29
Nov
2016

Denver Business Journal: A voice for ‘common sense’ speaks out for Western ranchers

Cathy Proctor, Reporter, Denver Business Journal The sweeping vistas of the American West are vast, and home to deep divisions over how the millions of acres — a mix of private and public land that supports families, communities and wildlife — should be used. In 2011, the nonprofit Western Landowners Alliance, based in Santa Fe, formed to help give ranch owners and managers a voice in the conversation, and also to provide a network among peers to share information about what works — and what doesn’t — in managing a ranch sustainably. “Our focus is keeping lands economically viable and prosperous, and to not have such a polarized conversation on how to do that,” said Lesli Allison, a founding member and executive director of the alliance. The polarization is visible on many fronts, Allison said. “It’s environmentalists versus the ranchers, it’s urban versus rural, Trump versus Clinton, but the people are ready for public dialogue and they are tired of polarization. You can’t manage these lands by sound bite and the landowners haven’t been represented,” she said. The organization is focused on... read more +

15
Nov
2016

Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers Launch “The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production” Environmental Justice Video Campaign

Series captures environmental injustices perpetrated by the pork industry against North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations by Waterkeeper Alliance NEW YORK, NY — Waterkeeper Alliance and thirteen North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations have launched a new environmental justice video campaign that captures the struggle of community members living with the impacts of industrial farm pollution. Titled The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production, the campaign aims to raise awareness of environmental injustices being perpetrated against North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations and features powerful, first-hand accounts of community members, esteemed scientific experts, and local people on the ground. This campaign shows the devastating impacts to public health, quality of life, and local waterways caused by industrial animal agriculture. The campaign is comprised of nine short videos, designed specifically for viewing on social media: “The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production” — An overview of what is happening in North Carolina, where industrial animal production has taken the place of family farms. “Wasting Away” — Highlights the problem of industrial animal waste and how the pork industry is not being held accountable to dispose of it correctly. “Belly Up” —... read more +

5
Nov
2016

Southport, North Carolina’s John N. Smith Cemetery announces grant from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation

The John N. Smith Cemetery today announced a $14,500 grant from The Orton Foundation, the North Carolina affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation. Established in 1880, this African American Cemetery is located on Leonard Street in Southport, North Carolina. Preservation of the Cemetery has deep historical and spiritual significance for the Southport community. The grant will enable the Cemetery to install a new perimeter fence around the property. “Thanks to the timely and generous support of The Orton Foundation we are moving further down the road of success,” said Judy Gordon, President of the John N. Smith Cemetery’s Board of Directors. “Beyond its financial value, The Orton Foundation’s contribution will raise the credibility and visibility of our renovation and preservation efforts,” said Gordon Walker, a spokesperson for the Cemetery’s Board of Directors. Preservation activities include cleaning and repairing headstones, locating and posting unmarked gravesites, and landscaping improvements. The Board of Directors is also designing programs about the important contributions earlier African Americans made to the cultural, social and economic prosperity of Southport. Volunteers are currently gathering documentation about African American veterans... read more +

12
Oct
2016

Hurricane Matthew Response – Waterkeeper Alliance Offers Opportunities for Aerial Flights Over Impacted Areas

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — As treacherous floods continue to devastate North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Waterkeeper Alliance and 13 North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations are actively working to document the potential devastating impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, factory swine, and poultry facilities on the state’s waterways. The combined impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, factory swine, and poultry facilities have the potential to deliver a devastating triple whammy to the state’s waterways. Hardest hit will be the Neuse and Cape Fear river basins, as they have the highest concentration of these massive industrial sites with waste ponds larger than football stadiums. Waterkeeper Alliance and the Riverkeeper organizations have already captured photos that show the submersion of industrial waste ponds at the Lee coal-fired power plant and at many industrial meat facilities. They are keeping close watch on the potential for the waters to rise over coal ash ponds and mix with river water, carrying the toxic waste downstream or being spilled directly into the Neuse River impacting communities. The organizations are also closely monitoring industrial... read more +

3
Oct
2016

Watch Palmer Land Trust’s video tribute to Louis Bacon for significant conservation contributions in southern Colorado

The Palmer Land Trust paid tribute to Louis Bacon with the Friends of Southern Colorado Honorary Recognition in acknowledgement of the significant contributions he has made to conservation in southern Colorado. His support is highlighted by the authorization of conservation easement donations on approximately 167,000 acres on Trinchera Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the largest such donation received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Combined with additional donations on Tercio and Red River Ranches, these donations help form a landscape-scale conservation effort of 800,000 acres of protected lands stretching from Great Sand Dunes National Park to northern New Mexico.

