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A Wisconsin group criticizes two of its members of Congress, a new report says the Phoenix area cannot meet its groundwater demands, and Nevada's sporting community sends its priorities to the governor.

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The Senate aims to get the debt limit spending bill to President Biden's desk quickly, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes a campaign stop in Iowa, and a new survey finds most straight adults support LGBTQ+ rights.

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Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.

This Earth Day: A Chance to Reconnect with Mother Nature

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023   

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22, a chance to get out into the great outdoors and maybe even volunteer your time in service of Mother Nature.

All national parks are free on Saturday, as Earth Day kicks off National Park Week.

Anthony Castaños, land stewardship manager for the Save the Redwoods League, encouraged everyone to explore their local parks.

"Getting connected with your parks, feeling a little invested," Castaños encouraged. "Getting to know the members of your community really helps build support for more attention to these coveted landscapes that we want to make sure they're protected."

Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco all have large-scale festivals going on this weekend. Communities up and down the state are organizing local trash cleanup opportunities. The state parks website has a page dedicated to volunteer work, and the Sierra Club website lists local Earth Day events as well.

Castaños noted Save the Redwoods does its part by buying land to save it from development, then sending in crews to thin out the dead wood, so we're better protected from the next wildfire.

"We need to recover from centuries of fire suppression, the fuel buildup," Castaños explained. "Coupled with climate change, we're seeing each year, more and more severe high-intensity wildfires that we need to address, working with Native tribes."

Closer to home, you can celebrate Earth Day by going to the Cal Recycle website to learn ways your family can create less trash, cut down on food waste, and, of course, recycle.

Disclosure: The Save the Redwoods League contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Endangered Species and Wildlife, Environment, and Public Lands/Wilderness. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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