March 1, 2010
By Megan Rulli, Outreach Coordinator
Hello, it’s your friendly Outreach Coordinator Megan here to update you on ADP’s fundraising efforts. ADP realizes major achievements with a relatively small budget. In December of 2009, the organization kicked off a major fundraising campaign in order to raise $15,000 by the end of May. We have currently raised about $2,000 through a fundraising letter, an alternative gift through the holidays, and a donation from the National Forest Protection Alliance. Only a bit over $13,000 to go! Please know that showing your support by making a donation of $25, $50, or more will truly make a difference on the ground in the Allegheny National Forest. Here’s a look at some of the programs you would be funding.
Allegheny Forest and River Watch – This program is rooted in educating and activating our supporters to utilize the tools of public engagement that ADP has been honing for the past sixteen years. Trainings and opportunities for involvement include on-the-ground monitoring, formal comment, participation in public meetings, detailed documentation and research, and through administrative appeal and litigation when necessary. This is a way to join in forest and watershed protection efforts on the Allegheny, even to initiate your own efforts on Pennsylvania State Lands and your communities, which are under the imminent threat of oil and gas drilling, including Marcellus Shale gas.
This campaign will compel the Forest Service to incorporate the opinions of citizens rather than just extractive industry interests in their management of the ANF. This campaign will be both online and on-the-ground. Online, activists will receive updates through this online newsletter. Activists will also be able to send in LTEs, letters to State and Federal Representatives, and begin to participate through comment letters in the NEPA process. There will be many opportunities for on-the-ground volunteers, those who go on site to proposed drilling or logging projects (or presently damaged areas) to document destruction and assist ADP in their documentation and research. ADP will hold Forest Watch workshops and outings for both the hands-on education and the undeniable joy of recreating in the ANF.
Litigation – Our litigation efforts on the ANF are at a crucial stage. In late 2008 we filed Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Allegheny Defense Project, Sierra Club v. U.S. Forest Service (POGAM and AFA - Defendant-Intervenors), which resulted in a settlement agreement and the Forest Service initiating an environmental analysis of the impacts of oil and gas drilling on the ANF. However, a recent federal court decision in Minard Run Oil Company, POGAM v. U.S. Forest Service, Attorney General Eric Holder, FSEEE, ADP, and Sierra Club enjoined the settlement agreement. ADP, Sierra Club, and FSEEE have filed a notice of appeal with the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to have the settlement agreement reinstated. ADP and Sierra Club have also jointly intervened as defendant-intervenors in Catalyst Energy v. U.S. Forest Service; and in Seneca Resources v. U.S. Forest Service. ADP continues its work as defendant-intervenor in Duhring Resources (POGAM and AFA, Plaintiff-Intervenors) v. U.S. Forest Service. These cases address the authority of the U.S. Forest Service in regulating surface disturbance during private oil and gas drilling on National Forest Land.
Operating Budget – The Allegheny Defense Project is embarking on its seventeenth year of unbending forest protection. A donation can ensure its staff is adequately compensated and has the resources they need in order to run a grassroots forest watch organization.
I hope these projects excite you as much as they excite me. Please donate if you are able, your support will be appreciated and used with purpose.