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Soaring with eagles. Republicans don’t hate the environment. Aldo Leopold vs. Don Young vs. wolves. Victory for the ocean. It ain’t over! I-526 redux, again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Folks, We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle. The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.)  Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…

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Statement on Automatic Stay Vote

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT Dana Beach – (843) 853-7388 – Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – For Immediate Release March 9, 2017 Statement on South Carolina Senate Vote on the Automatic Stay CHARLESTON, S.C. – In response to a vote in the South Carolina Senate on the automatic stay, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement: “The South Carolina Senate has made it vastly more difficult for citizens to challenge government decisions that could irreversibly…

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Statement on Anti-Home-Rule Bill Vote

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT Katie Zimmerman – (843) 725-1292 – Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – For Immediate Release March 7, 2017 Statement on Anti-Home-Rule Bill Vote CHARLESTON, SC – In response to a vote ending discussion this year of a bill that would preclude local governments from addressing the pollution problems associated with disposable plastic products, Coastal Conservation League Air, Water, and Public Health Director Katie Zimmerman issued the following statement: “Today’s vote reaffirms the commitment of the South Carolina…


Leadership and technology. A circular plastic economy. Sheep farmers or the Enlightenment. Acidic oceans. Sun shingles. Moving on! The news of my retirement has been…

Monday, March 6, 2017

Folks, To paraphrase the perspicacious Donald Rumsfeld, this week’s news touches on “known knowns,” “known unknowns,” and “unknown unknowns.” Starting with the “known knowns,” Hugh Lane, Jr., chairman of the Bank of South Carolina and one of S.C.’s great conservation leaders, defends the South Carolina Conservation Bank in this Post and Courier op-ed. The Bank was recently the subject of a South Carolina Legislative Audit Council report that managed to completely overlook the stunning success…


Great Interview with Quintin Washington

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Folks – I wanted to follow up with you on Monday’s email from our Board Chair Margot Rose about the transition at the Conservation League and my new role there.  The irrepressible Quintin Washington interviewed me yesterday about those changes. Quintin covers, much better than I could have done by myself, some of our higher profile projects over the past 27 years and how we expect to continue that work in the…

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Coastal Conservation League Board of Directors Announces Search for New Executive Director

Monday, February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017 Contact: Dana Beach – Coastal Conservation League Board of Directors Announces Search for New Executive Director CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League announced today that Dana Beach plans to step down as the organization’s executive director later this year. He will assume a new role as a strategic advisor. The board will launch a national search for his successor. Beach founded the Conservation League in 1989…


Rara Avis: Audubon’s conservation (and literary) genius. Threats to our natural heritage from Congress and from a freshman state senator. The impractical, wasteful fantasy of 526. Mea culpa on language. MLK, Jr.’s moral arc.

Monday, February 20, 2017

“Oh, America!  Look upon her and see her grandeur.  Nature still nurtures and cherishes her, but a tear flows in her eye.” John James Audubon Folks, The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is winding down in Charleston.  Television star and naturalist Jeff Corwin gave a superb presentation, with a baby alligator, an American crocodile, an opossum (aka “possum”), two foxes, a gopher tortoise, a diamondback rattlesnake, a Florida king snake, four owls, a pelican and a sandhill crane –…

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P&C: Appeals court hears argument on cruise ships in Charleston

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Appeals court hears argument on cruise ships in Charleston By Abigail Darlington Feb 15, 2017 


Moral arcs. Hairpin turns. Citizens vs. road builders. Saving (conservation) banks. Clean water, trout and Trump. Conservatives for a carbon tax. S.C. at the U.N.

Monday, February 13, 2017

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Folks, Pope Francis makes it clear in Laudato Si, his magisterial encyclical on the environment and equality, (, that the moral universe encompasses nature as well as humans (indeed, that it is nonsensical to consider one without the other). I suspect Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree. I wonder, though, whether the trajectory really is an arc. These days, it…


Admirable migration. Fox squirrels redux. Bridging the greenbelt gap. Evasive county council. Too many bans. Elusive climate reality.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Nothing wholly admirable ever happens in this country except the migration of birds.” Brooks Atkinson Folks, Brooks Atkinson would agree that there has been a lot admirable happening this week. We are in that magical season when winter residents are still here, (this includes northerners, but today I’m writing about birds), but spring migrants have begun arriving from the tropics. Bear Island in the ACE basin was alive with ducks, swans, white pelicans and avocets, but also with…

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