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The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) recently announced that Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is a finalist for the 2008 Outdoor Industry Ambassador Award. Each year, the OIA Award recognizes a company that has made significant and ongoing achievements toward the growth of participation in outdoor activities.

BAWT’s mission is simple: to provide Bay Area youth service organizations with professional wilderness-leadership training and quality outdoor equipment, so these adult leaders may safely lead youth in exploring the power and beauty of California’s wilderness. Since 1999, BAWT has served over 5,000 youth.

Bay Localize recently released the report “Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops,” which assesses the feasibility of rooftop development in the San Francisco Bay Area through an in-depth case study of a neighborhood in downtown Oakland.

The report’s most compelling findings shows that the study area — which contained 743 buildings and totaled 0.25 square miles — could generate 1.9 million gallons of irrigation water from rainwater harvesting, produce 11.6 million kWh of solar electricity, and harvest 124 metric tons of vegetables per year!

Download a pdf of the report at

Earth Island Institute welcomes three new projects! South Coast Habitat Restoration will manage habitat protection, conservation, restoration, and outreach projects in the Santa Barbara and Ventura region. Its goals are to foster community support and obtain public and private funding to improve habitat for wildlife.

China Rivers Project will protect China’s river heritage for people and wildlife and foster river-based recreation in China. The group envisions a future where healthy rivers form the core of healthy, sustainable communities, and where the beauty and diversity of China’s rivers can continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. For more information, see

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The new Earth Island project Big Wildlife bills itself as top carnivores’ best public relations firm.

Big Wildlife was formed in 2006 to provide a voice for top North American keystone species such as cougars, bears, coyotes, and wolves. By providing campaign leadership, empowering grassroots, broadening the base of support for wildlife, and educating others, Big Wildlife has become wildlife’s top public relations firm. Big Wildlife offers campaign, training, and media services to individuals and organizations devoted to saving North America’s carnivores. To learn more go to:

Reef Protection International is pleased to announce that the Web site companion to the groundbreaking Reef Fish Guide, a pocket handbook for the marine aquarium hobbyist, is now online on the RPI Web site ( The Web site companion will provide aquarists with information about each fish represented on the Reef Fish Guide and provide additional information, including reasoning for “Take it Home” and “Keep it Wild” designation and care requirements. Please visit the RPI Web site to download your own Reef Fish Guide and learn how to responsibly choose and care for marine pets.

The 2008 Brower Youth Awards is looking for outstanding youth leaders with the power and persistence to create environmental change. Six winners will be awarded $3,000 each and brought to the San Francisco Bay Area for a week of media and public outreach, leadership support, and recognition at an awards ceremony. Apply before May 15 at Call Sharon at (415) 788-3666 x160 for more information.

Come up with an idea to help protect the planet! We’ll give you the support you need to launch your idea, including up to $1,000. Plus, five grand prize winners will get a free trip to the University of Florida for an environmental boot camp! Check out the Youth Venture-Lorax Challenge at

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