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Jun 2003 contains 43 News Articles.

Fledgling stars ready for their close-up
Newark Star Ledger, NJ - 30 Jun 2003
Peregines, New Jersey's largest falcons, were once abundant in the state but died out in the early 1960s after pesticides accumulated in their systems, causing their eggshells to be thin and fragile. State biologists reintroduced the species in the late 1970s, and by 1980 a pair had successfully nested in an Atlantic County Wildlife Refuge. These days a family of peregrines lives atop the Hilton casino in Atlantic City.

Communities: Disruption of great blue heron colony feared under housing plan
Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA - 30 Jun 2003
Krom and others in her organization -- which claims board members from the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society -- are concerned that plans for the development do not present enough of a buffer between the development and the lush, old-growth maple forest where the birds nest. They would like to see the development pushed farther up the hill, putting more distance between it and the nests.

Fragile Paradise
Port Huron Times Herald, MI - 30 Jun 2003
A fragile paradise between industry and development, Walpole Island's five ecosystems, coveted by Canadian environmentalists, often are threatened. If the land and water are threatened, so are the people, since a majority of them supplement their groceries with fish and wild game.

Inner-city children head for the wilderness
Oakland Tribune, CA - 30 Jun 2003
Starting in July, the 14-year-old organization, which targets inner-city kids from around the country, will lead six eight-day trips with Oakland young people this summer. The destination: the rarely seen backcountry of Yosemite National Park.

Why Were the Trees Cut Down?
Washington Post, DC - 28 Jun 2003
In the past decade or so, builders and localities have been pushed to change their approach, Moll said. Tree ordinances have been adopted around the country. Some only protect public or "street" trees, but others are meant to preserve trees during construction, or to mandate replacements if trees are removed. Maryland, though, remains alone in having a statewide law requiring towns and counties to establish systems to protect trees during construction.

Learn healthy tree upkeep
The News Journal, DE - 27 Jun 2003
When people in Wilmington plant, prune or remove trees along streets without permits, they probably don't realize they are breaking the law, city and Delaware Center for Horticulture officials said. The violators often break many rules of urban forestry as well. The right kinds of trees are cut down, the wrong kinds are introduced and branches are trimmed in ways that hurt a tree's long-term health.

Satellite View Shows Amazon Rainforest Shrinking Fast
Environmental News Service - 27 Jun 2003
The new deforestation rate in the Amazon announced by the Brazilian government has shocked conservationists, who said that drastic measures are needed to reverse a large increase in clearing since last year. The world's largest tropical rainforest is being rapidly cleared for agriculture, including soy bean fields and cattle ranches.

Fire restrictions in force now
Hillsboro Argus, OR - 26 Jun 2003
The fire season declaration enables the department to impose restrictions on activities in the woods that might spark wildfires. The department regulates both industrial and recreational activities on private and state forestlands.

1,200 Acres of Wet Mt. Valley Protected
Environmental News Network - 26 Jun 2003
The acquisition is the first step in a larger effort by TPL and its partners, including the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), to conserve more than 10,000 acres in the valley's northern end by the middle of 2004. Later this year, TPL and its project partners intend to explore a similarly ambitious conservation program with ranchers operating in the southern end of the Wet Mountain Valley. Conservation easements are valuable tools to preserve the natural and scenic values of ranches and farms while also providing landowners with an alternative to subdividing their properties and selling off all or portions as smaller "ranchettes."

Federal purchases of Appalachian Trail land are nearly complete
Environmental News Network - 24 Jun 2003
From its 1,640-foot height, David Startzell can see the end of a 25-year effort to protect the more-than-2,167-mile footpath through public acquisitions. Almost all of the Maine-to-Georgia trail has been secured, largely through federal purchases of property and easements. Little more than 10 miles remain unprotected, including a 2-mile stretch near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

Remember, fireworks around forests usually leads to disaster
Hillsboro Argus, OR - 24 Jun 2003
Oregon's fire statistics record numerous blazes started by fireworks, open fires and off-road vehicles, often clustered around the July 4 weekend. Fireworks and the forest simply don't mix.

