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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Public Lands/Wilderness

The Owyhee Canyonlands cover more than 2 million acres in southeast Oregon near the Idaho border. (Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Veterans, business leaders and outdoor adventurists from across the state have come together for a new campaign to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeast Oregon. The coalition Wild for the Owyhee is calling on lawmakers to permanently protect more than two million acres of land ...Read More

An event in Richmond will focus on conservation and trees. (Beth Little)

RICHMOND, Va. - A national conservation leader is coming to Richmond tonight to talk trees and other living things. National Wildlife Federation president and CEO, Collin O'Mara will address a Toast to the Trees event at Stone Brewing Company. The organizers will be giving out native dogwood and red ...Read More

Ideas for Kentucky's transition to a clean-energy economy are gathered at a public forum in Lexington. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Listening to the voices of Kentuckians about the Bluegrass State's energy future is the idea behind a series of six dinner conversations going on this spring across the state. Tonya Torp, who attended A Seat at the Table event in her hometown of Lexington, says the state has ...Read More

This Earth Day and advocates are pressing for federal protection for Gold Butte. (Friends of Gold Butte)

LAS VEGAS – Today is Earth Day, time for Nevadans to celebrate the natural world. This weekend, thousands are expected to pack celebrations across the state. Greenfest Las Vegas is being held Saturday in downtown Summerlin. Reno's Earth Day party takes place on Sunday in Idlewild Park. J ...Read More

Hunting and fishing groups are cheering the defeat in the U.S. Senate of an amendment that would have lifted certain EPA protections from smaller streams. (Montana Wildlife Federation)

HELENA, Mont. – Hunting and angling groups are praising the U.S. Senate for defeating an amendment on Thursday that would have blocked certain Environmental Protection Agency clean water protections on smaller streams and tributaries. The amendment to the energy appropriations bill would hav ...Read More

Conservationists say a steady funding source for the Land and Water Conservation Fund will help protect areas like the New River Gorge. (M. Ahmed/West Virginia Rivers Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - An important conservation fund, which had been threatened in Congress, is one step closer to permanent funding. For the first time, a dedicated money source for the Land and Water Conservation Fund has made it into legislation that passed the U.S. Senate. Angie Rosser, executi ...Read More

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Utah is calling on the Obama administration to designate the region as a national monument. (TimPeterson/Bears Ears Coalition)

MONTICELLO, Utah – A coalition of Native American tribes is calling on the Obama administration to designate the Bears Ears region of southern Utah as a national monument. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is seeking to protect the area, which the coalition says has significant cultural ...Read More

Red flags signal opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky. (KFTC)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Kentuckians opposed to re-purposing a pipeline to transport natural gas liquids are using Earth Day this week as a launching pad to increase awareness. The energy company Kinder Morgan proposes moving byproducts of gas drilling – such as propane, butane and ethane ...Read More

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