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For the first time, Congress will likely vote to gut a national wildlife refuge

Bill introduced by Massachusetts congressman fits into the larger, burgeoning threat of public land takeovers or sell-offs, which has swept through state legislatures and recently established a toehold in Washington, DC.

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House Committee approves dangerous bill that undermines the Wilderness Act

Anastasia Greene

The Wilderness Society will work to prevent H.R. 1349, the “Wheels Over Wilderness” bill, from becoming law.

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Trump admin reducing free-entry days for national parks

The National Park Service will offer four entrance fee-free days in 2018, down from 10 this year, part of the Trump administration’s pattern of reducing public lands access under the pretense of balancing the budget.

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Conference committee must remove Arctic Refuge drilling from tax bill

Tim Woody
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Rep. Keating’s bill to give away national wildlife refuge land would set a dangerous precedent

Michael Reinemer

Conservation groups from Massachusetts and across

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How Do You "Go Green"?

How do you GO GREEN?

Recycle paper, glass, and plastics
Use reusable shopping bags
Conserve water (turn off faucet when brushing teeth, short showers, etc)
Bike or walk instead of driving whenever possible

Green Tip of the Week

8 Tips for Green Holiday Celebrations


Americans spend billions celebrating over the holidays. This season, how about giving back to your local economy? Here’s some tips to save some time,  give back locally, and to the environment during the holidays.

  • Grow and Bake from Scratch. Start an all-season garden in your yard. Produce like sweet potatoes, rhubarb, and pumpkins are in season from late-fall to early-winter in most of the country.
  • Shop at a Winter Farmer’s Market. The  winter farmer’s markets means that much of your holiday meal can be found locally and in season. Buying locally not only puts money back into your region’s economy, but it also reduces your carbon footprint because the food doesn’t have as far to travel.
  • Look at Labels. If you’re shopping at a regular grocery store, look for stickers and signage that tell you where your produce is from – and if it’s organic – before you buy.
  • Decorate with Delight. Make garlands and wreaths from leftover construction paper, wild berries, fruits and nuts. Craft homespun centerpieces from boughs and pinecones gathered in your yard. Brighten up doors and hallways with holiday greeting cards. Trade decorations with friends or family to add a “new” flair to your home without having to buy new products. For lighting, use unscented candles and high-efficiency LED lights.
  • Cut Down on Waste. Use durable goods. These can be used season after season rather than throwaway plates, cups, flatware and napkins.
  • Get an Organic Turkey.  An organic turkey is one that is raised humanely without antibiotics. Check out LocalHarvest to find an organic turkey farm near you or consider purchasing a heritage breed.
  • Go Vegetarian. Holiday feasts are always an option, and we’re not just talking tofurkey – check out these delicious vegetarian menus from Gourmet.
  • Choose Green Spirits. A growing number of breweries and wineries are adhering to organic, environmentally-conscious practices and are working toward operating with 100% sustainable energy. Many parts of the country have local wineries that produce delicious, organic products each season. Look in your area for local wineries and inquire about their organic and sustainability practices.