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Coberly Creek Ranch in South Routt conserved by 2nd easement 1.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed this week to use $855,000 of dedicated tax dollars to help preserve 2,470 acres of a South Routt ranch named after two of the earliest cattlemen to come into the valley. Coberly Creek Ranch near the junction of Colorado Highways 131 and 134 is owned by Mike and Merrilee Ellis, who ranch with the families of two of their adult children. The ranch is named after a tributary of Egeria Creek, ultimately contributing its flows to the Colorado River. Coberly Creek was named after two brothers of that name who lost almost their entire herd of 2,000 cattle in the area of Egeria Park at the base of Gore Pass in the harsh winter of 1879-80. Ultimately, the Coberly brothers moved their cattle operation to Grand County, but modern-day livestock producers are doing just fine where pioneer cattlemen struggled under daunting winter conditions. The newest easement at Coberly Creek Ranch was funded in part with property tax revenues derived from the Purchase of Developments ...
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China And Russia Block International Plan To Create Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PERTH, Australia, Oct 31 - China and Russia have thwarted an international attempt to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica as both nations eye the region's rich reserves of fish and krill. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) wound up a 10-day meeting in Hobart, Australia on Friday without the consensus needed for a deal to conserve and manage the marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean. While Russia blocked conservation proposals for a fourth consecutive time, China's refusal to back the international plan came as a surprise to many delegates after previous statements of support for conservation and marine protection. Ukraine, which previously took the same stance as Russia, this year voted in favor of the proposals. "We had hoped to be able to create what would have been the largest marine-protected area in the world and had been working on that for several years," U.S. delegation leader Evan Bloom told Reuters. The objective ...
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First-ever World Lemur Festival Celebrated in Madagascar 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was originally published on Conservation International's blog, Human Nature . This week marks the first-ever World Lemur Festival in Madagascar, which will culminate in World Lemur Day on October 31. This event is intended to raise awareness of the importance of these wonderful creatures both across Madagascar and around the world. Why should we care about lemurs? Well, aside from being delightful, beautiful creatures that are part of the mammalian order Primates of which we ourselves are members, they are also a major economic asset for a country historically plagued by poverty and political instability. Madagascar is one of the most biodiversity-rich countries on the planet, with levels of endemism (organisms found nowhere else) among the very highest on Earth. This applies not just to individual species, but also to unique genera and entire families, meaning that Madagascar is home to entire evolutionary lineages (some of them dating back 90 million years or more) found nowhere else on the ...
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L.A. County's Prop. P would levy tax for parks, conservation work 31.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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11 Of The Scariest Looking Creatures In The Animal Kingdom 31.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We share earth with some amazing, yet terrifying creatures. This Halloween we've gathered together some of the creepiest looking animals we could find. From the bottom of the ocean to the tops of trees, these scary critters hail from all over the world. Many are very rare or hide out in secluded locations (like the bottom of the ocean) so you're probably safe from crossing their paths. Probably. 1. Aye-aye These rare primates are found only in Madagascar . 2. Star-Nosed Mole This mole is nearly blind, but that creepy looking tentacle makes up for it by providing an excellent sense of touch . 3. Goliath birdeater This mammoth tarantula can take down birds and small animals ( see it in action here ). 4. Gharial The gharial is one of the largest of the crocodiles and its long snout is filled with razor-sharp teeth . 5. Lamprey Lamprey are long, eel-like fish that can suck blood . 6. Goblin Shark Photo by Hungarian Snow via Flickr This shark is very rarely seen as it lives deep in the ocean . 7. Hairy ...
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Voters Will Decide On Billions For Land Conservation 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history. Pollsters say it's one of the few places on Tuesday's ballots where voters of all kinds can find common ground. The most money at stake is in Florida, California and New Jersey. "These are highly developed and dense states, and they are watching the good natural places disappear," said Will Rogers, president and CEO of the Trust for Public Land, which tracks and raises money for the ballot measures. "People know if they don't step up and protect it, it will be gone." Nationwide, it adds up to more than $15.7 billion overall in taxes and bonds for land and water conservation, the most in a quarter-century of elections, according to the trust's data, which was independently verified by The Associated Press. Other states with significant conservation ...
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US Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.S. and eleven other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over forty percent of the world's trade and economic output. It will have far reaching implications for public health, environmental and conservation protection in the U.S. and around the world. If it is to truly reflect a "21st Century Trade Agreement" as President Obama has outlined, it will need to include meaningful, binding, and enforceable environmental provisions and not include back-door mechanisms that undercut bedrock protections for people's health and the planet. That was the message in a letter that leading environmental and conservation groups just sent to the U.S. This trade agreement is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, U.S., and Vietnam. These countries are major ...
