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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New York State bucks the Natural Gas Fracking craze and bans the practice.............Farmland, Forest, groundwater, rivers, lakes and streams spared the millions of gallons of pollutants that the Fracking process requires to extract natural gas from the ground..........The Wildlife of the Empire State continue to get a chance to recover and expand their numbers with this industrial development now banned.

From: Catskill Mountainkeeper []
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:54 AM
To: Meril, Rick

Catskill Mountainkeeper



rick --


Governor Cuomo announced

 today that he will ban 

high-volume hydraulic


in New York State. 

We are so proud to be New Yorkers! Thank you
 Governor Cuomo for putting the people of 
New York and their interests above the
interests of the gas industry.
After looking at the science on fracking, th

e Acting Commissioner of Health, Howard
 Zucker concluded what residents across 
New York have been saying for years. 
 When advising the Governor, Zucker 
stated "Would I live in a community that 
would allow fracking? The answer is no."

At the same time as New York State takes

 this powerful stance against the fossil 
fuel industry, it has also made major moves 
to support a green economy by investing
 in renewable energy, micro grids and 

Just last week, Catskill Mountainkeeper's 

Renewable NY initiative was awarded a
 grant to bring community solar campaigns
 to the Southern Tier, Catskill and Hudson 
Valley regions.

With climate change likely to be THE

 issue of our time, we applaud Governor 
Cuomo for being a true leader. New York
 State can show the nation what is possible.
 Together we can lead a just transition to
 an economy based on efficiency and
 clean, renewable energy. 

Please join us in sending

 a HUGE thank you to

 Governor Cuomo, Acting

 Commissioner Zucker and

 Commissioner Martens. 

Governor Cuomo: 866-584-6799

Acting Commissioner Zucker:


Commissioner Martens: 


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