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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Good Job!

Good Job!

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, October 5, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

                                Owyhee Canyonlands, Oregon  (credit: BLM/The Conservation Alliance)

Even as national political campaigns seem a never-ending 24/7 affair, good work continues on important environmental matters. This should be celebrated.

The US Department of Interior has calculated the total acreage that has received protection over the past century as national monuments. Interior shows many conservation success stories. It may come as a surprise but two Presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have exceeded all others in declaring monuments under the Antiquities Act. In both cases, the President's recognized the critical importance of sustaining marine resources with their designations of ocean reserves along coastlines, in Hawai'i, and around the western Pacific Ocean.

                    

                   Total Amount of National Monument Acreage Designation, 1906-2016 (credit: Department of the Interior)

While these Presidential actions are national, local on-the-ground conservation projects also continue and are super-important to engage individuals in the importance job of protecting landscapes, biodiversity, and other outdoor spaces. The Conservation Alliance, the outreach orgnization of the outdoor industry, just announced their latest awards to groups recognizing these activities. TCA, originally founded by Patagonia, The North Face, REI, and Kelty and now represented nearly 200 member companies, has contributed $820,000 to 23 organizations in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Their entire list of grants is presented here.

 

           Environmental Project Awardees, Summer 2016 (credit: The Conservation Alliance)

It takes national, local, and individual actions to continue the important work of conservation. Individuals are criticial and a great way to become involved is contributing to ongoing projects. Offer a donation to help this process continue. The awardees are doing a 'good job' but can always use more help!

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