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JUL 2013

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These successful results sparked the idea to use goats to graze and use na‐ tive seed to enhance the grassland area. While the goats are eating and walking through their enclosure, they eat and press scattered seed into the ground and create fertilizer for the seed. Following next winter's rains, Sandy Flat vegetation will be moni‐ tored for native species and to deter‐ mine overall success of the grazing project. With each grazing project, Sandy Flat will be returned over time to Califor‐ nia grassland filled with native grasses and forb species. With every native grass or forb that comes back, Graniterock expects to see more na‐ tive pollinators like birds, animals and insects follow to make a new home. E Climate Action Plan On June 25, President Barack Obama released the President's Climate Action Plan, outlining the administration's strategy to cut carbon pollution. The initiative centers on lowering carbon-dioxide emissions generated by power plants, while encouraging improved energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable fuels. The plan would seemingly hit the coal industry hardest, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to write rules limiting greenhouse gases, and discourages foreign countries from constructing coalfired plants. Obama, however, appears dedicated to promoting natural gas energy, safe nuclear power, and clean coal solutions in domestic and global markets, although the methods for doing so remain unclear. The Climate Action Plan includes international efforts to reduce climate change through negotiations and worldwide partnerships. The president also made the surprising announcement that the State Department's review of the Keystone XL pipeline is in its final stages and that he would move forward to approve the project if it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." Though the president's statement fell short of approving the permit for Keystone, many in the energy industry – recalling the State Department's March draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which found the project would have "no significant impacts to most resources" – saw the commitment as a positive signal. ROCKproducts • JULY 2013 45

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