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Take Action to Defend New England’s National Monuments!
by Jennifer Felt

We are at risk of losing something very special: President Trump wants to reverse the hard-earned protections for two of New England’s natural jewels – the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Your voice is urgently needed, and will make a big difference. For just a…

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CLF Joins City of Lawrence in Fight to Restore Historic Lawrence Canals

“The Lawrence canals are a core element of the city’s urban landscape, and the people of Lawrence deserve better than to see them neglected and allowed to decay,” said Rafael Mares, Director of CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice Program. “When you walk around the streets of Lawrence, you see a thriving community held back by this major blight in the heart of their city. Essex Company, LLC needs to take immediate action to restore the vibrancy and integrity of these canals, and if they refuse, we’ll be standing with the community, ready for the fight.”

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It’s a cleaner harbor, with fewer spots to enjoy it

We are at the dawn of another summertime in the city, and along Boston’s sparkling waterfront, ferries dodge porpoises and sleek boats glide through sparkling water and head for moorings in a harbor that once was — quite literally — an open sewer. If he closes his eyes, Peter Shelley can easily conjure up those…

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Barnum steps down as the Waterkeeper

Jeff Barnum retired Wednesday after nearly four years as the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation. “If I knew leaving was going to be this difficult I wouldn’t have quit,” Barnum said. He was joined by CLF’s new waterkeeper Melissa Paly, a longtime Seacoast environmental advocate and activist who lives in Kittery Point,…

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Trump Attack on National Monuments is Affront to National Heritage

“This Executive Order is an attack on America’s national heritage,” said CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley. “For more than a hundred years, presidents of both parties have used the Antiquities Act to protect our most treasured places. Attempts to change the fabric of our national monuments are unprecedented, and we will continue to fight back on behalf of these places that belong to all Americans. An attack on any monument is an attack on them all.”

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Exit 4 Farmland Saved From Development, Sold Back to Farmers

“Today’s agreement is a massive victory for all Vermonters who take pride in our state’s rich farming heritage,” said CLF senior attorney Sandra Levine. “When you pull off this scenic highway exit, you should be greeted by sprawling fields and colorful produce, not bulldozers and industrial parks. Thanks to the hard work of all parties involved, this valuable farmland will be back where it belongs – in the hands of local farmers supported by, and providing for, our communities.”

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Defending New England’s Only Marine Monument
by Peter Shelley

Last week, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by fishing industry groups who have challenged President Obama’s designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for Biological Diversity, and…