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  • A Weed, a Fly, a Mouse and a Chain of Unintended Consequences

    04/03/2006 8:16:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,110+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 4, 2006 | JIM ROBBINS
    MISSOULA, Mont. — First came the knapweed. Then came the gall fly. And now the mice population is exploding — the mice that carry hantavirus. In a classic case of unintended ecological consequences, an attempt to control an unwanted plant has exacerbated a human health problem. Spotted knapweed, a European plant, is a tough, spindly scourge that has spread across hills and mountainsides across the West. In Montana alone, one of the worst-hit states, it covers more than four million acres. In the 1970's, biologists imported a native enemy of knapweed, the gall fly. The insect lays eggs inside the...
  • WHAT IS "GMUG" AND WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU

    10/05/2005 7:38:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    BLUERIBBON COALITION ^ | September 26 | Brian Hawthorne
    "GMUG" stands for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. Combined, they encompass some 2.9 million acres of National Forest lands in Central and Western Colorado. These three forests are home to some of the most outstanding recreational opportunity in the West. Right now, the forest's are revising their Forest Plans. These management plans provide broad guidance on what activities may or may not occur on these lands. The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national recreation advocacy group that champions recreational access and responsible use of public and private lands, is growing increasingly concerned about the influence several anti-access groups...
  • Mystery Mammal Discovered In Borneo's Forests

    12/06/2005 6:41:43 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 902+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-6-2005 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests 00:01 06 December 2005 NewScientist.com news service Shaoni Bhattacharya The new beast, with its dark red fur and long tail, could be a new species of marten or civet, or belong to a new group entirely (Image: Stephan Wulffraat, WWF) Experts are mystified by the new creature, with some saying it looks like a civet, and others say that it resembles a lemur (Image: Wahyu Gumelar/Stephan Wulffraat, WWF)The mammal, which is slightly larger than a domestic cat, has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail. It was snapped twice at night by a...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, November 6-12, 2005: Autumn Foliage There and Somewhere

    11/08/2005 10:06:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 13 replies · 455+ views
    Though there's geology involved, today we will just take a look at the colors of autumn from the air. Using Bertrand's Web site, I guessed and got lucky with an identification of the first one. I have no idea where the second one is from, so if someone has the time and enterprising spirit, have fun figuring out the location. The caption for the first is below the picture. AUTUMN FOREST IN THE REGION OF CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC, CANADA (47°40' N, 71°02' W) The hills of the Charlevoix region along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec province are dominated by a...
  • Fertilizing forests can slow greenhouse effect (Solve Global Warming: go poop in the forest)

    10/25/2005 10:54:39 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 24 replies · 2,519+ views
    Innovations Report ^ | October 24, 2005 | Staff
    Experiments with intensive fertilization show that a spruce forest in Västerbotten, northern Sweden, can more than triple its growth if the trees have access to all plant nutrients. This favorably affects the function of the forest as a carbon sink. In other words, fertilizing forests can help slow down global warming. This has been shown by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at Umeå and Alnarp. The research findings were recently published in the journal Global Change Biology. The authors are Per Olsson, Sune Linder, Reiner Giesler, and Peter Högberg. In terms of both the climate and energy policy...
  • Forest Service, bowing to court, embraces Scrooge

    10/11/2005 11:14:53 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 26 replies · 779+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | October 11, 2005 | By Audrey Hudson
    A federal court ruling in favor of environmentalists is forcing the Forest Service to suspend more than 1,500 permits for activities ranging from fire prevention to Boy Scout meetings and also is threatening to delay cutting of the Capitol's Christmas tree until after the new year. A Forest Service regulation that allowed projects determined as having minimal environmental impact to be exempt from environmental studies and reviews was challenged by the Earth Island Institute. Judge James K. Singleton of the Eastern District Court of California ruled in July against a project to remove charred and damaged trees, which could kindle...
  • Enviros sue feds to block development in roadless forests

