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Youth Corps: Trail blazers of Garfield County 31.7.2016 Durango Herald
GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) – Hikers are goal-oriented people. Setting off from a starting point, they work their way along a trail toward their ultimate goal, enjoying a sense of accomplishment at the end.But many hikers rarely think about how that trail got there and how it remains so well kept. Unless hikers bushwhack their way to...
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Conservation group files federal suit to “protect, save,” Rio Grande cutthroat trout 30.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
A conservation group filed suit Friday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the Service does not do enough to protect the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
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The Time to Save Tigers Is Today 30.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Bronx Zoo's Tiger Mountain exhibit is a family favorite, with kids and adults alike flocking to see the magnificent big cats. Two Malayan tiger cubs were recently born and our colleagues here at the Zoo are committed to ensuring their healthy growth, but far too many of their cousins in the wild struggle to survive. A mere 4,000 tigers prowl a range that has collapsed by more than 90 percent in the past two centuries. As few as 250 Malayan tigers persist in their forested habitat of Southeast Asia. Malayan tiger cub at the Bronx Zoo's Tiger Mountain. Photo: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS. International Tiger Day provides an opportunity to draw attention to the endangered status of the world's largest cat and ensure that these incredible animals do not disappear. When the conservation community initiated this commemorative day in 2010, it hoped to cast a light on a species moving toward extinction at a frightening pace. A focus on protecting and expanding tiger populations has helped tigers to make modest ...
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Peru's New President Gets Wealth of Environmental Tools 29.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story has been adapted from Ecosystem Marketplace By Kelli Barrett When Peru's new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, took office yesterday, he inherited a powerful set of tools that outgoing President Ollanta Humala approved for funneling money into conservation and sustainable agriculture. Nearly all were approved in the last two weeks of the month. First, the Ministry of Environment released formal regulations for the country's groundbreaking Mecanismos de Retribución por Servicios Ecosistémicos (MRSEs), or " Mechanisms of Compensation for Ecosystem Services " law, which legislators approved in 2014. The law created a legal framework for conservation activities that harness public and private capital, and the new regulations offer clear guidance on how to implement them. In a related move, the government approved its National Forestry and Climate Change Strategy and issued guidance on biodiversity offsets, primarily for Andean ecosystems. More on the Forest Trends Blog Ecosystem Marketplace ...
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Are we raising a generation of nature-phobic kids? 29.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The childhood I had wandering through the woods and fields near my home unsupervised from morning until dark today seems like a lost world. Many children now spend less than 30 minutes per week playing outside.

It’s not just kids and their preoccupation with iPads and video games, or busy streets...

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Management plans benefit both producers, wildlife 29.7.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Have you ever heard the saying, “If you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough”? I have made the Yampa Valley my home for 16 years and counting, and with the huge diversity of wildlife species just out my backdoor, I definitely think I am lucky enough. As a private lands wildlife biologist in a partnership position with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, I have the pleasure of working with conservation-minded landowners throughout Northwest Colorado, incorporating wildlife habitat needs into their management plans. Establishing pollinator plantings, brush manipulation for elk and deer habitat improvements, riparian restoration and pinon juniper removal to improve sagebrush habitat are a some of the ways landowners in the community are voluntarily enhancing, conserving and protecting wildlife habitat. According to NRCS, two-thirds of land in the lower 48 states is privately owned. These working farms, ...
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Tiger Day: Campaigners demand a conservation model that respects tigers and tribal people 28.7.2016 Survival International
A tiger and her two cubs were recently killed by a park guard in Pench tiger reserve. Forest officials are often accused of corruption and involvement in poaching © Sandip Dey For international Tiger Day (29 July) Survival International is calling for a tiger conservation model that respects tribal peoples as the best conservationists and guardians of the natural world, rather than criminalizing them and subjecting them to violence. Last week a seven-year-old tribal boy called Akash Orang was shot and severely wounded in Kaziranga National Park, where guards are encouraged to shoot suspected intruders on sight in the name of protecting rhinos and tigers. Sixty-two people were shot there in just nine years under this notorious “shoot on sight” policy and tribal villagers are facing arrest and beatings, torture and even death while tourism is encouraged. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) promotes commercial tours in the park and has provided training and equipment to the state authorities who operate the park. ...
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Lawsuit Filed to Stop Oil, Gas Exploration in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve 27.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity A lawsuit filed today by a coalition of local and national environmental groups would prevent extensive seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is home to endangered species like the iconic Florida panther and recharges an important source of drinking water for many South Floridians. ​The preserve also serves as a major watershed for Everglades National Park to the ...
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Conservationists Warn Endangered Species Will Vanish Forever Unless We Act Now 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists from around the world are calling for increased efforts to protect many of the Earth’s largest and most enchanting species before humanity wipes them out. In an open letter published Wednesday in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife researchers warn of a bleak future where elephants, gorillas and nearly a hundred lesser-known species could disappear from the planet without urgent intervention. “Under a business-as-usual scenario, conservation scientists will soon be busy writing obituaries for species and subspecies of megafauna as they vanish from the planet,” write the authors, from groups including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London and Panthera. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s largest herbivores and carnivores are classified as threatened with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature , which tracks such threats. But few have garnered any significant attention, said William Ripple, a professor at Oregon State University and the lead ...
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Coalition Seeks Greater Public Access to Information About Chemicals Used in Fracking 27.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today a coalition of conservation groups, landowners, and public health advocates petitioned the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to provide broader public disclosure of information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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New Federal Policy on Endangered Species Decision Process Will Push Less-studied Species to Extinction 26.7.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

