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Help Stop Clearcutting of Rare Wildlife Habitat

The 2013 Rim Fire created 32,910 acres of “snag forest habitat”, which results from higher-intensity fires occurring in mature conifer forests. As EII’s John Muir Project notes, snag forest habitat – where most or all of the mature trees are killed – is some of the best habitat available for wildlife. It is rarer and more biodiverse than an old growth forest and yet is the least protected of all forest habitat types. Imperiled wildlife species like the black-backed woodpecker, currently petitioned for listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act, depend on snag forest for their survival. Yet the Stanislaus National Forest is proposing to log nearly all (about 29,648 acres) of the snag forest habitat on this forest. Please e-mail the Forest Service by Monday January 6, 2014 and tell them to protect this habitat and leave the Rim fire area unlogged and natural! For more information contact JMP director Chad Hanson.

Thursday January 2, 2014

A Holiday Killing Derby

On the 40th anniversary the Endangered Species Act – our nation's safety net for wildlife – a hunting contest targeting wolves and coyotes kicked off in Salmon, Idaho. Despite the best efforts of EII's Project Coyote and allies to stop the kill fest by bringing international attention to the issue, the “1st Annual 2 Day Coyote & Wolf Derby,” took place over the holiday weekend. The derby is thought to have been the first statewide competitive wolf shoot in the US since 1974, when gray wolves were granted protection under the ESA. Contestants killed 21 coyotes and wounded many others that were left to die. No one managed to kill a wolf though. Project Coyote helped generate thousands of emails and letters to federal and state agencies and to the killing contest sponsors. At least one company, NAPA Auto Parts pulled their sponsorship of the event. The negative publicity has had some impact. Idaho for Wildlife, the "derby" organizer, has said that it’s “unlikely” that it will hold a similar event next year." Project Coyote remains committed to ending predator-killing contests nationwide. Read more here.

Thursday January 2, 2014

Catch RATS on BART

EII’s RATS – Raptors Are The Solution – was founded on the belief that if people understand the collateral damage to wildlife, pets, and children from the use of rat poison, they will make better choices. But what is the best way to get the message across? When RATS was created, its founders debated becoming the "bleeding hawk project," to show people the reality of the suffering these poisons are causing. But they quickly realized that focusing on positive messages and image of the gorgeous birds of prey and other wildlife that offer us so many ecological services was a better plan. That is why they've designed their public transit campaign around amazing images of raptors – showing them doing what they're best at. This month, watch for RATS banners and posters at the San Francisco Montgomery Street BART station.

Thursday January 2, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only dispatches from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Happy Birthday, Dear Endangered Species Act. Kimberly Delfino, California program director of Defenders of Wildlife writes about the landmark legislation has defined America’s commitment to wildlife conservation since December 1973.

Editors’ Pick: New Greenhouse Gas Discovered. Perfluorotributylamine, the latest greenhouse gas to be discovered, is 7,100 times worse than CO2, reports Journal intern Jacob Shea.

Thursday January 2, 2014

Dear IslandWire reader,

Something that one of our project directors said recently got me thinking about the importance of Home.

In a dispatch for Earth Island Journal’s website, Shadia Fayne Wood – director of Earth Island’s Project Survival Media and a 2004 Brower Youth Awards winner – shared an uplifting account of the Power Shift 2013 youth climate summit. She wrote:

“We are finding the true meaning of ‘home’ in the hearts of our sisters and brothers in the fight for climate justice. We are discovering the true meaning of ‘solidarity’ by creating an intersectional movement not bound by a single issue, but instead forged by our values.”

Inspirational stuff. And a great example of exactly what we do here at Earth Island Institute: Create a home for environmental leaders.

With your financial support we can continue to give grassroots visionaries the assistance they need to protect our environment and health.

Sixty-five project directors – positive, solutions-focused, committed individuals like Shadia – have found a home for their grassroots environmental advocacy projects with us. Please read my 2013 year-end letter to learn more about how we support a network of organizations working on a wide array of crucial environmental issues.

Member support keeps us innovating. Your gift today will help us grow environmental leadership in the new year!

Sincerely,

John A. Knox

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Executive Director

PS: For donations of $40 or more you will receive a copy of the book The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower.

Thursday December 19, 2013

Meat Without Murder

The latest edition of Earth Island Journal is hot off the presses. Our Winter cover story, “What’s the Beef?” examines the pros and cons of lab-grown meat and asks whether people will be able to stomach meat from a test tube. We also have a wonderful piece of outdoor adventure journalism about the threats to Utah’s Green River. Plus, a conversation with food journalist Michael Pollan and a debate about Peak Oil. Please become a subscriber today and support our unique style of environmental journalism.