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AWF: Empowering Africans to Be Guardians of Wildlife 30.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the last part of a three-part interview series with Patrick Bergin, CEO of African Wildlife Foundation , we discuss the real value of empowering struggling Africans living near wildlife and also the direct link to a decrease in poaching in those areas. In part one of this interview, I caught up with Bergin just a couple days before he headed off to Asia to co-host a China-Africa dialogue on wildlife and sustainability. The interview ended with an idea that has the potential be a game changer for the illegal wildlife trade. We will never win the war on poaching unless we get the Asian demand countries on side through education and legislation; however, that will take patience and a whole lot of political will, and in the meantime Africa's wildlife is haemorrhaging. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes, and a rhino every nine hours, and in part two of this interview series I raised the contentious issue of the South African government wanting to legalize the rhino horn trade. You can't get the genie ...
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US voters deciding on billions for conservation 30.10.2014 AP Politics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history....
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Voter initiatives across America deciding on spending billions for land and water conservation 30.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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US voters deciding on billions for conservation 30.10.2014 Yahoo: Politics
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American ...
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Eagle rescuer's second trial set for Feb. 23 30.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Bird enthusiast Steve Patterson, whose rescue of two injured eaglets already landed him in court, will be prosecuted again in February, a judge ruled ...
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Eaglets' rescuer to be retried on conservation violation charge 29.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
In the court of public opinion, Steve Patterson may be a savior of a beloved national symbol, the bald ...
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Facing Imminent Extinction, African Lions Demand Federal Protection, say Officials 29.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Film night to celebrate open space 28.10.2014 Durango Herald
Vast ranches are a hallmark of the West, but many modern factors can make selling to developers ever more appealing.Local landowners will gather at the Durango Arts Center to tell their stories about how conservation easements helped them keep their land.Each five-minute talk will be paired with a short film that features local...
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North Dakota to decide whether to put oil revenue into conservation 28.10.2014 LA Times: Nation
North Dakota has a $450-million budget surplus and the nation's lowest unemployment rate, but only about 725,000 people to enjoy it — less than one-fifth the population of Los Angeles.
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African lions are set to become the last big cat listed under the Endangered Species Act 28.10.2014 Washington Post
Fearing that the world’s most iconic big cat could soon go extinct as humans invade its range, the Obama administration on Monday proposed listing the African lion as a threatened species. The proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would make the African lion the last big cat to receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the last two decades, their numbers have fallen by 30 percent, according to the International Union for Conservation of ...
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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing African Lion As Threatened Species 27.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the African lion as threatened after a study showed the big cats were in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future. A listing as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act would bar trafficking of the species as it faces dwindling habitat in Africa and more competition with humans. African lions, or Panthera leo leo, are found across a wide range in the continent, but about 70 percent, or 24,000, of them live in only 10 major strongholds, the service said in a statement. Listing the African lion as threatened "will bring the full protections of U.S. law to lion conservation, allowing us to strengthen enforcement and monitoring of imports and international trade," Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said. The main threats to the African lion are loss of habitat and of the animals lions prey on, and increased conflict with humans, the statement said. People and farming and grazing ...
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Film: Fiji’s River of Eden 25.10.2014 International Rivers News RSS Feed
By:  Cari Morgan This is a guest blog by Cari Morgan, a Communications Specialist at O.A.R.S. , named "The best river and sea outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure. Last spring, award-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Freshwater Hero, Pete McBride, set out to explore one of the only protected rivers in the South Pacific—Fiji’s Upper Navua. What he discovered was not only one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth— a “mini-tropical Grand Canyon”— but a unique conservation story that has helped communities and changed lives in the Fijian Highlands of Viti Levu. Now, in his recently released short film, River of Eden, McBride takes viewers on an intimate exploration of the tropical paradise within the Upper Navua Conservation Area (UNCA), and through spectacular cinematography and storytelling shows the power of ecotourism to improve communities in developing parts of the world. The UNCA was established in 1998 when a small rafting company, Rivers Fiji – along with the dedicated ...
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10 Stunning Wildlife Photos From The National Geographic Photo Contest 25.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Submissions continue to roll in for National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest , and we've been wowed by the spectacular wildlife photography entered so far. Almost 5,000 photos have been submitted in the three categories of people, places and nature. The contest closes on October 31, so you still have a few days to submit your photos, even if you're not a photography pro. Last year there were more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries. And if the photos we've seen are any indication, the judges this year are going to face a tough decision. We showed you 10 beautiful nature photos from the beginning of the contest in September; here are ten more of our favorites. To submit your own photos, go to National Geographic's photo contest website . You can also see more entries by browsing the Nat Geo editors' top picks every week. Photo and caption by Marc Henauer /National Geographic Photo Contest Off the Coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe ...
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