Officials: New 98 path bad for lake
Mobile Register, AL - 24 Jun 2003
Mobile's drinking water supply could be in danger if state highway officials proceed with plans to build a new U.S. 98 corridor through undeveloped forests and wetlands north of Big Creek Lake, according to officials and engineers who spoke to Mobile water board members Monday.

Researchers Discover Birds Protect Trees In Neotropics By Eating Insects
Science Daily - 24 Jun 2003
"Birds clean herbivores off of trees," Van Bael said. "This is important because we need our trees, especially in the tropics, to be healthy. They provide us with oxygen and sequester carbon emissions, protecting us from global warming. Understanding how animals interact with trees will help us keep the forests healthy."

Deer too cozy for neighbors
Appleton Post Crescent, WI - 23 Jun 2003
The issue of deer roaming through residential yards, destroying flowers, plants and shrubs, has annoyed DeValk, Eugene Lamers and others in this village of ravines and wooded areas, where dozens of deer have taken up residence. Estimates of the herd’s size range from 40 to 100.

State hopes to double transit riders
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN - 23 Jun 2003
Officials contend population growth and an increase in automobile ownership are clogging the state's roadways, damaging the environment and slowing economic growth. And much of Tennessee's working population, between 79 and 85 percent -- drives to work alone.

Many see lot sizes as poor curb on growth
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - 22 Jun 2003
The chatter buzzing in the halls of a half-dozen county government buildings is about growth management: If lot sizes become larger, fewer people can come.

Conflicts with wildlife can be avoided by planning
Conroe Courier, TX - 21 Jun 2003
Whether it is beavers chewing up trees to deer eating your favorite rose bush, living in or near the country places us in close proximity to our wild neighbors. Whenever wildlife and people coexist, conflicts sometimes occur. As our populations increase and expand outward, wildlife is forced to coexist with humans. Urban wildlife species usually have few problems living with people. It is usually just the opposite!

A call to arms: The war against invasive species
Environmental News Network - 20 Jun 2003
More disturbing, however, is the fact that "they" are already here, methodically striking away at the biological diversity of the planet. Thankfully, humans may not be first on the chopping block, but we too rely on the intricate web of ecology — just as the rising number of casualty species do. That web is being eaten away, not by extraterrestrials, but by the global spread of noxious invasive species: plants and animals who threaten the health of our landscapes on a scale of epic proportion.

Cities are recognizing the right to go whitewater rafting
Environmental News Network - 20 Jun 2003
The growing popularity of kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and other sports is helping the recreation industry gain political clout in the battle over one of the most precious commodities in the West: water.

Utah's drought contributing to fire risk, influx of Mormon crickets
Provo Daily Herald, UT - 19 Jun 2003
The state's ongoing drought hasn't only caused increasingly lower water supplies. It has increased fire risks and could be linked to the state's Mormon cricket infestation.

International Year of Freshwater 2003 the Unifying Force of Water
AllAfrica.com, Africa - 19 Jun 2003
As the world celebrates the international year of freshwater this year, sight cannot be lost on the fact that most water bodies the world over ran through more than one country, which fact brings about conflicts as well as cooperation between such countries.

Creeping civilization threatens Ozark streams
San Jose Mercury News, CA - 18 Jun 2003
Oh, you might not see it when you look at these Ozarks jewels - the sparkling float streams that cut through southern Missouri. The water still runs cool and clear. Majestic bluffs still towering over winding channels. And current still rushes over riffles, creating an idyllic scene. But peer beneath the surface, and the picture becomes much murkier.

World Struggles to Fend Off Desertification
Environmental News Network - 17 Jun 2003
Every year, vast patches of the Earth turn barren and unproductive, the consequence of drought and poor land management. This process - known as desertification - has far reaching costs to humanity, United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan said today, and poses "an ever increasing global threat."

Conservation is key for Town of Menomonie
Dunn County News, WI - 17 Jun 2003
In 1999, faced with the recent passage of Smart Growth legislation by the state, the three-member town board discussed the need to control what the Town of Menomonie will look like in years to come.

