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Trees and waterfalls in the Tongass National Forest
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TAKE ACTION: Tongass Roadless Rule

Help defend America's national forests! Submit a comment to the U.S. Forest Service urging that they take 'No Action' on the newly proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, keeping the Roadless Rule protections intact for the Tongass National Forest.

The new proposal undermines the Roadless Rule, a law that has long protected much of our last remaining wild national forests from logging and other development across the country. In this case, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska is in the crosshairs. At almost 17 million acres, the Tongass is the nation's largest national forest and is among one of the world's few remaining relatively intact temperate rainforests. The Roadless Rule protects 9.3 million acres of breathtaking, undeveloped roadless land in the Tongass—twice the size of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined! Not only does this attack threaten habitat for wildlife like grizzly bears, moose and salmon, but it sets a bad precedent that could lead to logging and road construction in remote, wild forest areas across the nation. The Tongass National Forest is among the planet's best carbon sinks—under this proposal, old-growth trees that help us to mitigate climate change by storing vast amounts of carbon would be especially targeted. In addition, this rule could potentially undermine protection of the 5.4 million acres of roadless lands in Alaska's Chugach National Forest.

How to submit comments:

  • The roadless coalition's comment portal website
  • Email: akroadlessrule@usda.gov Subject: Alaska Roadless Rulemaking #54511
  • Snail Mail:
    USDA Forest Service
    Attn: Alaska Roadless Rule
    P.O. Box 21628
    Juneau, Alaska, 99802
  • Fax: 907-586-7852


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    Commentary: Clean electricity bill defends nature and nation

    by Rick Taylor

    A January 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Defense states, "the effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to (department) missions, operational plans and installations." It goes on to report that more than two-thirds of the military's operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change, citing recurrent flooding, drought and wildfires as primary concerns at the 79 installations included in the analysis.

    As a retired military officer, grandfather and longtime member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society, I believe it is our civic duty to act now to prevent the rapidly accelerating impacts of climate change. One of the best ways we can make effective change is to pass statewide policies that eliminate the use of fossil fuels, the underlying cause of global warming.

    Read the full article at HeraldNet.com



    Pilchuck Audubon Society's 2019 Birdathon Photography Contest Winners Announced!

    Marbled Godwit
    First Place—Washington Big Month: Marbled Godwit by Rex Guichard

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    David Yarnold, Audubon CEO
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    A message from Audubon CEO David Yarnold:

    Audubon started with a dream and with determination. Americans across the eastern U.S., mostly women, believed they could raise public awareness about the slaughter of birds for the feathers that were used to decorate hats.

    Those women prevailed and, today, it's our turn to represent Audubon's values of compassion, care and respect. When Chief Network Officer David Ringer sent out a note after the Charlottesville tragedy, he received some pushback about why a bird conservation NGO would weigh in on issues like tolerance, justice and community standards.

    It's because we've always belonged in that conversation. Many of Audubon's 463 chapters and 41 nature centers are community hubs and we cherish that role. From creating community gardens in Birmingham, Alabama, to creating a nature center where 50,000 Texans experience Dallas' Trinity Forest every year, we stand for values that leave us with clear consciences and pride in our communities. We don't just talk community building and inclusion: we practice it. We also know that, with a centrist base, Audubon is uniquely positioned to find common ground when so many would choose to build fences.

    We're also committed to building a conservation movement for years to come and our commitment to equity and diversity is clear and unequivocal. We see a bright future for an Audubon that embraces America's rich and diverse communities.

    So, to the DREAMers among us: you are family and we have your back. The same goes for our colleagues who face intimidation or the loss of liberties -- anywhere -- because of any form of discrimination. Birds don't stop at borders and neither does Audubon's network of partnerships across the hemisphere. We will do everything we can to support you during this uncertain and confusing time.

    As an employer, Audubon adheres to the best HR practices. We will monitor the news about DACA and advocate for the innocent 850,000 potential environmentalists, scientists, policy experts and bird-lovers who have stepped forward to declare themselves DREAMers.

    At Audubon, we're all dreamers. We dream of a world where climate change doesn't threaten birds and people; where water will sustain biodiversity; where coastlines create nurseries and safe passage for birds; and of bird-friendly cities where people and birds thrive together.

    If you have any questions or just want to talk, here are some folks with whom you can talk. Feel free to reach out to me, too.

    Here is Audubon's statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (along with a video), which you may want to review yourselves and share with others today and in the days ahead: http://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon

    David Yarnold
    President & CEO
    National Audubon Society


     

    Threats to Public Lands

    Our friends at Washington Wild are tracking legislative threats to public lands. Please see their website for more information on these threats and what you can do to help keep our public lands intact and available for people and birds to enjoy.

    Legislative Threats to Public Lands
    Legislative Threats to Public Lands


    Rain Garden Opportunity

    Rain Garden

     

    Have you been thinking about having a rain garden in your yard? Do you live in the Swamp Creek drainage near the I-5 corridor? This may be the opportunity you have been looking for! Find out more about this free-of-charge program.


     Get Your Property Certified!

    The Everett Backyard Habitat Program is now actively engaging community groups, government agencies, schools and businesses to encourage people to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and achieve certification as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

    If you have not yet gotten your backyard certified, your can download the application form here or read more about our program here.

    Special incentives are available to residents of Everett. FFor more information,
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    all or write to the program coordinator Jed Holmes: 
    360 421 8423; habitat@pilchuckaudubon.org.



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