17
Aug
2016

Donors, Sponsors Generously Support New Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA News Wire Contributor) Sponsorships and donations have been pouring into the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which is set to open on Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Most recently, the popular 1990s R&B group En Vogue donated their performance-worn dresses to the museum. “Our dresses from the ‘Never Gonna Get It/My Lovin’ video and the ‘Giving Him Something He Can Feel’ video will be debuting in the Smithsonian African American History museum on September 24,” group member Terry Ellis said. “So, we’re really super excited about that.” NBA Icon Michael Jordan also announced this month that he was providing a $5 million gift to the museum along with his game-worn 1996 NBA Finals jersey. The museum will reportedly place the famous jersey in a wing called “Michael Jordan Hall,” that will feature stories of 17 historic athletes. In a news release, Jordan noted athletes like Jesse Owens whose “talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many... read more +

1
Aug
2016

Palmer to Honor Four Exemplary Conservation Champions at 2016 Southern Colorado Conservation Awards, including Louis Bacon

Palmer Land Trust has announced the names of the three award winners, along with an honorary recognition, for the 2016 Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA). The group will be honored at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, September 28. “Now in its seventh year, the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards have become the premiere conservation event in southern Colorado. This is reflected in the incredible depth and diversity of nominations we received. We are excited to share the stories of our winners and the remarkable impact they’ve had on their local communities,” said Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director of Palmer. 2016 Southern Colorado Conservation Award Recipients: The Stuart P. Dodge Award honors a lifetime achievement in conservation. Winner:  Corwin Brown, Springfield, Colorado Corwin has been a nearly lifelong resident of Southeastern Colorado, working as a landowner, rancher, ranch broker, and land appraiser and serving the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association in a variety of official and unofficial leadership roles. He was also involved in the creation of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust and as a Board member of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition. The... read more +

8
Jul
2016

Riverhead News Review: Environmentalists sue federal agencies over Plum Island sale

A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies in an attempt to block the prospective sale of Plum Island to the highest bidder, federal court records show. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District Court of New York Thursday, the same day the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to block the government’s sale of Plum Island by barring the use of federal funds to market or sell the property. The complaint, which was filed by Save the Sound, Peconic Baykeeper and Group for the East End, among others, was announced at a press conference at Orient Point County Park Friday. The lawsuit, which names the U.S. General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security as defendants along with the heads of each agency, alleges the federal government has violated environmental laws by failing to consider conservation as an alternative as it attempts to recoup some of the expense of relocating the existing animal research center to a more than $1 billion facility it is building in Kansas.... read more +

22
Jun
2016

Fields Of Filth: Landmark Report Maps Feces-Laden Hog And Chicken Operations In North Carolina

Waterkeeper Alliance Contact: Tina Posterli, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212.747.0622 or tposterli@waterkeeper.org WASHINGTON- A first-of-its-kind interactive map revealing the locations of more than 6,500 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, across the state of North Carolina was released today by Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations and Environmental Working Group. In addition to swine and cattle CAFOs, the project documents the locations of over 3,900 poultry operations, which up until now have been shielded from the people of North Carolina. The maps, which EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance researchers constructed over more than three years, provide a never-before-seen aerial view of the CAFOs blanketing the state. This includes the manure lagoons from swine operations, detailing how close they are to streams, rivers and other public water sources. The maps feature satellite photos of each of the thousands of facilities. The unprecedented mapping project identifies approximate locations of all swine, poultry and cattle CAFO operations in the state, as well as the size of the operations. The online maps allow users to view total estimated waste outputs on a facility, watershed, county... read more +

10
Jun
2016

Action Alert: Stop the Hog Industry from Spraying Pig Waste on Our Homes

Please join Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation and Waterkeeper Alliance in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to protect all communities from the dangerous pollution of industrial hog operations in North Carolina. By signing the petition started by local resident Elsie Herring, you can help demand nondiscriminatory policies and that uphold the basic right of all people to clean air and water. The petition will be delivered to Office of General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency, Avi Garbow. Stop the Hog Industry from Spraying Pig Waste on Our Homes The hog operation next door makes my life miserable. The pork industry down here in North Carolina places profits over my civil rights. I have no choice but to live with spray manure blowing onto my property. There’s an increase in snakes, rats, flies, and mosquitoes. There’s a horrific odor seeping into my house even when the windows are shut as the Health Department has advised. Please sign my petition telling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights to help stop the civil rights violations here in North Carolina and protect families like mine from exposure... read more +