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[1THING] Blog: Archive for December, 2015

[ Bid a Fond Farewell to Your Christmas Tree–The RIGHT Way ]

Christmas Tree Recycling

As the holiday season draws to a close and the kids make the most out of the final days of winter break, some are finding that evergreens aren’t actually green forever.  Particularly when cut down and brought into your home.  Whether you celebrate with a Christmas tree, Yule log or Hanukah bush (turns out it’s a thing), it has probably started depositing needles on your rug…and you might have noticed it looking a bit more fire-hazardy of late.  But before you drag your holiday greenery out to the curb, consider tying it to the roof of your car one more time and bring it to Georgia’s “Bring One for the Chipper” event.  In the last 25 years, this tree recycling event, organized by Keep Georgia Beautiful, has processed an estimated 6 million trees.  Your tree will get new life as playground mulch, government beautification projects and more!

To find out where you can recycle your tree free of charge, visit the “Bring One for the Chipper” webpage at http://www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org/bring_one_for_chipper.asp


Photo: Untitled by Franklin Heijnen is licensed under CC BY 2.0/Cropped from original.


[ Renewables permitted on public lands surpasses hydropower ]

Recently, an important milestone was reached: renewable energy projects approved on public lands in the past six years will, when built, produce more energy than all of the hydropower projects created in the past 100 years—including the Grand Coulee and Hoover d


[ Statement on the Wilderness Society’s 2015 CAPE awards recognizing BLM efforts ]

Jennifer Dickson

The following statement is from Nada Culver, Senior Director for Agency Policy:


[ How to give mutual funds to The Wilderness Society ]

Dec 21, 2015

Thank you for considering a gift of mutual fund shares to The Wilderness Society!  Making a gift of appreciated assets is a wonderful way to support our critical work to protect our nation’s natural heritage – and it’s easy!  Please note that gifts of mutual funds tak


[ Milestones in conservation of our public lands celebrated in annual Comparative Analysis for Performance Excellence (CAPE) awards ]

Over the past year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come a long way in modernizing the way public lands are managed.  The Wilderness Society’s annual Comparative Analysis for Performance Excellence (CAPE) awards acknowledge the work the agency has done from protecting places wh


[ CAPE awards 2015 ]

Dec 21, 2015

This year the Bureau of Land Management moved to finalize some important plans that solidify the agency’s new approach to public lands management – one that reimagines multiple use management to truly encompass the many uses of our public lands, from wildlands conservation to recreat


[ IRA sample letter (PDF) ]

Dec 20, 2015

Sample letter to IRA administrator to request a direct charitable distribution from an individual retirement account to The Wilderness Society.


[ Wilderness Society Statement on Final Passage of Year-End Budget Deal ]

Kate Mackay

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement on the heels of House and Senate passage today of the omnibus budget package, which now goes to President Obama for signature.  

[ Land & Water Conservation Fund saved for the short term ]

Temporary reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was passed as part of a federal appropriations bill that will fund our government for the coming year.


[ Wilderness Society Disappointed by Budget Deal that Fails to Permanently Renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund ]

Michael Reinemer

“The congressional budget deal announced tonight is a disappointing mixed bag for America’s land, water and parks.  Handed a huge opportunity to do right by the Land and Water Conservation Fund after allowing it expire in September, Congress snatche