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2011-04-15 10:00:00

Pew report maps 10 national treasures jeopardized by 1872 law WASHINGTON, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Obama administration considers whether to put federal land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park off limits to future mining claims, a report by the Pew Environment Group shows many national parks and landmarks are in jeopardy due to a dramatic increase in gold, uranium and other hardrock claims. The report calls on the Obama administration on the eve of National...

2011-04-14 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PACT, an underwear brand that blends design and sustainability with support for powerful social and environmental causes, proudly supports the Sierra Club Student Coalition's "Campuses Beyond Coal" initiative. Today, PACT announces the public availability of their latest collection, "Beyond Coal," which supports this movement to educate about coal's dangers to environmental and public health. Students from coal-powered campuses, as well as...

2011-04-12 11:52:00

CHICAGO, April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the resource office for the nation's YMCAs, has received a $500,000 grant from The Sierra Club Foundation to provide thousands of military youth and their family members with outdoor camp experiences at YMCA day camps, overnight camps and family camps from April 2011 through March 2012. This announcement comes on the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama's call this morning for greater support for military families....

2011-04-06 13:05:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress is set to pass a budget that could include severe cuts to vital conservation programs, The Nature Conservancy has announced its "Top Ten California Treasures." These treasures are California's most iconic parks and recreation areas that were funded by a federal program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is currently proposed to be cut by 90 percent in the House of Representatives' budget....

2011-03-15 10:30:00

Hikers Can Follow Muir's Footsteps in Rare Guided Trek as Momentum Grows to Restore Hetch Hetchy Valley SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The fight led by naturalist John Muir a century ago continues to strengthen as hikers prepare for the third annual "Muir's March" this summer to advocate for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. The guided treks into scenic areas -- rarely experienced by tourists -- literally and figuratively follow in...

2011-01-06 12:19:00

Groups Raise 20 Questions for Mayoral Candidates' Responses for Voters CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, seventeen leading Chicago environmental and conservation groups issued their Green Growth Platform and questionnaire for the City. The groups are asking Mayoral candidates to answer 20 questions that will help voters learn where each candidate stands on the most important environmental issues facing our city. The environmental groups will then send the...

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2010-12-26 07:20:00

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that the Obama administration plans to reverse a Bush-era policy and make millions of undeveloped acres of land once again eligible for federal wilderness protection. BBC News reported that the agency will replace the 2003 policy adopted under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Salazar said. That policy "” derided by some as the "No More Wilderness" policy "” stated that new areas could not be recommended for wilderness protection...

2010-12-23 13:43:00

New approach will help all interests work toward consensus on public land protection WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mike Matz, director of the Campaign for America's Wilderness of the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration's new policy to better inventory and plan protection for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the West and Alaska: "Secretary Salazar's policy pronouncement today affirms the Bureau...

2010-12-15 15:56:00

Pew and partners call for federal rules that "stand the test of time" WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Obama administration develops sweeping new national forest management rules due early in 2011, an ad campaign starting tomorrow from the Pew Environment Group and 11 other national and regional environmental organizations makes a holiday push for a strong plan to protect America's national forests. With a festive ad in Politico and National Journal Daily this...

2010-12-06 13:01:00

Grassroots organizer working to protect Gold Butte RENO, Nev., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reno-based grassroots organizer Carrie Sandstedt of the Campaign for America's Wilderness at the Pew Environment Group is among five individuals profiled in the 2010 Patagonia Holiday Favorites catalog. Sandstedt was chosen for her efforts to protect the nation's last remaining wild places, and specifically the Gold Butte area outside Las Vegas, Nevada. "Carrie is a perfect example of...


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Francis Marion National Forest
2014-01-20 10:46:46

The Francis Marion National Forest can be found north of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s named for revolutionary war hero Francis Marion, who was known to the British as the Swamp Fox. It lies completely within the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion. This national forest is contained completely in the counties of Charleston and Berkeley and is 258,864 acres in size. The forest contains the towns of Huger, Jamestown, McClellanville, and Awendaw. Charleston offers emergency...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'