Gerber Legendary Blades was able to raise over twenty-two thousand dollars though the sale of its new Bear Grylls Compact Scout knife over the course of the recent Shot Show in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the sale went directly to the Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council, which provides services and youth-development programs to families and community organizations in eighteen counties of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.
Berkshire East Ski Area and the Schaefer family recently hosted an event to mark the commissioning of the PowerWind56, the resort’s new 900kW wind turbine that makes it the first ski area in the world to satisfy more than 100 percent of its energy needs with its own onsite wind power generator.
By taking power production into their own hands, Berkshire East has stabilized their energy costs and dramatically reduced their carbon footprint. State and federal grants made the project possible, along with a loan offered by a local Greenfield Savings Bank. The supportive assistance from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center provided a total of $440,000 in grants to the wind project that paid for the turbine's feasibility study, design and construction.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has released a draft vision plan to guide the growth and management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Entitled "Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation" the document was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge Association and articulates a 10-year vision for the Refuge System.The last time a vision statement was articulated for the System was 1999, and the Conserving the Future process comes on the heels of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative to develop a conservation and outdoor recreation agenda for the 21st century. The Refuge System goes hand-in-hand with priorities identified through the America’s Great Outdoors national dialogue, including greater access to recreation and connecting a new generation of conservationists to the outdoors.
Each year in Tucson, the local retailer Summit Hut hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, and for the last few years a portion of the proceeds has been donated back to the store's local community in the form of grants. Last year’s grants were $2,000 each and this year Summit Hut accepted applications from 17 applicants.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its list of the top 50 partner organizations using the most renewable electricity (solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower) to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The AMGA, Access Fund, and American Alpine Club have prepared an advocacy strategy to propose ways to cut mountaineering program costs and generate alternative sources of revenue to support the mountaineering programs at both Parks.The strategy comes as a reaction to Denali and Rainier National Parks proposing substantial mountaineering fee increases. Denali National Park is proposing to raise mountaineering fees by 150 percent, from $200 to $500. Rainier National Park is considering raising fees from $30 to $58.