Sierra Club http://wunc.org en Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness http://wunc.org/post/three-decades-north-carolina-wilderness <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan signed the North Carolina Wilderness Act which protected nearly 100,000 acres of wilderness in the state. </span><a href="http://comm.unc.edu/faculty-and-staff/faculty/j-robert-cox/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Robert Cox</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">, former president of the Sierra club, was instrumental in the law’s passage.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">He toured the state showing the following slideshow on the importance of wilderness. It was digitized by the North Carolina Sierra Club as part of the project,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ourwildnc.org/">Our Wild North Carolina</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AXFmKfBAVmk" width="560"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Of course, the North Carolina Wilderness Act was controversial at the time, just as many environmental issues are today. Human industry has historically locked horns with the rest of nature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Today, Cox is a professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studies the rhetoric of environmentalism and social change.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:54:25 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37561 at http://wunc.org Three Decades Of North Carolina Wilderness DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants http://wunc.org/post/denr-refuses-federal-water-quality-grants <p>North Carolina environmental officials have said "no" to a federal grant to check water quality in areas where fracking may occur.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.ncdenr.gov/web/guest">state Department of Environment and Natural Resources</a> says the money from the EPA would only pay for salaries of people brought in to do testing.&nbsp;<br><br>Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder says DENR doesn't need them.<br> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:14:46 +0000 Gurnal Scott 23050 at http://wunc.org DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants Group Sues to Block Billboard Rules http://wunc.org/post/group-sues-block-billboard-rules <p>An environmental group is trying to halt new rules that allow more vegetation to be cut around billboards that line the state's roadways. Billboard owners say the new guidelines are needed to preserve visibility. But the group Scenic NC has filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order on the rules, which go into effect today. Molly Diggins is the executive director of the <a href="http://northcarolina.sierraclub.org/">North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club</a>. She says the law allows clear cutting in front of the signs with no mandate for tree replacement.<br> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:10:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 3174 at http://wunc.org