Thursday December 5, 2013

Time to Stop the Government’s Animal Killing

This week Project Coyote and allies petitioned the Obama administration to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds, and other animals each year. The secretive killing – which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps – has gone on for decades with little public oversight. “We call on the USDA to bring Wildlife Services into the modern era of predator conservation and stewardship by adopting rules that allow for public input and the integration of ethics, economics and science-based ecology,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. A response to the petition is required by law. Learn more here

Thursday December 5, 2013

Take a Cruise with Ric O’Barry

The International Marine Mammal Project is hosting a holiday season charity auction to raise money to support its campaign to end the killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. You can bid on a private cruise with activist Ric O’Barry, surfing lessons with Laird Hamilton, along with art, jewelry, and wonderful getaways. Make a bid today and help the effort to Save Japan Dolphins.

Thursday December 5, 2013

Travel in Good Conscience

This week Ethical Traveler announced the countries that made its annual list of the Ten Best Ethical Destinations. Countries are measured by their environmental policies, social welfare, and human rights standards, including the treatment of gays and lesbians. The 2014 list includes some longtime favorites – Lithuania, Palau, Cape Verde – plus some new ones. Review the entire ethical destinations list here.

Thursday December 5, 2013

Stopping Food Waste

On November 10, Food Shift was announced the winner of the Ford Community Green Grant at the San Francisco Green Festival. Selected as one of only five finalists to compete in the vote-based contest, Food Shift received more votes than any organization in any previous Green Festival. Also, Food Shift has the potential to win 7 percent of net profits from Design with Benefits, an online store featuring clever products made with social and environmental benefits in mind. You can support the group by visiting the site, clicking on "Food Shift: Ending Food Waste,” and then voting. Thanks for the support!

Help us grow environmental leadership. Become an Earth Island Institute member today. Read our year-end update to learn about all of our accomplishments this year.

Thursday December 5, 2013

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only dispatches from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Anti GE Tree Activists Kicked Off Florida University Campus, Spied on by FBI: Journal managing editor Maureen Nandini Mitra uncovers how GMO critics were hounded off of a college campus.

Editors' Pick: A New Virus is Attacking North America's Wild Turkey Populations. In this Thanksgiving week special, reporter John Soltes explores a new threat to wild turkeys.

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Thursday December 5, 2013

Resilient Communities

Bay Localize is excited to announce that its work has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation as one of the reasons it chose the City of Oakland as part of its “100 Resilient Cities Challenge.” This is big news for Bay Localize as it continues to train more 1,000 local leaders in Community Resilience Workshops. Bay Localize is honored by this recognition, and is working hard to cultivate support to continue its community outreach work to build resilience with social equity.Please support Bay Localize today.

Thursday December 5, 2013

Raise Your Voice for the Wolves

On Monday Earth Island Journal ran a story about a Facebook photo (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE) of wolf hunters wearing KKK-like masks and posing with a dead wolf in front of an American flag. The photo, wrote reporter James William Gibson, is yet more evidence that wolf hunters have fallen deeper into their paranoid fantasy that the wolf represents a liberal conspiracy against rural communities. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now planning to remove federal protections for gray wolves through most of their historic range. The agency is accepting comments on the delisting proposal rules until December 17. Write to USFWS today and let our officials know that it’s time to stop this cruel and unnecessary slaughter!

Thursday October 31, 2013

Call for Artists

EII's WhollyH2O invites artists to share their visceral experiences of the Tuolumne River Watershed and the use of the river’s waters in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Selected art pieces will be displayed at a mixed media art show, “Standing with the Watershed,” in downtown San Francisco from December 5. The exhibit aims to celebrate the watershed and its inhabitants in all forms. Submissions are due Nov. 11. Details here.

Thursday October 31, 2013

A Night to Remember

Thank you for joining the Earth Island Family at the 14th annual Brower Youth Awards and helping us make it a resounding success. If you missed it, you can experience the night through photos from the awards reception and ceremony on BYA’s Facebook page. Congratulations again to this year's incredible, deserving winners – Alex Freid, Amira Odeh, Arielle Klagsbrun, Cassandra Lin, and Jonathan Ferrer. Please continue to support our New Leaders Initiative's efforts to grow environmental leadership via  by making a tax-deductible contribution today!

Thursday October 31, 2013

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