Environment

Quick Hits: Zombie Deer + Armadillo Invasion

By Kim Dinan | 26 Dec 18
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Chronic Wasting Disease in deer spreads to Tennessee Wildlife officials in Tennessee are implementing an emergency plan after at least 13 deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been diagnosed with chronic wasting disease (CWD). The disease is a deadly neurological disorder and is also known as “zombie deer disease.” In CWD the brains of…

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The Other John Muir Trail

By Brent Martin | 26 Dec 18
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In September 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, a wild-eyed 29-year-old man left Louisville, Kentucky on foot with little money, food, or plans. Only a few months earlier he had suffered a serious eye injury in a work accident. He was heading south on a botanical journey with an ultimate destination…

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Quick Hits: N.C. Senate Planning to Eliminate Conservation Funds + Federal Clean Water Rules Weakened

By Kim Dinan | 13 Dec 18
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A quick-moving State Senate Bill is threatening to eliminate two sources of funding for conservation organizations in North Carolina: the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF).

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Quick Hits: Patagonia Founder Donates Trump Tax Cut Profits + Tennessee Wilderness Moves Forward

By Kim Dinan | 12 Dec 18
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The Tennessee Wilderness bill moves forward thanks to ten years of grassroots efforts, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard donates over $10 million in Trump tax cut profits.

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Supreme Court Weighs Uranium Mining Ban in Virginia

By Mason Adams | 12 Dec 18
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For decades, uranium mining has been banned by state law in Virginia. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the state has authority to ban mining, or whether that power resides instead with the federal government. The case centers on the estimated 119 million pounds of uranium ore beneath Coles Hill, a private estate…

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‘Worst Possible Site’: SELC Sues to Protect Cumberland Island from Commercial Spaceport

By BRO Staff | 07 Dec 18
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Camden County, Georgia, is proposing to build a commercial spaceport that would launch orbital and sub-orbital rockets eastward over populated areas, including the Intercostal Waterway, Little Cumberland Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore. But according to litigation filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on October 17, 2018, the risks of the project have…

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Quick Hits: Beer and Climate Change + U.S. Soldier Makes Podium at Military World Climbing Championships

By Kim Dinan | 06 Dec 18
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U.S. Soldier Makes Podium at First Ever American Appearance at Military World Climbing Championships When First Lieutenant Tyler Casey flew to Mitterdorf, Austria to compete in the Military World Climbing Championships, he wasn’t expecting much. Casey, a Dallas, Texas native who began climbing while in college at the University of Arkansas, was the first American…

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Quick Hits: Exercise May Keep You 30 Years Younger + Seismic Blasts Approved for Atlantic

By Kim Dinan | 04 Dec 18
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  Exercise May Keep You 30 Years Younger A new study in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that exercise my keep you 30 years younger. The study took a look at a group of active men and women, many in their 70s, who have been exercising for decades and compared them to a group…

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BREAKING: Red Wolf Rule Delayed, Giving Wolves a Fighting Chance

By Will Harlan | 30 Nov 18
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced a delay of the proposed rule for red wolves because of the federal court ruling that found they had violated the Endangered Species Act in its management of the wolf. Red wolf populations have plummeted from 130 in 2006 to less than 30.

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Brands To Believe In

By Ryan Wichelns | 27 Oct 18
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BRO scratches beneath the greenwashed veneer to uncover the most environmentally conscious outdoor companies, including the brands that are most active in protecting public lands. The announcement blasted through the Salt Palace Convention Center’s speakers at a level that was hard to miss. By the third warning, it was clear what Outdoor Retailer and the…

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Common Ground: An Unlikely Revival Takes Root on Appalachian Coal Mines

By Will Harlan | 22 Oct 18
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The dibble bar is a strange little tool, a half-shovel, half-spade hybrid that could pass as a medieval torture implement. But in spite of its weirdness, the dibble is a wonderful tool for planting trees, capable of digging a hole in the soil and sealing a seedling into it in three easy moves: jab, pull,…

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VIDEO: Phantom of the Pines—The Future of the Florida Panther

By Kyle Ritland | 21 Oct 18
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This exclusive video highlights the extraordinary efforts to protect the Florida panther.

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Phantom of the Pines: The Future of the Florida Panther

By Kyle Ritland | 18 Oct 18
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It’s a story that might sound familiar— similar versions have unfolded with only slightly different characters. The species that we now call the Florida Panther used to roam throughout the entirety of the southeastern United States, but due to conflict with humans and our penchant for development, by the 1970s it survived only in a…

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92 percent want more of Pisgah protected

By BRO Staff | 04 Oct 18
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The public has expressed overwhelming support for more protected areas in Pisgah, flooding the Forest Service with over 20,000 comments in favor of stronger, permanent protections.

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The Elephants of Middle Tennessee

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 26 Sep 18
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The Elephants of Middle Tennessee

How did a farm south of Nashville become the country’s largest elephant sanctuary? Just before 8 a.m. on a Monday, Shirley stands in the middle of a field, using her trunk to sift through the brush on the ground. Her right hind leg bends out at an awkward, almost 45-degree angle, the lingering result of…

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