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April 29, 2016 | Blog Post

Five (True!) Tall Tales About Trees

Approaching its 150–year anniversary, this year’s Arbor Day falls on April 29. The tree planting festival began with Julius Sterling Morton, a pioneer who in 1852 settled on the then-treeless plains of Nebraska.

April 29, 2016

Emily Jacke

Emily Jacke is a Development Assistant at Headquarters in San Francisco.

April 28, 2016 | Blog Post

Congress Begins Pushing ‘Poison–Pill’ Riders Once Again

Spring has come to Washington, D.C., and the congressional appropriations process—the process by which the government is funded—has emerged from hibernation after last year’s budget deal. The year began with calls from both the Senate and the House of Representatives for “regular order,” which long ago meant getting all of the budget bills that fund different parts of the government completed on time and signed into law individually.

April 28, 2016 | Blog Post

Committing to Clean Up Their Own Messes

For decades, communities across the nation have been exposed to toxic waste due to irresponsible industrial management of toxic chemicals. The so-called “Superfund law of 1980 was enacted to ensure there would be money in place to clean up these industrial messes, but funding often ran dry, leaving the burden of clean-up on the shoulders of taxpayers.

April 28, 2016 | Blog Post

Forty Years of Waiting to Save the Last Wild Lobos

On April 28, 1976, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Mexican gray wolf for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The highly intelligent, social animal was once a mainstay of the American Southwest. Sadly, the decision to protect it came a little late for the lobo. The livestock industry, hunters and government agents had already all but exterminated the species in the Four Corners states. But there was still a glimmer of hope, south of the border. A few of the species remained in Mexico.


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