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Beargrass, a plant of many roles, is focus of new report

Report finds that disturbances are shifting within beargrass habitat

PORTLAND, Ore. November 19, 2012. Beargrass is an ecologically, culturally, and economically important plant in the Western United States and, for the first time, landowners, managers, and harvesters now have a comprehensive report about the species.

The report, Natural and Cultural History of Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax), published by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, identifies critical knowledge gaps and areas for future research. It also documents how changes in disturbance, including fire, may affect the species across its range.

“Beargrass is emblematic of a web of natural and cultural diversity in the West,” said Susan Stevens Hummel, a research forester at the station and lead author of the report. “This means that organisms and processes—like people, plants, and pollinators—are interrelated.”

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Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol

Joining Allard in the OMB meeting and a subsequent press conference were representatives of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the BoatUS Foundation, the Environmental Working Group, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ActionAid, Friends of the Earth, the National Restaurant Association and the National Taxpayers Union.

Since the 2005 inception of the RFS, the EPA has annually increased the required volume of ethanol fuel that producers must blend into their products. In 2014, the EPA proposed for the first time a reduction from the statutory requirements. The agency correctly cited the fuel market's inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners.

The AMA supports the EPA's fall 2014 RFS proposal.

Allard also raised these concerns:

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Helping Give Veterans a Lift

The Hi-Lift Jack Company invented the first generation Hi-Lift® Jack back in 1905, and Hi-Lift® Jacks have been manufactured and headquartered in Bloomfield, Indiana ever since.  “We’re proud of our Heritage, our Country, and our Service Members.”, says Steve Dowden, Vice President of Sales/Marketing.  “We want to honor all three by offering this red, white, and blue special edition Hi-Lift® Jack and by giving back financially to our veterans through a quality and efficiently run charity.  Hope for the Warriors® and Hi-Lift Jack Company… teaming together to make a difference!”
 
Hope for the Warriors® as rated by CharityNavigator.org

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Action Needed on Side-by-Side Standards

ROV and ATVThe Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; also known as "side-by-sides".

Regardless of what type of off-highway vehicle you most enjoy, it is important that you contact all of your federal legislators and the Senate Committee Members listed below. As an OHV community, we can pull together and speak with one, very loud voice.

Please read the information below, then send an Email now to the Relevant Senate Committees Opposing CPSC’s Proposed Mandatory Standards for ROVs (Side-by-Sides)

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Fuel Economy Increases for 2009

Fuel Economy Improvements for 73 percent of 2009 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® Models

  • Nineteen Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® models see fuel economy improvements, which represents 73 percent of the total product lineup
  • 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, Dodge Durango Hybrid, Dodge Journey, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass offer best-in-class fuel economy
  • Fuel savings of as much as 6.7 million gallons of fuel per year for American consumers
  • Engineering innovations contribute to improved fuel economy

Auburn Hills, Mich., Oct 31, 2008  -  As 2009 model year vehicles arrive in local Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® showrooms, customers will be pleased to find that fuel economy has increased on 19 of Chrysler LLC’s car, truck and SUV models, representing 73 percent of the entire product lineup. American consumers could see savings of as much as 6.7 million gallons of fuel per year with the 2009 fuel economy improvements.

“Chrysler is committed to improving fuel economy for our customers, and we consistently look at viable technologies to help us achieve that goal,” said Bob Lee, Vice-President – Powertrain Product Team. “With offerings such as our Multi-displacement System (MDS), Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect, we are able to deliver consumers fuel economy improvements in a majority of our 2009 models.”

In total, six Chrysler brand models (Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Sebring Convertible, Chrysler 300, Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Chrysler Aspen), nine Dodge brand models (Dodge Caliber, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Durango, Dodge Nitro, and Dodge Ram 1500) and four Jeep models (Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander) have better fuel economy than their 2008 predecessors.

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