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[ Vegetable Stromboli ]

What to do with the veggies in your garden? Here’s an idea.

Vegetable Stromboli

4 servings

1 large eggplant
2 medium zucchini
Kosher salt as needed
Olive oil for grilling
1⅛ cups warm water (110°F)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour or white bread flour
1 head of Roasted Garlic
Italian herb seasoning mix, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ teaspoon poppy seeds


Vegetable Preparation:
To make the vegetables, trim off the tops of the eggplant and zuc¬chini, then slice them lengthwise into strips, cutting them as thinly as possible (a mandolin may be helpful here). Lay the strips out in a single layer and sprinkle both sides of them with salt. Let the strips sit for 30 minutes (this will help remove some of the moisture from the vegetables)

Click here for the rest of the directions!


[ Vegan Red Velvet cake w/ Buttercream Frosting ]

I’ve run into several people lately who have brought up Red Velvet Cake.  I ran acrossed this recipe and thought I would share! Enjoy!  

This vegan-friendly recipe for red velvet cake, complete with the buttercream frosting, is the perfect finish to any meal.

8 to 10

For Cake Batter:
3 1/2 cups (440 g) unbleached all-purpose or whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons (9 g) baking soda
1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
2 teaspoons (9 g) cocoa powder
2 cups (470 ml) nondairy milk (soy, rice, almond, hazelnut, hemp, or oat)
2/3 cup (155 ml) canola oil
3 tablespoons (45 ml) red food coloring
2 tablespoons (30 ml) distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
Ground pecans, for topping (optional)

For Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup (112 g) nondairy, nonhydrogenated butter (such as Earth Balance), at room temperature
3 cups (300 g) confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons (8 ml) vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (30 ml) nondairy milk (soy, rice, almond, hazelnut, hemp, or oat) or water
Assorted food colors (optional)

Click here for directions!


[ Gardening Tips from the 1st Lady.. ]

 The ‘unofficial’ start of Summer is here. If you’ve been thinking about starting a garden, or working on sprucing up the one you have, maybe First Lady Michelle could help.  Her new book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”, is out. 271-pages that gives her gardening resume, how the garden came about at the Whitehouse, gardening tips, and how it all ties around being Mrs. Obama/First Lady Obama. The reviews are good on her book. Plus, it doesn’t hurt it’s out on an election year. Something to check out for some Summer ‘GREEN’  food fun!


[ Memorial Day and outdoor escapes – why we love LWCF ]


Memorial Day weekend is here!  Summer vacation starts now, and for many Americans (and certainly people reading this) that means getting outdoors and into nature. So it’s a good thing that Americans have so many places to get outside – more than 600 million acres of public land, and more 110 million acres protected as Wilderness. Many of those protected acres are because of a program called the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

We’re highlighting a few of the places that the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected.  Places like the Appalachian Trail, where the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped connect the full length of the trail.

In Mt. Rainier National Park, Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars are expanding the park.  This expansion will improve access for people, and improve habitat for spotted owls and Chinook salmon.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is responsible for some of the great places to get outside across the country.  Don’t take our word for it – check out what it’s done for your state

All this weekend on Twitter we’ll be talking about why we love the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Join the discussion with the #WhyWeLoveLWCF hashtag, and get outside and enjoy some of the places that are protected because of the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

And if you’ve already been out to a place protected by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, take a minute and sign our petition.  We want to make sure that Congress protects the Land and Water Conservation Fund, so that it can keep protecting wild places!



[ Camping plans for Memorial Day weekend… ]

If you are planning on enjoying the central Texas great outdoors by doing some camping, make sure you practice safety and responsible camping as far as not messing up the beautiful area that Mama Earth has supplied for us.  Click here for an idea for some things to bring with you, especially if you aren’t an experienced camper. (That would be me).
Here are some Green Tips to consider when you go camping:

– Bring a set of reusable dishes and flatware – ditch the disposables!

– Purchase produce for your trip from a local organic farm along the way!

-Try citronella candles and Avon “Skin So Soft” instead of toxic chemical insect repellants. Wear long sleeves and long pants at dawn and dusk when insects are most active.

– Save wildlife by keeping your campsite clean. Food left out will encourage animal visitors. Animals considered a nuisance may be destroyed. Never try to feed wild animals. They may become dependant upon human handouts.

-Be sure to set up tents in designated areas to protect native plant life.

– Stay on trails to protect habitat and avoid snake encounters. Snakes sense vibrations, so walking with a buddy or a group is not only wise, it will announce your presence to snakes who just want to avoid encountering YOU!

– Leave no trace! Pack out all your trash when backpacking. Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it!
Click here for more Green Tips!  Have a Happy, Fun and Safe Memorial Day weekend!


[ Diving into Español, rivers and outreach: The 411 on our first Public Lands Fellow ]


Fabiola Lao is the first Public Lands Fellow at The Wilderness Society.  Since June 2011 she has been based in the Los Angeles office working on the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign.

