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[1THING] Blog: Archive for July, 2017

[ Let the sage grouse conservation plans work ]

It took nearly a decade of conservation efforts to protect the iconic sage grouse, its fragile ecosystem of over 350 species, and a billion dollar plus regional recreational economy.

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[ Every Kid in A Park program extended; 4th graders get free park admission ]

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[ Rep. Emmer’s mining bill would endanger the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness ]

Michael Reinemer

A hearing on this unnumbered bill is scheduled for Thursday, July 27 in the Energy and Minerals Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee.

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[ Time running out to keep Minnesota’s Boundary Waters clean—speak up today ]

Aug. 11 is the deadline for the public to weigh in on whether future mining should be allowed in the famed Boundary Waters’ watershed.

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[ Anti-public lands push takes aim at our wildest state ]

In the past, Alaska has been recognized as a font of natural resources and sheer beauty. Attempts to drill in the Arctic Refuge and build a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge show our wildest state is under attack like never before.

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[ Trump’s budget could kill an urgent coastal recovery project – and slam our economy ]

If economic growth and jobs are on the agenda, saving Louisiana’s coast should be a priority.

     
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[ Solar Eclipse 411 ]

SolarEclipseMarch20006Dreamstime 591x218A total Solar Eclipse is expected to cross the entire country on Monday, August 21, 2017  for the 1st time since 1918. As long as the weather cooperates, everyone nationwide should be able to view the Solar Eclipse as the Moon passes in front of the Sun causing a shadow on Earth and making it look like nighttime during the daytime. According to NASA the total Solar Eclipse will start near Lincoln City, Oregon 12:15 CST and end near Charleston, South Carolina around 1:48pm CST. It will last about 1 hour 40 minutes.  Plan ahead for taking the day off, or take an extended lunch hour on 8/21/17.

DO NOT EVER LOOK INTO A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE W/ YOUR NAKE EYE. It’s ONLY SAFE to look at the Moon when it’s FULLY BLOCKING the Sun.The only safe way to view it is is through a specialized filter. Eclipse Glasses have these, but you need to make sure they are the Real Deal.  If you’re not sure.. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE!  You can damage your eyes, even GO BLIND… NO JOKE!  You will know when you can look at the Solar Eclipse when you’re wearing the Eclipse Glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything. This is when you’ll know it’s safe to take them off for a quick peek .. then back on for your Eye Safety! 

Partial Eclipses can be observed indirectly by projection, in which viewers watch the Solar Eclipse on a screen. These can be easily constructed at home with  a few, simple materials – such as a piece of paper and cardboard box. Click here  to find out how to create a DIY Simple Card Projector to use during the Solar Eclipse. You can keep it, or recycle it when you are done. A special #1Thing for Mama Earth after watching an Amazing Show.

Whatever techique you decide to use, DO NOT STARE CONTINUOUSLY AT THE SUN! Take breaks and rest your eyes. Remember, regular sunglasses DO NOT protect your eyes well. Use the Eclipse GlassesClick here to find out more from NASA so you are prepared for Monday 8/21/17.  ENJOY SAFELY! 

No Glasses! No Problem! #GoMacGyver 

NASA shared the Total Solar Eclipse’s Path Across the U.S

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[ House to begin markup of renewable energy bill today ]

Alex Thompson

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee will begin marking up the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017 (H.R. 825).

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[ Find 1Thing with the National Park Foundation ]

Our sister Market Entercom Rochester chose the 1Thing Charity Organization Awareness of National Park Foundation for the month of August. We’re spreading the Love by sharing the Great word. There are many 1Things that can be done all across the country, and right here in ATX for our Parks! You can find a #1Thing here…  

NationalParkFoundationNational Park Foundation:

 “Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters – protecting these sacred places.”

About:

The National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts and wilderness adventurers

Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on the tradition of early park advocates, big thinkers, doers and dreamers. It works to keep trails clear, partners with collaborators such as the White House to get kids outdoors, and most importantly, raises and allocates critical funds to keep our national parks safe.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

John Muir, early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the U.S.

To learn more and support our parks, visit https://www.nationalparks.org/

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[ House budget aims for oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic Refuge ]

The U.S. House of Representatives has released a proposed 2018 budget that, if passed, would essentially authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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