Fire is a natural part of the environment and frequently occurs throughout North Carolina, even during a pandemic. Between March 2020 and March 2021, practitioners of prescribed fire burned more than 100,000 acres of forestland across the state. Nearly 76,000 of those acres have been burned this year. “It’s always good to see land managers and landowners working together to implement prescribed fire safely and effectively across the state,” said Thomas Crate, board president of the N.C. Prescribed Fire Council. “To see prescribed burning continue benefiting our forests and reducing the severity of wildfires during the pandemic, in the face of so many health andRead More →

While some local counts may be cancelled due to regional COVID-19 rules, many community scientists across the hemisphere will carry on one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in a socially distanced fashion. For the 121st year, the National Audubon Society is organizing the annual Audubon CBC. Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, bird-loving volunteers will participate in counts across North Carolina and across the Western Hemisphere all while abiding by Audubon’s COVID-19 guidelines.  The 12 decades’ worth of data collected by participants continue to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protectRead More →

Waters rich from nutrients from sewage spills and agriculture runoff is resulting in an algae bloom feeding one of the worst fish kills on the Neuse and Pamlico rivers in a decade or more. One fish kill is off Carolina Pines but was working its way upriver toward New Bern, pushed by the breezes, said Katy Hunt, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper during a video report. It has been more than four weeks since the start of the fish kill happening in the Neuse Estuary. Reports have been coming in for weeks of dead fish floating on the surface of the river in the Carolina Pines,Read More →

State asks for court to reinstate North Carolina’s decision to reject consistency certification N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will continue to fight against seismic testing along the state’s coast. The State of North Carolina has filed an appeal of the decision by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override the state’s objection to WesternGeco’s plan for offshore seismic testing. “North Carolina has been clear, we do not want seismic testing in our coastal waters, or the damage from offshore drilling that could follow,” said Governor Cooper. “The studies of our waters show little prospect for drilling, and the environmental damage to ourRead More →

Were you or someone you know at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987? The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)and theCommunity Assistance Panel (CAP)invite you to two public meetingsTuesday, Sept. 1 at 9:00 a.m. ETandSaturday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m. ET Attend via online livestream or teleconference call to learn more about ATSDR studies of the potential health impacts from water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Registration is not necessary.For more information about the meetings, visit: Camp Lejeune CAP MeetingsTo learn more about water contamination at Camp Lejune, visit: Camp Lejeune WaterRead More →

As we all begin to deal with a global pandemic, we wanted to let you know how the Sierra Club is adapting and responding, so we can keep doing the important work of protecting our natural environment and fighting for a just, clean energy future. First, we’re prioritizing the health of our volunteers, activists, staff, and entire community. The COVID-19 pandemic is a social and economic justice issue, as well as a health crisis. Protecting our community is our number one priority, and we recognize that we have a social responsibility to be good actors in keeping others safe, too.  Here are some specific stepsRead More →

Yesterday, coronavirus was declared an international pandemic. Already, there are 129,589 known cases and 4,749 deaths globally.1 Now, it’s even more critical that our government takes action to protect public health. Fortunately, legislation introduced today would provide real help for struggling families. However, Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block this urgent bill.2 Speak up to demand that your members of Congress pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. TAKE ACTION The Sierra Club’s mission is to protect the human and natural environment. Our environment is more than just beautiful landscapes; it is also the world that surrounds us: the air we breathe, theRead More →

The current activities towards Environmental Justice and a Just Florence Recovery will be presented by Naeema Muhammad and Ashley Daniels of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and the Just Florence Recovery Coalition. Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Place: The Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern Environmental Justice is the effort to promote health and environmental equity, clean industry, safe work places, and fair access to all human and natural resources, especially for low income communities and peoples of color. The Just Florence Recovery aims to help these communities get the resources now to continue getting help after the hurricane andRead More →

The Craven County Board of Commissioners reversed its April 15 decision to decline renewal of the curbside recycling program in Craven County at its specially called meeting held on April 26. The curbside recycling program in Craven County will continue, though residents will see modifications.  The Craven County Board of Commissioners voted to renew the curbside recycling contract with Waste Industries for the next five years to provide a monthly curbside pickup of recyclables in a 95-gallon rolling container. The current curbside recycling program will continue as is until Craven County and Waste Industries are able to implement the program changes.  Residents will see aRead More →

Craven County commissioners will be reconsidering a short-sighted decision to end curbside recycling following backlash from citizens upset by the decision. Commissioners made the decision on April 15 rather than double the fee due to cost increases. This is one of those no-win situations for the board, a majority-Republican group with two newcomers (E.T. Mitchell and Denny Bucher) hesitant to raise taxes or fees because, well, they’re Republicans. But here’s the thing: ending curbside recycling forces people to do one of three things: discard their recyclables with the regular garbage; make trips to county convenience centers to drop off their recyclables; or toss their recyclablesRead More →