    10/07/2005 9:34:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 506+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/7/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty environmental groups sued the Bush administration over a decision to repeal Clinton-era regulations that blocked road construction, logging and industrial development on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's last untouched forests. In the lawsuit filed Thursday, the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Greenpeace and other groups challenged the U.S. Forest Service decision earlier this year to reverse the 2001 "roadless rule" that protected 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest. "These are the last wild areas of North America, and there is overwhelming public support for their protection from development," said Kristen Boyles,...
  • Western states sue feds over decision to open pristine forests

    08/31/2005 9:20:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 789+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 8/31/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's remaining pristine forests. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys general for the three states challenged the U.S. Forest Service's repeal of the Clinton administration's "roadless rule" that banned development on 58.5 million acres of national forest land, mostly in western states. "The Bush administration is putting at risk some of the last, most pristine portions of America's national forests," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. "Road...
  • G8 Leaders Told It Pays to Protect Forests (by the U.N. environment chief )

    07/06/2005 7:44:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 262+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases. "Our motto is environment for development," he said in an interview last week. The Group of Eight meets in Scotland on Wednesday and will address global warming and climate change — and Toepfer expressed hope that...
  • People evicted from forest land (Surprising not in US)

    06/17/2005 11:52:25 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 1 replies · 256+ views
    New24.com ^ | 6/17/2005 | Fidelia van der Linde
    Nairobi - Kenya is evicting thousands of families who illegally occupy a vast swathe of forest in the country's Rift Valley region, the government spokesperson said on Friday. Alfred Mutua said the government would not backtrack on its decision to forcibly evict thousands of families from the Mau Forest, a vast swathe of indigenous woodland in the Central Rift Valley region, west of the capital Nairobi. "We are not going to allow people to live in forests," Mutua said, adding that: "These forest areas are water catchment areas and the waters from these areas not only feed our country but...
  • Changing planet revealed in atlas [satellite images]

    06/06/2005 8:35:35 AM PDT · by cogitator · 31 replies · 1,500+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 4, 2005
    Changing planet revealed in atlasAn atlas of environmental change compiled by the United Nations reveals some of the dramatic transformations that are occurring to our planet. It compares and contrasts satellite images taken over the past few decades with contemporary ones. These highlight in vivid detail the striking make-over wrought in some corners of the Earth by deforestation, urbanisation and climate change. The atlas has been released to mark World Environment Day. The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) produced One Planet Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment in collaboration with other agencies such as the US Geological Survey and...
  • New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered

    05/19/2005 2:15:43 PM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 34 replies · 844+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | 5/19/05 | AMANDA ONION
    New Monkey Species With Goose-Like Call Discovered Two Separate Teams of Scientists Stumble Across the Strange New Animal in Tanzania By AMANDA ONION - When a team of scientists first heard hunters from Tanzania's Wanyakyusa tribe talk about a quiet, black-faced monkey that hung out in high elevations, they weren't sure if it was real or a "spirit" animal from the tribe's oral tradition. "Sometimes the difference between real and spiritual animals is not clear-cut when you speak with the Wanyakyusa. So we went into the forest with one of the hunters," said Tim Davenport, director of Wildlife Conservation...
  • Alien Woodwasp, Threat To US Pine Trees, Found In N.Y.

    05/14/2005 4:34:14 PM PDT · by aculeus · 12 replies · 679+ views
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- Despite dozens of interceptions at U.S. ports, a public enemy has infiltrated the nation's borders. Taken captive in Fulton County, N.Y., and identified by a Cornell University expert, the adult female alien is the only one of its kind ever discovered in the eastern United States. The discovery of a single specimen of Sirex noctilio Fabricius, an Old World woodwasp, raises red flags across the nation because the invasive insect species has devastated up to 80 percent of pine trees in areas of New Zealand, Australia, South America and South Africa. If established in the United States,...
  • Bush ends development ban in national forests

