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The strategy that might save whitebark pines in the long run is one that’s been discussed for decades among ecologists and is only now gaining traction: assisted migration. That basically means planting tree seeds in areas where they will be able to survive in the future.
(Opinion) The BLM is pinning its hopes on research into new contraceptives, as well as into spaying and neutering. The bureau also wants Congress to make it easier to transfer wild horses to public agencies, such as the US Border Patrol. But the challenge may be larger than any technical fix.
Nothing easy about conservation easements via Capital Press
Organizations that are familiar to farmers, such as local soil and water conservation districts, are hesitant to hold conservation easements precisely because they may someday be forced to litigate against future landowners who violate the terms.
Burned: Lawmakers call for change within U.S. Forest Service via The Oregonian
A bipartisan group of local, state and federal lawmakers in Oregon is renewing calls for a basic overhaul of the U.S. Forest Service. Their comments came this week in the wake of an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive that revealed how years of failed Forest Service policy and flawed budgets helped fuel the catastrophic Canyon Creek fire in August 2015.
Marin watershed managers topple trees near Fairfax to help endangered fish via Marin Independent Journal
Non-native cypress trees are being toppled — root ball and all — near Fairfax so they can be placed in and near creeks to create flood plains to help Marin fish on the federal endangered species list.
Nearly two decades of data reinforce concerns that pesticides are really bad for bees via The Washington Post
Using 18 years of data collected on more than 60 bee species in England, the researchers found that species foraging on pesticide-treated crops have experienced much more severe losses than species foraging on other plants. The study provides some of the first evidence that the effects of neonicotinoid exposure can scale up to cause major damage to bees.
USDA allows livestock grazing on CRP in 4 Nebraska counties via Brown County Democrat
Drought has led officials to allow emergency haying and grazing on conservation land in four south-central Nebraska counties.
Pilot project takes on ag-friendly wetland preservation via The Bismarck Tribune
Programs to discourage wetland drainage mostly have punished farmers for draining or altering wetlands rather than giving them incentive to leave the potholes alone … For farm groups and agriculture officials, the solution was simple: pay farmers what they could make farming small seasonal wetlands to make up for what they lose if they don’t drain them.
Are We Loving Our National Parks to Death? via The New York Times
(Opinion) Today, some of the most overwhelmed places — like Zion, Acadia, Grand Canyon and Yosemite — are encouraging (and in some cases, requiring) visitors to park their cars near the entrances and tour the park in shuttle buses. Other approaches to limiting daily visitors, from increasing entry fees or requiring reservations, may be considered at some parks, but will need to be balanced against the founding idea that these parks exist for the public’s benefit and enjoyment.
Washington State To Kill Entire Wolf Pack After Livestock Killings via The Huffington Post
Wildlife officials in Washington state plan to eliminate an entire pack of endangered gray wolves after the animals began attacking livestock in the area … Two animals, one a breeding female, were already killed earlier this month after several cows were found dead or injured.
San Fernando Valley will soon store 5 billion gallons of stormwater via Los Angeles Times
Currently, the Tujunga Spreading Grounds can capture and store about 8,000 acre-feet of water a year, officials said. That figure is expected to double to 16,000 acre-feet, or 5 billion gallons — enough water to supply 48,000 Los Angeles households each year.
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