A year ago this week, War was declared on America’s lands when President Trump signed Executive Order 13792. This unprecedented action put 26 National Monuments on the chopping block for review and possible reduction in size. The President had already appointed Ryan Zinke as Interior Department Secretary, and he became the point person for carrying out the executive order. Over the past year, Secretary Zinke has expanded the war on numerous fronts through his political appointments, his department re-organization fumbling, his shunning of wildlife management and sound science and his devotion to energy conglomerates and large-scale agriculture.
Dr. Al Segars just retired from SC Department of Natural Resources. He has seen up close the tremendous toll plastics have taken on marine mammals, sea turtles and fisheries. On behalf of SCWF he wrote this letter to legislators last week as they consider tying the hands of local governments and prohibiting them from placing restrictions on plastic debris. It is an extremely serious problem and gets worse by the day since plastics do not biodegrade.
Please contact your state senator and ask that he or she vote against the legislation that would tie the hands of cities, town and counties from doing what is best for their local citizens.
With the passage of a Conservation Bank re-authorization bill in the SC House of Representatives, we are a big step closer to extending the life of this state agency that has been the single most important factor in the preservation and conservation of some of our most precious natural resources. We are grateful for the overwhelming vote in the House today and especially for the leadership of Rep. Brian White and others who championed the Conservation Bank.
Check out our 2017 Year in Review video! Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors who make our education and conservation programs possible! SCWF's mission is to conserve and restore South Carolina's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. Please consider making a donation and helping us to continue, and to expand, these programs in 2018! Donate online through our secure giving portal here.
Your tax-deductible gift today will give us an important boost as we look to make 2018 the best year in our history! As we leave 2017, our hope for 2018 is that we can continue to grow more effective in boldly representing ALL outdoor enthusiasts. We have been working hard to plan for the new year, and those plans center around reaching new members of all types of backgrounds. We are working on debuting new events to bring supporters together, strengthening our forces and making us unstoppable in the fight for conservation and advocacy.
SCWF board member Calvert Huffines of Walterboro (center) recently joined Audubon South Carolina's Matt Johnson (left) and Conservation Voters of South Carolina member Tom Erwin (right) in Washington DC. They met with Senator Lindsey Graham, and also with staff from the offices of Senator Tim Scott, Representative Mark Sanford, and Representative Jim Clyburn. Topics discussed included our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and to selling of public lands for mining, and our support of full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
SCWF is part of a large coalition of National, State and Local groups that have been actively fighting oil and gas exploration and development off of our precious coast. We are vehemently opposed to drilling off of our coasts as it would lead to great losses of our fisheries and our tourist industry. Since seismic testing is the first step along the pathway to drilling and is itself harmful, we are also opposed to this harmful practice.
Read our op-ed in the Post and Courier about the act granting presidents the authority to designate public lands as national monuments.
Our public lands and waters are an American birthright and are the foundation of America’s $887 billion outdoor economy. Almost a dozen groups representing more than 100,000 sportsmen in South Carolina sent this letter to our senators and representatives in support of public lands across America. Please read and share.