Protect the Desert Refuge

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The U.S. Air Force has issued a draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement (LEIS) that proposes to expand its use of Desert National Wildlife Refuge by 280,000 acres, and to give them “ready access” to refuge lands over which they already have secondary jurisdiction.  This move, if approved by Congress, would allow the Air Force to use over 1 million acres of the Desert Refuge for military training purposes, with no oversight from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

The Desert Refuge is home to approximately 320 bird species, 53 mammal species, 35 reptile species, and four amphibian species have been identified in the different communities on the refuge, as well as over 500 plant species. Species such as bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and desert tortoises call the refuge home and are dependent on the health and vitality of the refuge for their survival.

 

The Desert Refuge has been a cooperative partner with the U.S. Air Force at all times – this move to gain control of some of the most sensitive habitats in the nation is unnecessary and is a solution in search of a problem.

 

Shared management has been working for the Desert Refuge and U.S. Air Force for decades. Join us in calling for the U.S. Air Force to continue to work with the Refuge in a collaborative process and abandon these efforts to remove over 1 million acres of sensitive wildlife habitat from FWS oversight and management.

Marine Monuments

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) manages four vast marine national monuments containing over 380,000 acres as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. These refuges protect large stretches of the Pacific Ocean and provide habitat for millions of seabirds, deep-sea corals, sea turtles and endangered species like the Hawaiian monk seal.

  •  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  •  Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument
  •  Rose Atoll Marine National Monument
  •  Marianas Trench Marine National Monument

Beach Relocation Planning

A third collaborative, recreational beach planning workshop was held with local, state and federal partners in May 2017 to continue refining design concepts at the new recreational beach location, 1.5 miles north of the current recreational beach. Funding is currently unavailable. More materials available at FHWA Website: https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/va/chin-10/

Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in 'Historic' Climate Victory

'This is an historic victory for young generations advocating for changes to be made by government,' said 17-year-old plaintiff Shamus Miller.

Siding with four teenage plaintiffs and the environmental groups that backed them, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday ruled that the state has failed to fulfill its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Harris Isle Smiles Upon Assateague

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn*?

CHORUS:

Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we'll tak a richt‡ gude-willie-waucht‡,
fir ald lang syn.

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