Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear!

OK, I admit it. I’m a Smokey Bear fan.

What better way to celebrate Smokey’s birthday than to get out and enjoy our great outdoors, safely. The only thing better would be do do all that you can to preserve and protect our NC forests and parks. Think of a way to enjoy and celebrate Smokey’s 70th birthday anytime during the month of August.

Happy birthday, big guy…

Since his birthday on August 9, 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and protection of America’s forests. His message about wildfire prevention has helped to reduce the number of acres lost annually to wildfires, from about 22 million (1944) to an average of 6.7 million annually today. However, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Many Americans believe that lightening starts most wildfires. In fact, 9 out of 10 wildfires nationwide are started by humans. Wildfires sparked by humans are most commonly caused by campfires left unattended, trash burning on windy days, careless discarding of smoking materials, BBQ coals, and operating equipment without spark arrestors.

Smokey 70th

Love this short video!

Want to learn more about Smokey? Click below to rad about the history of Smokey Bear.

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 Finally, check out this interesting graphic showing images from Smokey over the years…

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Will NC State Parks closed to the public? – Take Action!

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear friends,

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Imagine you and your family head out for a summertime visit to a state park you’ve been wanting to visit for a long time.  Only to your dismay, when you finally get there, there’s a “closed for private event” sign by the entrance.

Couldn’t happen, you say?  Not here in North Carolina.

Well, it’s about to.

The McCrory administration is poised to issue the first-ever permit to rent the main attraction of a state park for exclusive use of a private group.  And this won’t be the only such permit–just the first.

We need your to help today remind the Governor and legislators who state parks belong to!

Here’s the backstory.

A provision was put in a bill at the legislature that would allow the Secretary of the state environmental agency to raise the speed limit in state parks. That might not sound like a big deal, but read on.

Political donors to the governor who own a winery in Surry County have partnered with a vintage car group to request exclusive use of the road on September 11 to the summit of Pilot Mountain State Park. If that’s not enough to get your goat, get this: the public would be shut out of our state parks for this event and others like it!

Click here to tell the governor and your legislators that our state parks belong to all North Carolinians, and they should be open and available to us. State parks should not just be available to those who can afford to rent them out.

Depriving the citizens of North Carolina of access to one of their state parks is a serious matter.  So serious, that if we are heading down that road, it should be properly discussed and debated, not snuck into a bill without explanation.

Click here to ask your lawmakers to stand up to the McCrory administration’s efforts to shut the public out of their state parks.

Thanks for standing up for our state parks and the right for all North Carolinians to enjoy them.

Cheers,

Zak Keith
Lead Organizer for the NC Sierra Club

P.S. – Our state parks should be available to the pubic, not rented out for exclusive private use. We need you to speak up on this now!

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Tell the EPA – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Fact Sheet & link to full plan:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

 

News articles on anticipated EPA proposed carbon rules:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-what-to-expect-from-obamas-big-new-climate-rules/

http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/files/pollution-standards-report.pdf

http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/nation-world-news/epa-readying-climate-rule-existing-power-plants-deadline-approaches

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/epa-power-plant_n_5356784.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-22/obama-divides-power-players-with-rule-utilities-accept.html

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/30/3442251/carbon-pollution-rule-attacks/

P.S. Want to submit a quick comment? Click on Tell President Obama and the EPA you support strong climate action!

Tell the EPA – Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Fracking is NOT part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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Tell the EPA – Nuclear Power is NOT part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Nuclear Power is NOT part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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Stop new offshore drilling in America’s oceans!

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Dear friends,

Tell the Obama administration to stop all new oil and gas leasing in America’s oceans!
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Four years ago, America’s worst oil disaster, the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed eleven people and gushed 210 million gallons of oil into the ocean.1 Today at least 14 species — including birds, fish and dolphins — are struggling to survive, and the once lucrative fishing, tourism and recreation economies of the Gulf have still not recovered.2

Not only does offshore drilling threaten our oceans, marine life and people, but increasing offshore oil drilling will also accelerate climate change. If we are serious about avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, we have to keep dirty fuels like oil and gas in the ground.

Despite this fact, the Obama administration is setting the stage for oil drilling in our oceans from the Arctic to the Atlantic over the next several years.

The administration is taking public comments now. We only have until July 31 to tell them to say no to new leasing for gas and oil in America’s oceans. Send your comment now! 

Offshore drilling will put people, marine animals and other wildlife at risk.

Last week, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved seismic testing in the Eastern Atlantic3 — testing that will deafen nearly 140,000 marine mammalsjust to determine if there is oil on the ocean floor! And as Shell Oil has already demonstrated with mishap after mishap, drilling in America’s Arctic Ocean is far too risky.5

The Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska’s Prince William Sound decimated orca, otter and fish populations, and 25 years later they have yet to fully recover.6

Our marine ecosystems cannot withstand any more oil spills. Our fishing and recreation economies may not survive any more oil spills. 

Tell the administration to say no to new gas and oil leases and protect our oceans, people and wildlife from destructive oil drilling!

When it comes to stopping offshore drilling, our past efforts to protect the Arctic Ocean have been successful due to strong support from people like you. We can protect all of America’s oceans if you take action now!

For the sake of our planet, the climate and future generations, we must stop offshore drilling, end our reliance on dirty fossil fuels and transition to a clean energy economy.

The administration can take a stand by starting with our oceans. Please, tell them to say no to future oil and gas leases today!

Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

P.S. After you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends and colleagues!

Register by July 31 for Our Wild NC Wilderness Challenge

The Sierra Club Explore Our Wild North Carolina program is an opportunity to get out and explore some of the great natural treasures in our state. You may participate in organized outings or on your own. The record is an honor system but please have someone at the site initial your record and tell them about the program. When you have finished all 14 areas bring the record to your local Sierra Club meeting or email to OurWildNC@gmail.com to receive your award.

To register and receive a free Wilderness Explore patch, sign up at http://www.ourwildnc.org/the-challenge by July 31st!

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For additional information, go to http://charlottesierraclub.org/outings/30-years-of-nc-wilderness/ and http://www.ourwildnc.org/.

Have a great adventure!

North Carolina Wilderness Areas:

Birkhead Mountains Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

Linville Gorge Wilderness

Middle Prong Wilderness

Shining Rock Wilderness

Southern Nantahala Wilderness

Swanquarter Wilderness / Lake Mattamuskeet Area *

Catfish Lake South Wilderness / Pocosin Wilderness / Pond Pine Wilderness /Sheep Ridge Wilderness / Croatan National Forest *

Craggy Mountain Wilderness Study Area

Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area

Overflow Wilderness Study Area

Snowbird Wilderness Study Area

* Due to limited accessibility, a visit and activity in any of these areas qualifies for the program.

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