Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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The Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release on a federal judge's decision to approve re-opening a Uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park. The text of the press release appears below; see the full press release by clicking on the link above.

 

U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell denied a request to halt new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. The Havasupai tribe and a coalition of conservation groups had challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow Energy Fuels Inc. to reopen the mine without initiating or... read more

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Reprinted from Alaska Public Media:

Alaska Congressman Don Young has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary law governing fishing in federal waters. It leaves fisheries managers some
controversial wiggle room.

Previous versions of the law established eight regional councils and required them to set harvest limits based on science to end overfishing. The mechanism is known as the “Alaska Model” of fisheries management.

Young’s bill, though, introduces some flexibility for fisheries managers. Among other changes, it would allow councils to consider a community’s economic... read more

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How does the Watershed Center engage rural communities around climate change?

The Watershed Center’s mission is to promote healthy lands and communities. Our effort is to generate community-based solutions and programs of work that are informed by on-the-ground knowledge of the most essential issues facing the landscape in our region.

We are working to promote a culture of land stewardship that fosters our communities’ connection to the land and each other. By educating our local community about forest health, and engaging them in on the ground stewardship activities, we are able to communicate the... read more

Feeding Kansas: Statewide Farm & Food System Assessment with a Plan for Public Action was produced by the Kansas Rural Center through its three year “Community Food Solutions” initiative which seeks to advance the capacity of Kansas farms to feed Kansas people, thereby potentially improving Kansas’s economy, community, environment, and health status.

The report calls for the advancement of a “farm-to-fork” food system that better incorporates Kansas farms into the supply chain that provides healthful foods to Kansans. The report and its seven recommendations for action and policy change are the product of more than a year... read more

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