10 Victories For Nature In 2011 – Slideshow

2011 brought plenty of good news for nature lovers everywhere. Here are just a few of the highlights; let’s begin with the U.S.


1. In October, the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the permanent protection of 49 million acres of land.The decision clears the way for the country’s remaining undeveloped national forests to be safeguarded from most commercial logging and road-building.

Photo: Apricot Cafe

2.  The Environmental Protection Agency announced new protections from mercury pollution from power plants in December.

Photo: Craig Allen

3. In October, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 376, meaning the sale, possession or distribution of shark fins is banned in California.

Photo: wanto99

4.  In Alabama, volunteers worked to restore an oyster reef, bringing back coastal habitat along the Gulf of Mexico, including coastal marsh seagrass, and numerous species of birds and fish.

Photo: snap_er

5.  The protection of more than 189,000 acres of Minnesota’s national forests, largely located in the watershed of the Upper Mississippi River, means that drinking water for millions of people will be safe.

Photo: MinnTim

And all around the world!

6.  The Marshall Islands became home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary, an area of the Pacific Ocean four times the size of California.

Photo Credit: bryan scott photography

7.  In Costa Rica, two million acres were added to Cocos Island National Park, creating Costa Rica’s largest marine protected area.

Photo: dibopic

8.  In Kenya, the Nature Conservancy joined with local partners to create a traditional elephant migration route that had been obstructed by agricultural fences and roads.

Photo: Iravaa Pitthan

9.  Australia’s Queensland government took steps to protect one of the world’s last great natural wetlands. Under the Wild Rivers Act, the Cooper’s Creek, Georgina, and Diamantina rivers, whose irregular flooding transforms thousands of square miles of dry outback, will be permanently safeguarded.

Photo: Mundoo

10.  ICCAT, the international body that manages the $1 billion bluefin tuna fishery in the Atlantic Ocean, established an electronic system to better track where the fish are caught and traded.

Photo: justaddwater2001

Hooray for 2011!

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.3 years ago

Thank-you for the informative article. Wishfully our efforts will have continued success.

Cynthia H.
Cynthia H.3 years ago

Wonderful. It is about time that we stop ruining and start recognizing that we need these things - life, animals, other creatures, and a good environment - that our children's children will suffer if we don't STOP now.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan3 years ago

Maybe 20 victories in 2012?

Valerie A.
Valerie A.3 years ago


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Alison A.3 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Elizabeth O.
.3 years ago

Thanks for posting.

James M Nordlund
jamesm Nordlund3 years ago

Thank you and goodness for all the work, dedication and love you have given and shown your country and people, as well as all humanity, life; your voice of reason will continue to resonate in all those you’ve inspired, and in their actions inspired by yours. reality

Patricia Garcia Ces
Patricia Ces3 years ago

Although there's so much left to do on many fronts, it's really uplifting to learn about some victories! Thanks a lot for sharing!!!

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