Ecosystems

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.

Global Coalition Meeting in Nigeria Unveils New Initiative To Save Falling Fish Stocks
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dulue Mbachu, Associated Press

Some of the world's biggest international agencies are launching a global initiative to help developing countries manage dwindling fish stocks by curbing illegal fishing and halting the deterioration of marine ecosystems, the World Bank said Thursday.

Japan Scrubs Iraq Marshland Donor Conference amid Constitution Negotiations
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

A donors conference to coordinate the revival of southern Iraq's once-lush marshlands has been canceled because of the ongoing stalemate in Baghdad over the country's constitution.

Appeals Court Says Feds Must Increase Protection for Depleted Pacific Groundfish
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must increase protections for the Pacific fish species commonly known as red snapper, whose population has been depleted by overfishing.

Congressional Panel To Hear of Woes at National Parks
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott S. Greenberger, Boston Globe

The Adams National Historical Park in Quincy is blessed with a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including a wet-pressed copy of the Declaration of Independence presented to John Adams in the 1820s, but many visitors don't get to see them.

Indian State Bans Sale, Use of Plastic Bags
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press

The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday banned the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during recent monsoon rains.

Rio Grande Valley Havens Are Preserving Nature -- and Boosting Area Communities
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

The salty lake located north of Edinburg is part of a 5,000 acre-tract of the wildlife refuge. Shimmering white salt drifts -- which might be mistaken for snow, if not for the 90-plus-degree heat -- ring the shallow brown water. Beyond those lie thousands of acres of dense Tamaulipan thornscrub, a hearty combination of mesquite, prickly pear, shrubs and grasses.

Tough But Fragile, Turtles Take to Italian Hospital
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

The island hospital is small, sparsely equipped and very often the patients are so large that they have to be tipped sideways to get them to the operating table. Fortunately, the patients are tough enough to withstand being knocked against a doorframe -- they are protected by a solid shell bigger than a manhole cover.

Housing Conservation -- An Editorial
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Bangor Daily News

A plan to preserve wildlife habitat while providing affordable housing on Mount Desert Island exemplifies what should be the future of land conservation and development in Maine. Just as there cannot be unlimited development, there cannot be broad mandates against future development.

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