Preserve Our Prairies Initiative

photo: prairie preservation areas

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is a lush and productive ecosystem of wetlands and grasslands that evolved after the glaciers retreated 10,000 years ago. The PPR has the world’s best waterfowl nesting habitat, producing a fall flight of ducks unrivaled anywhere on earth. Healthy wetlands are crucial for prairie-nesting ducks, providing nutrients for egg laying and nursery grounds for broods.

Tragically, these vital wetlands continue to be drained and degraded. … [more…]

White-Water Rafting the Nantahala River in North Carolina

photo: Nantahala River - white-water rafting - North Carolina

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The Nantahala River is a river in western North Carolina in the United States, within the Nantahala National Forest, and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Two-lane U.S. Highway 19/74, once part of the Trail of Tears, runs along the river, picnic areas dotting the route.

The River rises near the border of Georgia and North Carolina, close to the Southern Nantahala Wilderness and the Appalachian Trail.

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Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

photo: coastline and tide pools. Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

It’s a simple choice, really. Do we want our National Marine Sanctuaries to be used for recreation, education, fishing and ecological protection? Or do we want to hand these ocean gems over the oil and gas industry so they can expand offshore drilling off our coasts? For the past six months, the federal administration has been studying this very question.

Following the Trump administration’s Executive Order: The America First Energy … [more…]

What’s at Stake — Why Coastal Louisiana Matters

photo: What's at Stake for coastal Louisiana's current economy and potential model of a restoration economy

Coastal Louisiana is an economic engine that feeds and fuels the nation, and its ports connect the U.S. with the world. Large-scale restoration of coastal Louisiana presents a huge opportunity to protect existing infrastructure and industry of national importance. It also provides an opportunity to grow a restoration economy that can be a model for other coastal communities around the world.

A snapshot of coastal Louisiana’s economic importance:

The water … [more…]

Native American tribes fight for clean water, more money — Apsaalooke Nation

Native American tribes fight for clean water and more money

John Doyle watches Apsaalooke children play in the Little Bighorn River at Crow Agency, Mont. Despite the summer heat, children have recently been warned not to swim in the river because of virulent strains of E. coli. (Lauren Kaljur/News21)

CROW AGENCY, Mont. – When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana. Stagnant

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