As her year comes to an end, and before she heads to the Sierra Club to continue working on San Gabriel Mountains Forever, Fabiola dished about her fellowship.

Q: You were born in Perú, but raised in Los Angeles. And you have both Chinese and Peruvian heritage. Did that help your work on the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign?

A: Los Angeles is a very multicultural city, and the campaign is reaching out to all potential users of the mountains – and that includes many Asian and Latino communities. I use my Spanish language skills very often, particularly when reaching out to the Latino community. I don’t speak Chinese, but so many of the visitors we see in the mountains are Asian. It’s pretty common to hear Korean or Chinese on the trails.

Q: Did The Wilderness Society jump on your translator skills?

A: Almost immediately!  I have translated web pages and press releases into Spanish, and suggested we use ‘Sociedad para la Naturaleza Silvestre’ as the translation for The Wilderness Society’s name.  And I have also been an interpreter at our San Gabriel Mountains leadership academy classes when some students spoke mostly Spanish.

Q: Speaking of Spanish skills, you did one of the first Spanish-only radio interviews for us?

A: Yes, it was for a public radio talk show in San Francisco back in the fall, and I talked about the congressional bill known as the “Great Outdoors Giveaway” bill.

With Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in Washington at Great Outdoors America week

Q:  To date, what are you most proud of during your fellowship?

A:  Probably two things.  The first one was going to Washington D.C. and being able to tell several Congress members how important it is to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area.  The second is organizing a community art show near La Crescenta, the town where I grew up, which is next to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Q: We also hear you really got your feet wet on a TWS river outing?

A: It’s true. I’m still learning how to paddle in white water, but I had a blast even if I flipped into the river during that Utah rafting trip…twice!

Prior to The Wilderness Society, Fabiola worked at environmental health and environmental justice non-profit organizations including Program Coordinator at the Breast Cancer Fund and Policy Analyst at the Latino Issues Forum. She has dual Bachelor in Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies (Public Health concentration) and Spanish Language and Literature from UC Berkeley. She also has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Caption Photo 2: Fabiola Lao with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in Washington, DC


[ Mahoosuc Touring Map goes wireless ]

Online and smartphone enabled map will help tourists and locals alike find outdoor adventure

Just in time for summer vacation, the Mahoosuc Touring Map is going digital – putting great local adventures at the fingertips of visitors and locals alike.  Find the map at www.mahoosuctouringmap.org.

The Mahoosuc region in New Hampshire and Maine is an ideal spot for hiking, paddling, horseback riding and other outdoor recreation. Just over 3 hours from downtown Boston, it’s a great way to get outside without the crowds.

“Visitors to the Bethel area have loved the Mahoosuc Touring Map as a printed piece – and we are excited that it is now available in a mobile application, and the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce has been happy to help with the development.  We will absolutely be utilizing this into the future,” shared Robin Zinchuk, its Executive Director.

The map features interactive links to popular local destinations, including YouTube videos, audio downloads.  There are also easy identifiers for popular features like fishing holes and scenic vistas.

“The Mahoosuc Touring Map is a great resource for families looking for new places to explore,” said Ann Ingerson of The Wilderness Society, one of the partners of the Mahoosuc Initiative. “Streamlining the map for smartphones and mobile devices makes it even easier for folks to get outside and enjoy nature.”

Local businesses will also benefit from the map, which includes outfitters and rental shops.

“People have just been grabbing these right up, they love ‘em. Most of our guests here at the Mahoosuc Inn are here for outdoor adventure activities and this map has it all!” said Mark Peabody, owner of the Mahoosuc Inn in Milan, NH. “Now that it’s on smartphones you can access this information anywhere. People can plan their stay while on their way.”

The map was developed by the Mahoosuc Initiative, in collaboration with Umbagog area, Androscoggin Valley and Bethel Chambers of Commerce.

Find the Mahoosuc Scenic Touring Map online at www.mahoosuctouringmap.org


[ BLM can balance conservation, oil/gas development in NPR-A ]

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (May 23, 2012) – As the federal Bureau of Land Management works to create the first land-use plan for the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the agency has a historic opportunity to protect some of the world’s most significant wildlife resources that sustain many communities in the western Arctic, according to The Wilderness Society.

“When Congress transferred these western Arctic lands from the Navy to the BLM, they recognized the need to balance protection of special ecological values while at the same time providing opportunity for oil and gas development,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska regional director for The Wilderness Society. “Many administrations from both sides of the political aisle have since recognized this need, and the Obama Administration should take this historic opportunity to do all it can to safeguard important wildlife and subsistence resources while providing opportunity for responsible energy development.”

In its recently released Draft Integrated Activity Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, the BLM is considering a range of options that include making some percentage of special areas with high ecological value unavailable for oil and gas leasing and opening the entire reserve to oil and gas development.

