The familiar look of plastic bags tangled in trees or in bushes, floating in our bays and other waterways, washing up on beaches, or caught in storm drains has become a serious problem of global and local concern. The good news is Representative Deborah Hudson and several other legislators are sponsoring a bill that would help dramatically reduce plastic bag consumption and subsequent pollution in our beautiful coastal state!
The Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Control Committee hearing on April 20 brought out the youth voice for wildife protection and the sound management of ecological systems. Numerous Delaware kids spoke out to oppose HB 25, which would list the Gray Fox as a game animal, direct DNREC to establish hunting regulations, and allow for the sale of hides in Delaware.
We submitted the following testimony into the public record at the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Control Committee for HB 25 Gray Fox on April 20, 2015.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club opposes HB 25, the listing of the Gray Fox as a game animal in Delaware, the initiation of hunting regulations for the Gray Fox, and the sale and trade of Gray Fox hides in Delaware.
This bill places native wildlife needlessly at risk.
Sunday, September 7, 2014,
Meet at 9:00 am at the Smith Mill Road parking lot off of Paper Mill Road.
This moderate 2.1 trail will cross meadow and pass through a mature hardwood forest of maple, oak, and poplar over a packed earth surface. On the outer loop, we will traverse an area of reforestation and witness early forest succession. We will take the Post Mark Trail cut-off to see the "Post Marked West" monument marking the location where the famous survey team started the well-known Mason-Dixon Line that runs for more than 200 miles due west from this point.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, Meet at 9:00 am at the Area 4 parking lot, first lot to the right past the Nature Center. The 6.5 mile hike on relatively flat terrain will take you around the pond skirting wetlands and forest thickets. There will be an entrance fee for anyone who doesn't have a State Park yearly pass. Hikers are invited to join Mark for lunch at Stewart's Brewing Company in Bear after the hike.
THE BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE TPP:
● The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an expansive trade pact being negotiated between countries in the Pacific Rim, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Eventually, every Pacific Rim nation may be included.
● Like other trade pacts, the Trans-Pacific Partnership includes provisions related to the environment, labor, agriculture, access to medicines and more.
Feb 6, 2013: One of the best performance indicators of sustainability and quality of life is our ability to maintain a high standard of living without causing the extinction of other species. When data indicates that we are failing to coexist with other species, we must take efforts to ensure their continued existence, as it is clear that we are not maintaining a sustainable environment for these species or for ourselves.