News Release | Environment North Carolina

Congressional Budget Helps the Blue Ridge Parkway, Restores Parks Funding

Raleigh, NC-This week, U.S. House and Senate appropriators set funding levels for agencies like the National Park Service and finalized a comprehensive budget agreement.

Environment North Carolina’s Liz Kazal offered the following statement:

 

“I applaud U.S. House and Senate appropriators for their work on a budget that does much to protect North Carolina’s wild places and our water and air.

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Budget Cuts Threaten Future of Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville– As Congress deliberates on the federal budget, a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Smokies and other national parks and forests as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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Environment North Carolina to General Assembly: Restore Conservation Funds

Raleigh, NC – Today Environment North Carolina released a list of the top ten reasons the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding lands deserve protection from overdevelopment, logging, and other harms, and called on the General Assembly to restore conservation funds designed to protect the scenic biway.

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Two dozen businesses and conservation groups call on President Obama to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway

Raleigh-- Today Environment North Carolina and 23 other businesses and environmental advocacy groups called on President Obama to protect the Blue Ridge Parkway from overdevelopment and pollution by fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Read the letter.

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General Assembly Fails on Environment

Raleigh, NC—102 legislators earned a failing grade on Environment North Carolina’s annual legislative scorecard—a testament to the damage the General Assembly inflicted on the state’s air, water, and open spaces in their summer 2012 session. 

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Conservation advocates set five-year goals

A tight economy and cuts in state funding have slowed land and water protection efforts across North Carolina in recent years. But the state’s land trusts and conservancies have accomplished much since the founding of Land for Tomorrow in 2005 … and now they have ambitious – but achievable – goals for the coming years.

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Nearly half of all legislators score a “zero” on the environment

Raleigh, NC— A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single contested vote in favor of the environment in 2011, a reflection of the repeated attacks waged by the General Assembly on the state’s air, water, and open spaces last year.  

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This Earth Day, electeds and advocacy groups stand together for the environment

Raleigh--On the eve of the 41st Earth Day, with many of our core environmental laws under attack in both Raleigh and Washington, Environment North Carolina stood with U.S. Congressmen David Price and Brad Miller, along with NC Representative Jennifer Weiss, to speak out against these threats to North Carolina’s air, water, land and quality of life.

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House budget guts critical conservation programs

RALEIGH – State conservation and environmental leaders say that the impacts of the proposed House budget would be dire for the environment—eroding protections for air quality, rivers and streams, and green spaces statewide.

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

NC falls short of goal to protect 1 million acres

Raleigh--In ten years, North Carolina has permanently protected more than 640,000 acres of parks, forests, farmlands, and such critical areas as Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, and the banks of the Haw River.  Yet, according to a new Environment North Carolina study, the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to reach the million-acre mark by December 31, 2009.