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Mollie Matteson, Conservation Advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity, works for the protection and restoration of wild places, native ecosystems, and imperiled species in the Northeast. Before joining the Center in 2007, she was deputy director of Forest Watch, a New England-based group, for five years, where she helped establish new wilderness on the Green Mountain National Forest, worked to reduce off-road abuses on public lands, and advocated for landscape-scale conservation across the region. Mollie also spent almost two decades in the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest as an activist, writer, editor, educator, wildlife biologist, and wilderness ranger. She holds a bachelor of science in zoology and a master’s in wildlife biology from the University of Montana. WWR is honored to speak with her about the impacts of industrial development on bats and wildlife habitat. Mary Hamilton, Donna Essegian and Hester Chase will discuss Hammond, NY and Cape Vincent, NY situation. The fighting has been fierce and continues even now as these communities try to preserve their precious environments.
WWR returns to the Thousand Islands region in New York. We will air the full interview with Donna Essegian and Hester Chase from Cape Vincent. We will get the scoop on BPs efforts to overrule the community's desire to avoid the industrialization of their town. We will also hear about the losers who were kicked out of office and have begun a lawsuit against two prominent bloggers and the folks posting comments on the blogs. The race is on to see which state will be the first to destroy a portion of their marine environment (and jack up their electricity costs) by installing off-shore wind turbines. Massachusetts has been pursuing this madness for over ten years with the so-called "Cape Wind" project. Despite efforts by the Obama administration to fast track this wind-fracking of the ocean -- they have not yet started construction. Rhode Island is slobbering over the possibility that they will be first with a 6-turbine test project just off the coast of Block Island. We will be talking to Rosemarie Ives about the situation. Rosemarie Ives is the former mayor of Redmond, Washington, former chairwoman of the Sustainable Development Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and initial signatory of the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. As Redmond's mayor, Ms. Ives devoted much of her efforts to preserving residential neighborhoods, open space, and stewardship of the environment. Before election as mayor, Ms. Ives served on the City Council for four years and on the Planning Commission for five years. Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, she received a B.A. in history from Annhurst College, an M.S. in secondary education from the University of Bridgeport. She is a part-time resident of Block Island, living in a "cottage" that has been in her family for decades.
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