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Spring 2013 update

At Earth Island Institute we grow environmental leadership. Our 60+ projects tackle everything from climate change, to biodiversity conservation, to fighting plastics pollution and boosting food security, and employ a variety of solutions-focused strategies to protect the biological and cultural diversity for a sustainable future.

Read our Spring 2013 update and make a tax-deductible donation at: earthisland.org/Spring13 to help us provide grassroots environmental leaders with the tools they need to protect our shared planet.

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Earth Island Updates

Scientists Push Back on Misleading Forest Service-funded Study on Spotted Owls and the King Fire

JMP to Gov. Brown’s Tree Mortality Task Force: Snags Don’t Increase Fire Intensity.

It’s Sharktober: White Shark Surprises Surfers at Ocean Beach

Urban Bird Foundation 2016 Annual Report

Implications for Australia of a 1.5°C future

Articles on Sharks and Marine Conservation by David McGuire

In Memoriam: Paul Baer (1962 – 2016)

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Historic Gathering of Indigenous Leaders Champion “No Go” Areas for Sacred Sites at IUCN World Conservation Congress

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Earth Island Journal

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Award-winning environmental reporting, commentary, and analysis

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In This Issue

In the Pipeline’s Path
Appalachian communities oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

To Keep a River Running
In Brazil’s Amazon forest, one tribe stands against a mega-dam project.

Generating Controversy
A growing biomass industry could threaten US climate goals.

Meet the Brower Youth Award Winners

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Restoration Initiatives

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Funds dynamic community based restoration programs in Southern California focused on protecting and enhancing wetlands and watersheds.

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More than 65 projects working around the world to protect our environment.

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Celebrating a Big Win for Southern California Burrowing Owls

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We are proud to announce that Earth Island’s Urban Bird Foundation, in coordination with Sierra Club and Banning Ranch Conservancy, successfully prevented the loss of burrowing owl wintering and foraging habitat in the Banning Ranch area of Newport Beach, California. In a hearing on September 7, 2016, the California Coastal Commission upheld the coalition’s burrowing owl habitat protection recommendations and voted to deny the 895-home Banning Ranch development project on the Southern California coast. The project would have destroyed open space and eliminated acres of critical burrowing owl habitat in Orange County.

“Burrowing owls have been declining in parts of its range for decades, due primarily to conversion of its grassland habitat,” said Scott Artis, Executive Director of Urban Bird Foundation. “The owl is a California Species of Special Concern, has been virtually extirpated in some areas, and has even been the subject of a California Endangered Species Act listing proposal. And since the state of California is considered one of the most important wintering grounds for migrant burrowing owls it is imperative to protect the foraging and over-wintering habitat along Southern California’s coast.”

Since their grassroots movement began in 2008 as Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, Urban Bird has led the restoration of or helped restore open space and grassland habitat across the Western U.S. restoring 10,074 acres of bird habitat.

Read more about their incredible victory and their work in their just published Annual Report.

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