17
Jul
2018

Funders, including Taos Ski Valley Foundation, are Super Heroes Protecting Our Water, Quality of Life

Albuquerque/Santa Fe – New Mexicans are keenly aware of summer dangers. Each day the temperature rises above 95 degrees, so too does the risk of increased fire to our dense forests. The warmer, drier weather, combined with the probability of human error, has set up a tinder box scenario, where our woods are ready to burn out of control with a single spark or lightning strike, devastating communities, environments, and the water supply. “Every day we avoid the start of a new fire is dodging a bullet,” says Laura McCarthy, New Mexico’s Nature Conservancy associate director. “Eventually the odds will run out. That is why we need to focus on the work we can do together to get our forests back in shape through landscape-scale restoration treatments.” Enter the super funders. In the last few months, five organizations have donated a total of $335,000 to The Nature Conservancy-led Rio Grande Water Fund. The Water Fund is a visionary public-private partnership to proactively increase the pace and scale of forest restoration in the Rio Grande Watershed over the next 20 years. Through the fund, 600,000 acres of at-risk forests that safeguard water for half of the state’s population are protected... read more +

31
May
2018

Mariachi San Luis Celebrates 20 Years of Festivities – and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation is a Proud Partner

SAN LUIS – The Trinchera Blanca Foundation announced continued support for Mariachi San Luis as they celebrated their 20th anniversary. The celebration, in San Luis this past month, included more than 50 members, many living across the country, and studying in college or working in professional jobs. Mariachi San Luis is dedicated to teaching local children about the music, history and culture of mariachi. Mariachi San Luis pairs younger students with adult Mariachi members, fostering intergenerational relationships that enhance the community. “The Trinchera Blanca Foundation’s support for Mariachi San Luis is extremely meaningful to the local community, and to me personally. This program has enrichened the lives of our kids, many now adults, who have participated in Mariachi San Luis over the years,” said Director Frank Vigil. “We are proud to provide them with not only musical education and performance skills, but also the importance of the history of mariachi and the tools for confidence-building. The members’ sense of pride and place is evident when performing locally and throughout other communities, and so many of them have achieved great success in their lives.  I could not be more proud of them.”?? “Mariachi San Luis is a wonderful organization that impacts the lives of the participants, thanks in large part to the... read more +

1
Apr
2018

360 Degree Bird Sanctuary Experience Opens for North Carolina Nesting Season, Thanks to The Orton Foundation

Audubon North Carolina Releases Behind-the-Scenes 360 Video of Nesting Bird Colonies on the Lower Cape Fear River WILMINGTON, NC (XX DATE) – As nesting season approaches, Audubon North Carolina is readying to manage eight sanctuary islands in Brunswick County and New Hanover County, benefitting over 50,000 birds and thousands more chicks. To help keep these sanctuary islands free from human disturbance, Audubon North Carolina is bringing nesting birds and visitors together virtually by releasing a series of interactive 360-degree videos. The 360 videos allow the public to experience the amazing sights and sounds at Audubon North Carolina’s bird sanctuaries without exposing birds and their chicks to human disturbance during nesting season. On North Pelican Island, viewers sit just feet away from a colony of nesting Brown Pelicans. On South Pelican Island, Royal and Sandwich Terns fly by within inches of the camera’s lens. On Battery Island, White Ibis chicks begging for food sound out like cicadas on a summer night. “Island sanctuaries for birds on the Lower Cape Fear River are essential for successful nesting and migration,” said... read more +

23
Mar
2018

Why We Need to Burn Woods to Save Them

First published in the Wilmington StarNews By Angie Carl and Ann Colley It is one of nature’s greatest ironies: Many of our forests need fire to thrive. Without regular fires, forests degenerate, plants and wildlife suffer, and dense vegetation builds up that can fuel large wildfires. Native Americans regularly set fire to the land in order to refresh it. But that practice was lost over centuries of settlement and development, not to mention one of the most successful public service campaigns ever: Smokey Bear’s “Remember! Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” Today, we know better. America’s forests – their trees, understory plant life and wildlife – need to be burned on a regular basis to regenerate and stay healthy. In fact, some of our most beautiful forests and endangered plants and wildlife will perish without regular fires. Ironically, it was partly because of Smokey Bear’s success that the 2017 fire season was so catastrophic, with 10,000 wildfires burning 8.4 million acres from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. Years of fire suppression helped build up dangerous amounts of underbrush and debris... read more +

29
Aug
2017

NFWF Announces $5.5 Million in Grants for Longleaf Pine Forest and Ecosystems Across the Southeast

Partners Celebrate 1 Million Acres of Longleaf Impacted in Program’s Sixth Year WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 15, 2017) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $5.5 million in grants to support the restoration of the longleaf ecosystem in nine states. Awarded through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, the grants are expected to generate more than $7 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $12.5 million. With the addition of these accomplishments, NFWF’s Longleaf Stewardship Fund will reach a historic milestone, surpassing 1 million acres of longleaf pine restored or enhanced. The 24 projects awarded grants this year are expected to establish more than 13,300 acres and improve more than 270,000 additional acres of longleaf pine habitat across the longleaf pine’s historical range. Grantees will provide educational and technical assistance related to longleaf restoration to more than 5,500 private landowners, with an anticipated 360 landowners entering into stewardship programs on private lands. The grants will support conservation work in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. A complete list of the... read more +