    05/06/2005 5:07:00 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 5/6/05 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration ended a four-year-old ban on development in roadless areas of national forests Thursday. The move could pave the way for oil and gas drilling, logging, mining and road building in 34.3 million acres of untouched woods. The new rule gives governors of pro-development Western states greater say over forest management in their states, which environmental groups fear will lead to development that threatens fish and wildlife in pristine areas. The first intrusions into the forests will probably be by natural gas-drilling rigs rather than chainsaws and timber mills because of market forces, according to economists,...
  • Bush ends forest development ban

    05/06/2005 6:11:36 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 25 replies · 813+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 6, 2005 | By Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration ended a 4-year-old ban on development in roadless areas of national forests Thursday. The move could pave the way for oil and gas drilling, logging, mining and road building in 34.3 million acres of untouched woods. The new rule gives governors of pro-development Western states greater say over forest management in their states, which environmental groups fear will lead to development that threatens fish and wildlife in pristine areas. The first intrusions into the forests will probably be by natural gas drilling rigs rather than chainsaws and timber mills because of market forces, according to...
  • Arnold pledges to save trees - roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy

    05/06/2005 6:47:05 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 06, 2005 | Lisa Friedman
    Arnold pledges to save trees Governor says California's roadless areas will be safe from Bush policy Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Thursday that the Bush administration's attempt to open a third of national forests to logging, mining and development will not diminish protections for California's remote forestlands. Announcing an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect about 4.4 million California acres left vulnerable to construction under the new Bush administration rules, Schwarzenegger said those largely undeveloped areas will remain untouched. "I am committed to protecting the vibrant health and sustainable future of our forests," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Roadless...
  • New Rule Opens National Forest to Roads

    05/05/2005 5:08:25 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 12 replies · 404+ views
    AP ^ | 5/5/05 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The last 58.5 million acres of untouched national forests, which President Clinton had set aside for protection, were opened to possible logging, mining and other commercial uses by the Bush administration on Thursday. New rules from the U.S. Forest Service cover some of the most pristine federal land in 38 states and Puerto Rico. Ninety-seven percent of it is in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Governors can submit petitions within 18 months to stop road building on some of the 34.3 million acres where it would...
  • RUSSIAN FORESTS THREATENED BY CHINESE POACHERS

    04/07/2005 11:49:28 AM PDT · by jb6 · 13 replies · 471+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2005-04-04 13:40
    MOSCO2, April 4. (RIA Novosti)-Experts forecast that China's demand for Russian timber will increase by a third within the next five years, which will lead to poachers stepping up their efforts more than anyone else, Biznes reports. Alexei Yaroshenko, a Greenpeace expert says China imported about 20 million cubic meters of lumber from Russia in 2004. "Russia's total annual lumber exports do not exceed 40 million cubic meters," says Vladimir Gorshkov, the vice president of Bumprom. Anatoly Kotlobai, an expert on illegal timber procurement and trade with the World Wildlife Fund, maintains that half of the exported timber was felled...
  • Environmentalists Sue Bush Administration (..again)

    02/17/2005 3:41:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 454+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/05 | Matthew Daly - AP
    WASHINGTON - Environmentalists sued the Bush administration on Thursday over new rules for managing the 192 million acres of national forests. The rules issued in December give managers of the 155 national forests more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without lengthy environmental reviews. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the rules water down protection of wildlife and the environment "to the point where they are virtually meaningless." The suit filed by San Francisco-based Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of conservation groups said the rules fail to include important environmental protection measures...
  • Forestry for Dummies

    01/12/2005 12:10:44 PM PST · by MikeEdwards · 21 replies · 745+ views
    CFP ^ | January 12, 2004 | Alan Caruba
    Recently, managers of the nation’s 155 national forests were granted more discretion to approve logging and other commercial projects without the lengthy environmental reviews previously required by the 1976 National Forest Management Act. To most people that might not qualify as front page news, but it should be. The nation was saddled with all manner of environmental legislation during the 1970s and part of the payback has been literally catastrophic for many of the nation’s forests. There has also been a hidden cost for anyone using any kind of product involving or derived from wood. The new rules brought the...