The Wilderness Society supports the draft plan’s “Alternative B” option because it protects ecologically important areas with exceptional wildlife and subsistence resources, such as Teshekpuk Lake, the Utukok Uplands and Kasegaluk Lagoon, among others, while allowing responsible oil and gas development in much of the reserve.  The plan also allows for the possibility of a future pipeline to carry offshore oil across the NPR-A, known to many as the Western Arctic Reserve.

“Alternative B is the only option that provides reliable protection of Teshekpuk Lake Caribou Herd habitat,” said Whittington-Evans, basing her position on The Wilderness Society’s extensive modeling of development impacts in the reserve.  The results of this modeling effort will be provided to BLM before the close of the public comment period on June 1. 

The BLM will be holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Anchorage’s Campbell Creek Science Center to allow the public to comment on the draft management plan. An open house will begin at 6 p.m.


[ Amsterdam: Hydrogen-Powered Efficiency ]

Laurens van Mulukom, a mechanical engineering student at Hogeschool van Amsterdam, talked about why hydrogen is “one of the most innovative fuels to work with,” at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2012 in Rotterdam. With this year’s competition that ended Saturday taking place on its home country’s soil, <a href=”http://www.h2a.nu/h2a-news/”>Team H2A</a> was proud to achieve a new Dutch efficiency record for a hydrogen vehicle. The team’s fuel cell system with supercapacitors propelled the vehicle 261 kilometers (162.1 miles) per kilowatt-hour. That is the equivalent of more than 2,300 kilometers per liter (5,460 miles per gallon.)

Hogeschool Amsterdam's H2A vehicle. Photo courtesy Shell Eco-marathon

Hogeschool Amsterdam's H2A vehicle. Photo courtesy Shell Eco-marathon



[ Saving America’s Endangered Rivers ]

Saving America's Endangered Rivers

2. Green River

Patrick DiGiulian of EarthShare member organization American Rivers talks about his organization's recent Most Endangered Rivers list along with his personal reasons for wanting to protect the nation's majestic rivers.


We all need clean water. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Fresh water is crucial to every living thing on our planet. Most of our drinking water comes from rivers. And rivers and streams also give us places to fish, boat and swim – not to mention homes for wildlife.

On May 15th American Rivers was proud to announce the 2012 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report. The report highlights ten rivers whose fate will be decided in the coming year, and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and the communities they support.

We chose the Potomac as America’s #1 Most Endangered River for 2012 because of the threat from urban and agricultural pollution. While the Potomac River is cleaner than it used to be, pollution is still a serious problem – and it could get much worse if Congress rolls back critical clean water safeguards.

As a DC resident, the Potomac is especially important to me.  I get my drinking water from it, on the weekends I enjoy running along the Billy Goat trail at Great Falls National Park, and when I have the opportunity I kayak and sail by the DC monuments.  It is amazing how much of my life revolves around one single source.

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year, the
Potomac – known as “the nation’s river” as it flows by the capital — is emblematic of what’s at stake for rivers nationwide.

Our president, Bob Irvin, said, “This year’s Most Endangered Rivers list underscores how important clean water is to our drinking water, health, and economy. If Congress slashes clean water protections, more Americans will get sick and communities and businesses will suffer. We simply cannot afford to go back to a time when the Potomac and rivers nationwide were too polluted to use.”

The America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is one of the best-known and longest-lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Each year since 1986, grassroots river conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers, consistently scoring policy successes that benefit these rivers and the communities through which they flow.

American Rivers reviews nominations for the report from river groups and concerned citizens across the country. We look at the significance of the river to human and natural communities and the magnitude of the threat to the river and associated communities. The report is not a list of the nation’s “worst” or most polluted rivers, but rather it highlights rivers confronted by critical decisions that will determine their future. The report presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river.

You won’t be taking action to only protect the places I love and depend on, but you will be protecting the safety and well-being of millions of Americans. 

Take Action to Help Protect These Rivers! 

Thanks for helping to protect our rivers and clean water!

America's Most Endangered Rivers® of 2012:

#1: Potomac River (MD, VA, PA, WV, DC)
Threat: Pollution
At stake: Clean water and public health

#2: Green River (WY, UT, CO)
Threat: Water withdrawals
At stake: Recreation opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat

#3: Chattahoochee River (GA)
Threat: New dams and reservoirs
At stake: Clean water and healthy fisheries

#4: Missouri River (IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY)
Threat: Outdated flood management
At stake: Public safety

#5: Hoback River (WY)
Threat: Natural gas development
At stake: Clean water and world-class fish and wildlife

#6: Grand River (OH)
Threat: Natural gas development
At stake: Clean water and public health

#7: South Fork Skykomish River (WA)
Threat: New dam
At stake: Habitat and recreation

#8: Crystal River (CO)
Threat: Dams and water diversions
At stake: Fish, wildlife, and recreation

#9: Coal River (WV)
Threat: Mountaintop removal coal mining
At stake: Clean water and public health

#10: Kansas River (KS)
Threat: Sand and gravel dredging
At stake: Public health and wildlife habitat

Learn more about all of America’s Most Endangered Rivers and find out how you can get involved.