13
Jun
2017

Culebra Range Coalition Receives Money from Louis Bacon’s Tercio Foundation for Scholarships

Stonewall, CO —  Culebra Range Community Coalition (CRCC) today announced renewed support from Louis Bacon‘s Tercio Foundation for its Environmental Scholarship Program to help local graduating seniors attend college and prepare for careers in land and water conservation fields. CRCC currently has 19 local students on scholarship, studying ways to protect and enhance the environment. The first scholarships were awarded in 2012 and the Tercio Foundation has provided support for the program since its inception. “Culebra Range Community Coalition is an essential partner in the Trinidad community working to improve wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of destructive forest fires, and encourage youth to pursue conservation-related careers. We applaud their efforts and are honored to support the Environmental Scholarship Program,” said Ann Colley, Executive Vice President of The Tercio Foundation. “We believe that investing in youth and the environment is a strong strategy for protecting and enhancing our beautiful natural landscape and being able to invest in bright local youth going off to college to study in any field that can benefit the environment is one way that we can do that,”... read more +

31
May
2017

Partnering on Forest Health: The Orton Foundation Partners with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to Restore Longleaf Pine

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, have announced a new partnership to restore and enhance the longleaf pine ecosystem in eastern North Carolina. The Orton Foundation’s grant of $300,000 underscores the central role that North Carolina will play in order to successfully restore longleaf pine habitat across the Southeast. The partnership will include using prescribed burning to improve forest health. The ecosystem once covered much of the South-east, but about 97 percent has been lost over time. Longleaf forests support several endangered species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker. Orton’s grant will support projects through the Longleaf Stewardship Fund, a public-private partnership managed by NFWF that provides strategic grants to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across its historic range. These funds will be combined with additional funding from NFWF and its partners through the 2017 Longleaf Stewardship Fund grant cycle for work in eastern North Carolina. Priorities will include planting longleaf pine in areas chosen for restoration through science-based planning and enhancing existing longleaf... read more +

11
Apr
2017

Breaking News: DC Circuit Court orders EPA to close dangerous loophole for concentrated animal feeding operations

Posted by Waterkeeper Alliance Today, Waterkeeper Alliance announced the DC Circuit Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close a loophole that has allowed hazardous substances released into the environment by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to go unreported. “We applaud the DC Circuit Court’s clear decision to enforce this vital environmental safeguard to protect public safety,” said Earthjustice attorney Jonathan Smith, who helped argue the case before the Court. “In the words of the Court, the risk of air emissions from CAFOs ‘isn’t just theoretical; people have become seriously ill and even died’ from these emissions. But the public cannot protect itself from these hazardous substances if CAFOs aren’t required to report their releases to the public. The loophole also prevented reporting of these toxics to local and state responders, and the Court held that plainly violated the law.” CAFOs are large-scale livestock facilities that confine large numbers of animals in relatively small spaces. A large CAFO may contain upward of 1,000 cattle, 2,500 hogs or 125,000 chickens. Such facilities generate a massive amount of urine and feces, which is commonly liquefied and either stored... read more +

22
Mar
2017

Louis Bacon’s Taos Ski Valley Foundation Provides Renewed Support for the Rio Grande Water Fund

$250,000 Will Improve Forests, Secure Water, Support Recreation                                                 Taos, NM Thanks to The Taos Ski Valley Foundation’s initial donation to The Nature Conservancy for the Rio Grande Water Fund program last year, land managers – for the first time ever – have gained invaluable knowledge about fire history in the Taos area. A recent tree-ring study confirms there were repeated, low intensity fires dating back to the 1300s. On average, fires burned in Taos-area forests every 11 to 43 years. This Taos Ski Valley Foundation-funded research will inform on-the-ground forest thinning projects. The new $250,000 grant will boost the momentum of the Water Fund – a solution that can bring clean water to the Land of Enchantment for generations to come. Water is essential for life and our livelihoods. Nowhere is that more true than in New Mexico. However, the harsh reality is more frequent and severe wildfires with subsequent flooding degrade our rivers, streams and other critical water sources. Without action, New Mexico’s future water supply is at risk. The Nature Conservancy-led Rio Grande Water Fund leverages public and private donations... read more +

22
Feb
2017

Taos Ski Valley Is World’s First Ski Resort to Become a Certified B Corporation

Yahoo Finance TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Taos Ski Valley today becomes the first ski resort in the world to become a Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) by thoroughly demonstrating its commitment to deliberate and thoughtful social, economic and environmental actions. Certified B Corps are required to meet the highest standards of verified economic, social and environmental performance, and public transparency. The B Corp certification further underscores Taos Ski Valley’s investment in the people who live in Northern New Mexico, its commitment to a sustainable economic future, its stewardship of the natural environment, and respect for the visitors who come to experience the area’s beauty and mystique. The performance standards Taos has met are comprehensive, transparent and verified, and going forward, the resort is both ethically and legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on all their stakeholders, a move the company welcomes. “Louis Bacon, the owner of Taos Ski Valley and a lifelong conservation philanthropist, has been completely supportive of these efforts as the long-held values of Taos are being validated... read more +