Priscilla Brooks

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Monuments on Paper Only?
by Priscilla Brooks

National monuments without protections from commercial activities won’t do what they’re meant to do – comprehensively protect our natural, scientific, and cultural treasures In late August, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted to President Trump a report on his summer-long, unnecessary “review” of 27 of America’s treasured national monuments, including two of the newest: the Northeast…

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Cashes Ledge: The Next Chapter for Protecting New England’s Ocean Treasures
by Priscilla Brooks

Soon, President Obama will close his eight years in office with a strong ocean legacy. He will be remembered for having protected more square miles of ocean than any president before. His administration created new marine sanctuaries, expanded Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and of course, designated the first such monument in the Atlantic, the Northeast Canyons…

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Beyond Cape Wind: New England’s Clean Energy Future is Now
by Priscilla Brooks

Earlier this month, Cape Wind filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision denying the company’s request for an extension of permits enabling the connection of the proposed offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid. This is the…

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President Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Protected Area
by Priscilla Brooks

President Obama announced today a massive expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii, more than quadrupling the size of the existing monument and thereby creating the world’s largest marine protected area. We’re grateful for the hard work of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), a real ocean champion who helped rally the…

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The Northeast Regional Ocean Plan: What You Need to Know (and How to Take Action)
by Priscilla Brooks

Recently, the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) released a draft of the Northeast Regional Ocean Plan, a groundbreaking document that will guide future decision making about how we manage ocean resources in New England. The RPB, comprising representatives from each New England state, six federally recognized tribes, nine federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management…