Western Governors’ Association Supports Program to Redistribute Renewable Energy Royalties

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Western Governors' AssociationThe Western Governors’ Association has written a letter to the US Senate in support of legislation that would direct some of the revenue generated by renewable energy developments on federal land. These royalties would fund conservation efforts to protect hunting, fishing and water resources in the areas affected by the wind and solar developments as well as cover the administrative costs incurred by the state.

Prana Becomes a Bluesign Systems Partner

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PranaCarlsbad, CA – Prana formalizes their Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program by becoming a Bluesign systems partner. The partnership will help Prana identify like-minded partners in all aspects of the supply chain. Prana will feature new bluesign approved fabrics as part of their fall 2012 offering.

Evolv Partners With Caraway and Company

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EvolvBuena Park, CA – Evolv Sports announces Caraway and Company will be their new reps in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The Caraway and Company rep team will be working with Mason Daly who worked in-house at Evolv.

American Rivers and O.A.R.S. Spread Awareness of Endangered Green River

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green river raftingAmerican Rivers named the Green River, the largest tributary of the Colorado River, among American's Most Endangered Rivers, shedding light on a water pipeline proposal that has the potential to harm the river and its dependents. O.A.R.S. has joined American Rivers in opposition of the project.

The proposed building of a 500-mile long “Flaming Gorge Pipeline” that would send water from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range would divert 250,000 acre feet of water annually. According to O.A.R.S. and American Rivers, the project would injure the thriving recreation and tourism economy, rural agriculture, native species and urban water use downstream.

American Hiking Society Offers 2012 Trail-Building Volunteer Vacations

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AHS Volunteer VacationsThe American Hiking Society (AHS) has announced the schedule for their 50 trail-building getaways as part of their 2012 Volunteer Vacations program.

With a registration fee of $275 covering food, tools, park entrance fees, and a one-year membership with AHS, volunteers can choose from a wide range of projects, locations, and accommodations for their week-long trip. 

For newcomers, the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest trip in July offers indoor lodge accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. More outdoor-savvy volunteers in search of a rugged adventure may gravitate toward the Sawtooth National Forest trip in Idaho in August.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and Columbia Announce New Conservation Program

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Grassroots LogoIn an effort to recognize local conservation project as well as people who share a passion for the outdoors, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA) and Columbia unveiled the launch of their new Belay Program. The Belay Program is designed to provide the basic necessities to guarantee and safeguard local projects dedicated towards improving the environment. . Of the 30 applications that were submitted for the first edition of the award, the GOA selected 10 to be granted $5,000 in cash and/or product from the Columbia.

Youth Outdoor Legacy Fund Announces 2011 Grants

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In a continuing effort to further it's mission of getting more kids outdoor and assisting the volunteers who run programs to increase children's involvement, the Youth Outdoor Legacy Fund (YOLF) has granted $110,000 to 8 organizations in 2011.

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