Opponents organize a protest against Titan America's planned cement plant near Wilmington. Photo: N.C. Coastal Federation
17
Mar
2016

Todd Miller: In North Carolina, Plenty Remains to Be Done As Titan Calls It Quits

by Todd Miller, Executive Director, North Carolina Coastal Federation Category:

Opponents organize a protest against Titan America’s planned cement plant near Wilmington. Proof-positive that ordinary people can wage extraordinary campaigns to protect their quality of life and environment – plus a call to action to be ever-vigilant about protecting the waterways and coasts we love. Photo: N.C. Coastal Federation.  Eight years ago a business lobbyist who had formerly worked for then N.C. Governor Mike Easley called just as I was leaving the office for the day. He said he wanted to give me a “heads-up” that a major new industry was about to announce plans to locate in Wilmington, and that it would be a wonderful economic stimulus for southeastern N.C. He assured me that the company would be a good coastal steward, and encouraged the North Carolina Coastal Federation to welcome the project. The next day Titan America, a Greek international conglomerate, announced its plans to build one of the nation’s largest cement kilns and limestone mines next to the Northeast Cape Fear River just upstream of downtown Wilmington. Secret meetings with state and county leaders had already “cemented”... read more +

A beautiful sunset (and dusk) view across the Cape Fear River of the USS North Carolina from the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington.
26
Feb
2016

Derb Carter: Supporting a New Vision for the Cape Fear Region

by Derb Carter Category:

Named for the treacherous shoals at its mouth that wrecked many ships, the Cape Fear River drains much of eastern North Carolina, entering the Atlantic Ocean below the historic port of Wilmington. Today, in the face of serious environmental challenges, there is an emerging consensus in the lower Cape Fear region around Wilmington that the best way forward is to protect and capitalize on its tremendous cultural and natural riches: its waterways and wetlands, its beaches and offshore waters, and the river that defines this area. In recent years, Wilmington itself has steadily redeveloped its waterfront with plazas, shops, restaurants, and public spaces—turning the city to embrace the river. With support from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center is using its legal skills to help local citizen groups fulfill this vision for the region’s future. One of the challenges facing the Cape Fear region—and coastal communities all along the south Atlantic—is the Department of the Interior’s proposal to open the waters offshore to oil and gas drilling. The coastal communities that would bear the brunt... read more +

An undated supplied Greenpeace photo released Thursday, May 6, 2010 of Bluefin tuna swim inside a transport cage. The Rainbow Warrior is in the Mediterranean for a three-month ship tour taking action on the threats to the sea and calling for a network of large-scale marine reserves to protect the health and productivity of the Mediterranean Sea. (AAP Image/Greenpeace, Marco Care) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO RESALES, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO RESALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

Ascension Island is a hot spot for marine diversity.

3
Jan
2016

Why a UK-sized marine reserve off the Ascension Island matters for ocean biodiversity

by Chuck Fox Category:

Today, as some will have read in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, or the BBC News, The Bacon Foundation, founded by conservationist Louis Bacon, announced a £300,000 grant to the Blue Marine Foundation to support establishment of the largest Marine Reserve in the Atlantic Ocean. This historic new reserve is expected to protect an area only slightly less than the size of the United Kingdom in the waters surrounding Ascension Island in the Atlantic. Grant funds from The Bacon Foundation, to be administered by the Blue Marine Foundation, will support work by the Ascension Island government to close more than half of Ascension’s waters to fishing, manage a tuna fishery, and determine the boundaries of a permanent marine reserve to be established as soon as 2017. The protection of these waters is essential for the incredible number of species that exist here, including some of the largest marlin in the world, one of the most significant populations of green turtles, colonies of tropical seabirds and the island’s own unique frigate bird. The Bacon Foundation grant will cover the costs... read more +

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The Conservation Easement Incentive Act is the result of years of hard work and advocacy.

18
Dec
2015

Historic Conservation Easement Legislation Passes

by Mary Pope Hutson Category:

For those who love the great outdoors, the holidays have come a week early this year. Instead of a new pair of hiking boots, Santa brought a bipartisan budget deal, which includes a provision that will drive over $1 billion in private lands conservation over the next ten years. With tremendous bipartisan support, Congress has finally made permanent an incentive for conservation easements, encouraging land owners to preserve their land in perpetuity. The incentive advanced through Congress as part of the America Gives More Act, a package of incentives to encourage charitable giving. The White House issued a formal endorsement of the tax and spending bills, specifically citing the tax incentives for charities as one reason for supporting the package. The Land Trust Alliance has been seeking permanency for this incentive for a over decade, and we know it will have a major impact on the future of conservation. First enacted as a temporary provision in 2006, the incentive is directly responsible for conserving millions of acres of America’s open spaces and natural heritage. This agreement is the most... read more +

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Trinchera Blanca

6
Dec
2015

Salazar: A Passion for Conservation

by Ken Salazar Category: ,

When I first ran for public office, I adopted as my campaign theme, “Fighting for Colorado’s Land, Water and People.” Genuinely rooted in my life experiences, working on a farm and cattle ranch, laboring in the outdoors built the foundation of those core values and became a major focus throughout my career. It has led to inspiring experiences and taught me great and humbling lessons. I have spent a lifetime working to protect America’s legacy in conservation, recreation, and preservation. In my time as Secretary of the Interior, United States Senator, Colorado Attorney General, Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and in the creation of Great Outdoors Colorado, I have attempted to make the case that jobs and economic development are supported by conservation efforts, open and working lands – our great outdoors. Indeed, outdoor recreation and preservation account for millions of jobs in the United States. As Americans, we should all be proud of the legacy given to us by President Theodore Roosevelt and many others who have made the United States the conservation leader... read more +