Floodplain Executive Order: Latest Obama Power Grab

Anoth­er ille­gal action unlike­ly to be chal­lenged in court? Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans liv­ing and work­ing in flood­plains and oth­er low-lying areas are at acute risk of being inun­dat­ed – not by ris­ing water, but by a tidal wave of fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions – cour­tesy of the Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion. With pub­lic atten­tion riv­et­ed on the chaot­ic devel­op­ments in […]

Environmental Shakedown Through Bastardized Application of Science, Policy, and Education

Dis­grun­tled ex-fed­er­al employ­ees found a way to bilk tax­pay­ers out of mil­lions of dol­lars using the flawed Endan­gered Species Act Over a 3‑year peri­od, 2009–2012, Depart­ment of Jus­tice data show Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers foot­ed the bill for more than $53 mil­lion in so-called envi­ron­men­tal groups’ legal fees—and the actu­al num­ber could be much high­er. The real […]

House Bill Would Give Land Trusts Power Over Private Forestlands

Unsus­pect­ing prop­er­ty own­ers may find them­selves on the out­side look­ing in A seem­ing­ly innocu­ous, bipar­ti­san House bill intro­duced in late March could sub­ject unsus­pect­ing landown­ers to the whims of pow­er-hun­­gry envi­ron­men­tal groups, eager to usurp the prop­er­ty rights of those who fall into their clutch­es. At risk are own­ers of pri­vate forest­lands, who may soon […]

Shakeup at Virginia Land Trust Makes Waves

Now the fox is in charge of the hen­house! The abrupt depar­ture of a high-rank­ing offi­cial from the Pied­mont Envi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil (PEC) is fuel­ing spec­u­la­tion that the con­tro­ver­sial land trust is feel­ing the heat from rev­e­la­tions of its trans­gres­sions against a Vir­ginia farmer. Heather Richards joined the PEC in Sep­tem­ber 2006, ini­tial­ly serv­ing as director […]

How California Went Dry

Gov. Jer­ry Brown of Cal­i­for­nia is fired up about nail­ing his cit­i­zens to the wall, should they dare to use more than their allot­ted amount of water. On Sun­day, Brown said that those who did not take short­er show­ers would be pun­ished with fines of up to $500, in order to cut urban water use […]

News from North Carolina

I just received this attach­ment and the e‑mail that fol­lows my note here from the men in North Car­oli­na who are giv­ing their all to rid North Car­oli­na of the “red” wolves that have always been no more than hybrid dog/coyote/wolf mon­grels.  The name “red” is about as bio­log­i­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant as is “red” Dober­man. These […]

Buffalo as Metaphors

(METAPHOR, n. a fig­ure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to some­thing to which it is not lit­er­al­ly applic­a­ble, in order to sug­gest a resem­blance, as “A mighty fortress is our God”.) I have just fin­ished read­ing the lat­est fed­er­al EIS/Plan/Federal Reg­is­ter Notice/Request for Com­ments writ­ten by the US Nation­al Park […]

Bird nursery’ at risk unless half of Canada’s boreal forest preserved

Nature groups urge bird­ers to join cam­paign to ensure untouched for­est stays that way Lead­ing bird and nature groups are try­ing to save what they call North Amer­i­ca’s “bird nurs­ery.” They want the Cana­di­an and U.S. gov­ern­ments to pro­tect at least half of the con­ti­nen­t’s bore­al for­est from indus­tri­al devel­op­ment. The bore­al for­est is a vast […]