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Long-awaited spending bill boosts key conservation funding, includes needed wildfire budget fix

Michael Reinemer

Congress appears to be ready to pass its federal funding bill without previously proposed attacks on essential protections for national forests and other public lands.

MEMO: Trump administration pursuing overly aggressive timeline for Arctic Refuge drilling

Tim Woody


TO: National Energy and Environmental Reporters

Welcome to the Fourth Wave: A new era of environmental progress

It will empower people and fundamentally transform how we solve environmental problems.


Conservation groups oppose trump administration’s move to lease lands near national monuments for oil and gas

Jennifer Dickson

Today, the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off parcels of federal public lands in southeastern Utah’s spectacular redrock country for oil and gas leasing and development.


Bureau of Land Management strikes out in third attempt to manage off-road vehicles in California desert

Andrea Alday

Unfortunately, BLM’s latest draft closely mirrors prior attempts that a federal court found illegal. The draft plan once again inadequately protects areas with high conservation and cultural values and prioritizes off-road vehicles over other uses.

Outlook for energy and public lands forum, National Press Club March 20

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society will host a discussion for journalists working on energy, environment and climate issues on March 20 at the National Press Club. Panelists will focus on developments and trends from the last year and what that may portend for the year ahead.  

Global Seed Savers

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Global Seed Savers is a Denver, Colorado based international non-profit organization committed to building hunger free and healthy communities with access to sustainable farmer produced seeds and food.
We are committed to supporting food security in the Philippines. Through educating and empowering farmers to return to the historical practice of saving seeds they are no longer dependent on purchasing seeds after each planting and forced to use harmful chemicals to grow these seeds. Through our education and training programs Filipino Organic Farmers gain the hands-on skills and knowledge they need to propagate, store, save, and sell their own regionally adapted organic seeds. This empowers farmers to be self-sufficient and ensures that organic seeds are more readily available throughout the Philippines.

Since, 2015 Global Seed Savers has accomplished the following:

Trained over 400 farmers in seed saving practices and sustainable agriculture.
Conducted over 1000 hours of technical training programs for farmers.
Doubled the membership of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) from 7 to 20 farmers.
Opened the first of its kind Seed Library in the Philippines, stocked with over 30 different varieties of locally produced non-chemical seeds.
• Local seed production saves our farmers on average $100/annually. Which is more than 30% of their annual income.

• Launched programming in two new regions of the Philippines.

Join us for our 4th Annual Film Screening Event of Modified: A Food Lovers Journey into GMO’s on Thursday, April 26th from 6pm-8pm at our collaborative office space the Posner Center for International Development. Modified is a a feature-length documentary-memoir that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States, despite being labeled in 64 other countries around the world. Shot over a span of ten years, the film follows the grassroots struggle to label GMO foods, exposing the cozy relationship between the biotech industry and governments. The film is anchored in the moving story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a prolific gardener, seed saver, and food activist who died of cancer while the film’s production was underway. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family home video archives and playful cooking and farming vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning PBS cooking show, in a mouth-watering celebration of homegrown food. The mother-daughter investigative journey skillfully debunks the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.

Purchase discounted pre-sale tickets here and to learn more about Global Seed Savers please visit: www.globalseedsavers.org.

Troubled Waters 2018

Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.

13 animals that depend on wildlife refuges to survive

When an animal is listed under the Endangered Species Act, scientists designate some stretches of land as “critical habitat,” meaning they can provide all the shelter, food and other essentials the species needs. Here is our gallery of a few at-risk species that rely on national wildlife refuges as part of that habitat.

Interior gives just 4 days in March for public meetings on Utah monuments

Kate Mackay

A near-midnight release on Friday from the Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be holding just four public meetings to solicit public input on the ma