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State Takes up Difficult Task of Setting aside Agricultural Land for Recreation
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Nichols, The Record

State parks line the California coast like jewels on a movie star's necklace. But go inland to the vast Central Valley, and the jewels are replaced by farms, housing tracts and orchards. Except for a cluster of seven museums and historic sites in Sacramento, state parks are few and far between.

Power for Moon Base Could Come from Sun
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle

Here's how local scientists propose to power the first human outpost on another world: Launch a rover to the moon and melt its dusty soil into acres of electricity-generating solar panels. A year later, when astronauts arrive, all they have to do is plug into the grid.

EarthNews Radio: PBS Series 'Strange Days on Planet Earth'
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

PBS has been presenting an impressive number of science and nature programs in April. One new series, National Geographic's "Strange Days on Planet Earth," documents some of the odd things going on the natural world in our time.

Coleman Natural Foods Announces Natural Product Line for Conventional Grocery Retailers
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Coleman Natural Foods, the largest natural meat company in the United States, announced today that it is offering a new line of all natural beef, poultry, lamb, pork and sausage products to the conventional grocery channel.

Ranchers Anticipate Grazing Rule Announcement
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Mikkel Pates, Agweek Magazine

Keith Winter is looking forward to May 20 with trepidation. That's the day a government report on the future rules for livestock grazing in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands will be announced in Bismarck, N.D.

China Eyes Turbines at Sea to Boost Wind Power
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wind turbines stationed up to 50 km (30 miles) offshore and in waters up to 30 metres deep could be a key part of China's renewable energy programme in two or three decades, a senior industry official said on Monday.

Oregon Might Brand Lumber with Green Seal of Approval
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

If Oregon is so well-known for its forests, could it offer its own brand of lumber? That's what the Oregon Department of Forestry is asking. State leaders are investigating the possibility of seeking environmental certification for Oregon forests, a kind of green seal of approval that might help set the state's wood apart and compete in a changing market

EarthNews Radio: PBS Series "Strange Days on Planet Earth"
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

PBS has been presenting an impressive number of science and nature programs in April. One new series, National Geographic's "Strange Days on Planet Earth," documents some of the odd things going on the natural world in our time.

Office Products from Recycled Material
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Recycling is a daily practice for many Americans. However there are two parts to the recycling equation.

For Sale, by Forest Service: Homes, Ranger Stations, Rec Areas
April 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Looking for a sweet home in Sweet Home? The Forest Service may have just the answer. Three houses in Sweet Home, a former logging town in Oregon's Willamette Valley, are for sale for $52,500, $69,000 and $78,000. The properties, built in the 1950s for workers in the Willamette National Forest, are no longer needed -- and frankly, the Forest Service could use the money.

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