ Jewell touts economic benefits of wildlands, calls for support ]

Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, touted the economic importance of Americans wildlands at a forum in Washington, D.C. last week. 

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