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The chapter conservation committee is looking to chapter members to warn us of threats to trail corridors, scenic vistas, and vital ecosystems. Whether it's development, inappropriate resource managemnt, invasive species, etc.  that poses the threat, the chapter cannot help if it desn't know. If you are aware of an issue please contact conservation@amcberkshire.org

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Conservation News

Conservation News

Help Wanted

The chapter conservation committee is looking to chapter members to warn us of threats to trail corridors, scenic vistas, and vital ecosystems. Whether it's development, inappropriate resource managemnt, invasive species, etc.  that poses the threat, the chapter cannot help if it desn't know. If you are aware of an issue please contact conservation@amcberkshire.org

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Current Conservation Initiatives

Today's Most Urgent Conservation Issue The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the most important source of funding for conservation land acquisition in the nation. This 54-year old Federal program, funded with the proceeds from offshore leases, has provided billions of dollars for expanding and improving access to wild and recreational lands around the country, including many millions of dollars in Massachusetts. The LWCF is now permanently reauthorized by Congress after a nationwide advocacy effort. Permanently reauthorizing this program is a huge victory, and we thank Congress for its strong bipartisan action, but authorization without an annual appropriation is an empty victory. In the past appropriations have fallen far short of the authorized $900 million per year.

 

Right now, through Senate Bill S. 1081 and House Bill H.R. 3195 we have the opportunity to pass legislation calling for permanent full funding of the LWCF making it a reliable resource for preserving and providing access to the lands and sites we love and admire. Securing permanent full funding for the LWCF will provide assurance to willing sellers, planners and officials at state and local levels that there will be funds to secure our land, outdoor recreation economy, access to hunting and angling opportunities, water resources, and the historic and cultural sites we treasure.

To prevent the loss of our beloved natural and cultural resouces, and truly fulfill the promise the of LWCF we must get our legislators to bring key legislation to a floor vote in congress. Here is an action you can take today: Please contact the following Senators urging them to request the leadership to schedule a floor vote on S. 1081 and these Representatives to request Speaker Pelosi to do the same for H.R. 3195 for permanent full funding of the LWCF.

 

For another urgent matter see https://www.outdoors.org/conservation-action-network/rollback-climate-regulations 

 

Up coming Issues: - What can we do to preserve the Endangered Species Act?

                                 - Putting solar power installations where they the most good

 

For comments, questions, offers to help, contact: conservation@amcberkshire.org

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Senate Passes Land and Water Conservation Legislation

On February 12th, the United States Senate voted 92 to 8 to pass legislation that included permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ( LWCF). The LWCF, which is supported by a share of the income the federal government receives from off-shore oil and other leases, is the principal source of federal funds for land acquisition for parks and reserves as well as  for recreational developments. It had been in place for more than fifty years before it was allowed to expire last fall. The Senate vote for authorization was a top priority for the AMC and a host of other conservation and outdoor recreation organizations. The funding can be used at the federal, state, or local levels.

The next step in the process is for the House of Representatives to approve the measure, which appears near certain considering the very broad support the measure has in the House. Indications are that the President will sign the measure when it reaches his desk.

While authorization represents major progress, it takes an appropriation to make the funds available. The LWCF had been authorized at $900 million for years, but the funds actually appropriated each year have averaged less than half of that, so stand by to help in a major push for LWCF dedicated funding legislation, so that we ensure the full amount that goes into the fund is spent on conservation.

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Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Clean Power Plan Initiatives

Conservation is one of three important pillars at the AMC, next to recreation and education. The AMC is involved in a number of conservation initiatives from DC to Maine. Two pressing conservation initiatives for the AMC involve land conservation and clean air. Read more about these issues below and find out how you can get involved.

For fifty years the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been the country's principal source of federal funds for public land acquisition. It has supplied billions of dollars for national and state parks and other public lands as well as for park infrastructure, including a $100 million for Massachusetts. The fund was originally established in 1965 but is set to expire in September 2018. It is vital for conservation of critical natural resources that our legislators become champions for its permanent renewal. For more information see https://www.lwcfcoalition.com/lwcf52weeks/    and     http://www.outdoors.org/articles/blogs/conservation/savelwcf/ 
 

The Trump administration proposes eliminating the Clean Power Plan, which was put in place in 2015 to reduce emissions of greenhouse and other pollutants from power plants.  The comment period for this change in  EPA regulations ends on 12/15/17.  Comments are needed in support of keeping the Plan in place.  See http://www.outdoors.org/articles/blogs/conservation/clean-power-plan-rep...  and https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355-0002 
 

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Warner Pond

Warner Pond, just a few yards off Route 47 and bordered by Warner Hill and North Hadley farmlands, was a relaxing two-plus hour paddle last Saturday under a sun and puffy cloud blue sky. Swans with their cygnets, painted turtles, and a maze of blossoming Pond and Swamp Dock Lilies greeted us as we slowly meandered past a shoreline teaming with the signs and sounds of plant and animal life.

On our arrival, the Friends of Mt. Warner were launching their Annual Invasive Species Water Chestnut Pull. A couple of us joined in but it was a challenge to do from a kayak. Want to lend a hand? Contact Cynthia at cynthia_boethner@fws.gov or call 413-548-8002.

Great news about Warner’s dam restoration: Kestrel Land trust of Amherst announced that a generous donor is offering $25,000 dollars in support for Warner's dam restoration – if $25,000 dollars in matching donations can be raised. This is a wonderful opportunity to double your contribution. For more information please contact Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director, Kestrel Land Trust, 413-549-1097. ( Excerpts for the last two paragraphs from The Friends Facebook Site. )

We topped off our morning with noon hour freshly made sandwiches at the North Hadley Sugar Shack, just down the road. Their Maple Soft Serve is whipped up with maple syrup. Having shared a large, I was tempted to have another for the road home.

-Elbert Bowler

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