In a move that will condemn uncharismatic, little-studied species to greater risk of extinction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a new methodology for prioritizing decisions on whether species petitioned by citizens and conservation groups warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Conservation work completed on Auschwitz barracks 26.7.2016 Washington Post: World
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says conservation work has been completed on half of a wooden barracks that housed prisoners at the former Nazi German death camp during World War II.
Advocating For the Environment and Wildlife Conservation Is One of the Hardest Things I've Ever Done 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
And on, and on, and on. It feels hopeless, it feels desperate, it feels difficult to breathe, to swallow, to think. I want to scream at the top of my lungs, "How can we let these amazing animals just die!" "How can we not do more to save them?" "How can government officials ignore the deaths, allowing terrorism-groups to be fueled by these kills?" "What will Earth look like when my son is my age?" I find it ironic that my most-read blog post is the one where I pour my heart out about how emotionally difficult it is to be an eco-advocate; not the ones where I provide scientific data, information, or recipes. So, here are my questions: What is it that makes a difference to people? Makes them want to act? For me, it was seeing images of the cruelty we (humans) bestow on other animals; cruelty in a way I didn't think could be imaginable - for fun! Cruelty to animals who evolved millions of years before we did, who found a way to live in harmony with others. For me, it was seeing images of the barbaric ...
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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week 23.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This week is the third annual Latino Conservation Week , a chance for Latinos all across the country to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands. Few places is that passion more evident than here in California. The spirit of conservation is woven throughout our state's history. It was here in California that John Muir founded the Sierra Club and led a movement to establish our first national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. That spirit continued in the artwork of Ansel Adams, the California native whose photographs uniquely captured the beauty of our public lands. His prints made nature more accessible for the average person and inspired a new generation of conservationists. Thanks to his photographs, places like Kings Canyon National Park are now protected for all to enjoy. And that spirit lives on today. Since Congress passed the 1994 desert conservation bill, which created Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve, we've ...
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Community Partners Team Up to Launch “Verde River Exchange” Water “Offset” Program 21.7.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Community Partners Team Up to Launch “Verde River Exchange” Water “Offset” Program
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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list 21.7.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of...
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New national park work corps to restore Wonderland Trail, Olympic paths 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Private grants of more than $2 million will establish new trail teams in Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks.
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India: Park guard shoots child in infamous “shoot-to-kill” national park 20.7.2016 Survival International
Akash Oram in hospital after he was shot by park guards (click photo to see full size) © JEEPAN A seven year old tribal boy is reportedly in a critical condition after being shot by a park guard in a national park in northeast India , notorious for its brutal “shoot to kill” policy towards suspected poachers. The boy, named in reports as Akash Oram, is a member of the Oroan tribe who live around Kaziranga national park. He sustained serious injuries to his legs, and is being treated in hospital. Two park guards have been suspended after the shooting, following an outcry from local tribal people. Akash’s village is facing eviction. The incident raises serious concerns over the advisability of the “shoot to kill” policy, which has seen at least sixty-two people killed in the park over a nine year period. This militarized approach to conservation has had serious consequences for local tribal people , who face arrest and beatings, torture and even death in the name of conservation. Madegowda C, a tribal ...
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Why Electing A President Who Believes In Climate Change And Wildlife Conservation Is More Important Than Ever 20.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Image Credit: Huffington Post Images The signs of climate change are there, we just need to pay attention. Weather patterns are shifting, 100-year floods are now a common occurrence, while drought and loss of water-sheds are as well. Climate change is happening. More Americans than ever believe that anthropogenic climate change is here. Yet somehow, Congress, hasn't gotten that message. Today's Congress is filled with professional politicians, who don't act on this critical, important, and extremely dangerous issue. Unfortunately though, it is time to act and stem the tide of climate change. Congress should have acted a decade ago, last year, last week, or even yesterday. But, they haven't. Not in any meaningful way. Yes, we sign climate accords and agreements, but, that only addresses one small facet of the problem. Energy. That is why it is time to "start over" and elect leaders who believe in climate change. Now. While we need a president who believes in climate change, a president only, is ...
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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list 20.7.2016 AP National
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act....
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