Ecosystems

Western States Sue Bush Administration Over Decision To Open Pristine Forests
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration Tuesday over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of untouched forests.

Dry, Hot Weather Ignites Big Alaska Wildfire Season
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Successive hot summers, vast swaths of insect-weakened trees and lightning strikes have combined to torch about 4 million acres of forest in Alaska this summer, nearly tying the state's third-largest fire season on record, federal and state officials said Tuesday.

EPA Offers Liability Protection To Spur Mining Cleanups
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press

Environmental groups that volunteer to help government and businesses clean up waste from mine drainage in the West won't be held liable if there are future disputes over the pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

California Air Regulators Want To Put Cork in Wine Pollution
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Napa and Sonoma may attract wine connoisseurs and tourists to their bucolic settings to taste well-known wines, but the San Joaquin Valley has long been the industry workhorse, producing most of the nation's wine. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is considering imposing the nation's first air quality control on wineries, focusing on the largest vintners.

Ex-Builder Proves Business, Greenies Do Mix
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Fensom, The Daily Yomiuri

Environmentalists and builders. To most they are as compatible as bulls and china shops, but Ian Kiernan is living proof that they are not always opposites.

Malaysia To Introduce Prison Sentences for Illegal Logging
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The government will impose mandatory prison terms to punish people who illegally harvest wood from rain forests in Malaysia, one of the world's largest exporters of tropical timber, authorities said Tuesday.

Seventy Thousand Homes? Not So Fast, Say Activist Groups
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Kevin Spear, The Orlando Sentinel

Central Florida's real-estate boom is delivering plans for mega-developments at a pace not seen in nearly two decades. As many as 70,000 new homes have been proposed this year alone within 15 projects stretching from north Volusia to south Lake County. They could take a few years or a few decades to rise from what is now mostly vacant land.

Fields in Tsunami-Damaged Aceh Could Take Up To Five Years To Recover
August 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Farmers have started replanting some fallow fields in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated Aceh province, but it will take up to five years to rehabilitate the hardest-hit areas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.

Millions of Idled Acres Getting Another Look
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald

Agriculture, wildlife and conservation groups expect a conference next week in St. Louis to be where the U.S. Department of Agriculture lays out its plan for dealing with vast amounts of land contracts in the Conservation Reserve Program.

NEXRAD Waterfowl: Conservation at the Speed of Light
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The next generation of wildlife biologists is using a tool to help manage waterfowl, and migratory birds in general. It's the same tool you might rely on hoping to see tomorrow's sky will be dark, blustery and gray. It's NEXRAD Doppler radar.

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