NARF Receives Recognition for Sustainable Practices

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Native American Rights Fund
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For more than a decade, Mark Macarro has served the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians as elected councilman and tribal chairman. Dedicated to tribal advocacy, Mark Macarro sits on the board of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF).

For more than four decades, NARF has provided legal counsel to help Native individuals and groups need to uphold their rights. Concurrent to this important work, the organization has focused much of its attention on sustainability. Through its Green Office Committee, NARF continually tracks its environmental impact at its main headquarters and two regional facilities in areas such as waste minimization and paper and energy use. In 2010, the organization also began working with the non-profit Trees, Water, & People to neutralize the carbon emissions that it produced due to its resource consumption.

As a result of these efforts, NARF has been able to reduce its paper and electric use with each passing year. In addition, the organization achieved a perfect balance of CO2 production and offsets in 2016.

In the same year, these impressive results helped NARF receive recognition from a number of sustainability organizations. Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) named the organization’s Boulder, Colorado headquarters as a Certified Partner for its dedication to scaling down its waste. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bestowed upon NARF headquarters its EnergyStar certificate and awarded it an impressive sustainability score of 93 percent.

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UC Santa Barbara to Restore Wetlands in its North Campus Open Space

 

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North Campus Open Space
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Ranked by Capitol Weekly among the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in California in 2013, Mark Macarro serves as tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Mark Macarro holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), which is working to restore wetlands and habitats in its North Campus Open Space.

In 2013, UCSB received a donation of 63 acres of a former golf course from the Trust for Public Land, which bought the land with $7 million in grant funds. UCSB is working to restore this land and its adjacent uplands, which together form 136 acres known as the North Campus Open Space (NCOS).

Through this collaborative restoration project, UCSB aims to preserve the wetlands of the upper Devereux Slough. Wetland preservation is an ever-growing need in California, which has lost 90 percent of its wetlands as a result of development over the last 150 years. Upon completion, the restored North Campus Open Space will form part of a 650-acre open coastal area consisting of the South Parcel, the Coal Oil Point Reserve, and Ellwood-Devereux preserve.

NARF – Protecting Tribal Natural Resources

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Native American Rights Fund
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The tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in Temecula, California, Mark Macarro has offered significant contributions in making tribal gaming acceptable to the public. Mark Macarro serves as a board member of the Native Americans Rights Fund (NARF).

NARF is the biggest and oldest nonprofit law firm committed to upholding and safeguarding the rights of Indian tribes, individuals, and organizations throughout the country. One of its five priority areas is protecting tribal natural resources. Indian lands hold a diverse range of natural resources, including timber, gas, and oil.

The government, as stated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, presently holds in trust 56.2 million acres of land for individual Indians as well as tribes. NARF’s focuses its efforts in upholding tribal resource rights and safeguarding these resources from destruction and misuse by non-Indians. Among the major resources the organization protects include water rights, land rights, fishing and hunting rights, judicious development of mineral resources, and environmental rights.

University of California, Santa Barbara – The Sedgewick Reserve

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Sedgewick Reserve
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Since 2002, Mark Macarro has served the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians as tribal chairman. Recognized as one of Capitol Weekly’s 2013 Top Political Movers and Shakers in California, he also holds the position of alternate area vice president for the Pacific Region of the National Congress of the American Indians. Mark Macarro earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, which contributes to efforts to preserve the Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Ynez Valley.

Consisting of 6,000 acres, the Sedgwick Reserve belongs to the UC Natural Reserve System, which dates back to 1965 and offers undisturbed environments for research and public service. The reserve boasts rolling hills and large areas of grassland, contrasted by a ridge of serpentine rock. In addition to its oak savannas and coastal sage scrub, the Sedgewick reserve features a diverse array of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, golden eagles, tarantulas, pallid bats, and some 200 species of moths.

Serving as a venue for research and education, the Sedgewick Reserve draws astrophysicists interested in using the Byrne Observatory Telescope. It also hosts a variety of events from monthly hikes and workshops to public lectures and community events led by volunteer docents.

To learn more about the Sedgewick Reserve, visit www.news.ucsb.edu/sense-wonder.