Suburban Sprawl, City Troubles
Gotham Gazette, NY - 16 Jun 2003
Even as the city and state governments confront diminishing revenues and budget shortfalls, development pressures and real estate prices are climbing throughout much of the city's suburban rings. This trend, planning and conservation experts believe, is creating worrisome challenges for those concerned about New York City and the region's environmental future.

Maples are moving in as oaks lose ground in forests
Environmental News Network - 12 Jun 2003
Researchers are trying to find out why oak species, particularly red oaks, appear to be on the decline throughout much of the central hardwood region, which stretches from southern New England to the Carolinas and Tennessee and west all the way to central Texas.

Smart growth: linking water, land-use plans
The Tallahassee Democrat, FL - 12 Jun 2003
As the unlucky ones living or working in the path of floodwaters know, development has a direct effect on stormwater runoff.

Spotted owl, residents share Forest Grove watershed
Hillsboro Argus, OR - 12 Jun 2003
Some logging will continue, but it will be in controlled areas and impacts on the watershed will be minimized. Portions of timber revenues will be used to enhance wildlife habitat. Stream restoration, invasive plant control, wildlife surveys, fire management plans and education are also included in watershed plan.

Rain washes out trails
Archdale Trinity News, NC - 11 Jun 2003
From the top of the south trail at Piedmont Environmental Center, you can see what a difference a rainy spring makes. The smallest things add up to serious travails on the trails . . . impervious surfaces . . . loss of habitat . . .

Penn state study links land use and nearby property values
EurekAlert, DC - 11 Jun 2003
Agriculture and other land uses that provide open space increase the value of houses located within a quarter-mile radius, while landfills and large-scale animal operations lower the value of nearby houses, according to a new study by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Battling the bulge in the burbs
MSNBC - 11 Jun 2003
In order to address the issue, the CDC’s policies increasingly support 're-engineering activity back into our lives,' adds Schmid. To that end, the agency’s Active Community Environments Initiative was started to promote walking, bicycling and greater accessibility between housing and transit options.

Citizens pitch in to pick up
Summit Daily News, CO - 10 Jun 2003
Never mind the snow. Never mind the early Saturday wake-up call. Never mind the back-breaking work. Nearly 40 citizens turned out Saturday morning to do their part to reduce fire danger on Ptarmigan - and many of the volunteers don't even live there.

Private Sector Takes Action to Improve Watershed Management
GreenBiz.com - 10 Jun 2003
The World Economic Forum, in association with the United Nations Environment Program, has launched a water initiative to create public-private partnerships to improve the management of watersheds 'from the summit to the sea.' Members of the initiative include, among others, top businesses, NGOs, international organizations and governments. Their aim is to improve the quality and quantity of water for both business and communities by sharing best practices and partnering in the maintenance and management of water and watersheds around the world.

Geese get the goose of golfers, residents
Akron Beacon Journal, OH - 10 Jun 2003
With a record 120,000 to 180,000 nesting pair of the nonmigratory giant Canada geese in Ohio, friction between man and bird is huge. Urban property owners make hundreds of complaints to the state each year.

EPA finds few punished for water pollution, says report
Environmental News Network - 10 Jun 2003
Citing the internal EPA assessment, the newspaper reported that about one-quarter of the largest U.S. industrial plants and water treatment facilities were in serious violation of the Clean Water Act at any one time. The study said that only a fraction of the violators faced enforcement actions, and when formal disciplinary actions were taken, fewer than half resulted in fines, which averaged about $6,000.

Climate Change Scenarios Alter Forecasts
Newsday - 9 Jun 2003
Three years ago, the National Fire Plan began funding wildfire forecasting research, which is starting to bear fruit, turning what used to be folklore and experience into useful tools. Forecasts ranging from a few days to a century each have their own role.

Chula Vista report cites problems of rapid growth
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - 7 Jun 2003
The Growth Management Oversight Commission issued its annual report this week, finding that the city has fallen short in some areas critical to maintaining quality of life as it continues its rapid growth.

Conservancy From the Grass Roots
Washington Post, DC - 7 Jun 2003
Local farmers in Wisconsin said they didn't want a federal refuge. Instead, they formed what they called the Farming and Conservation Together Committee. Working with the Fish and Wildlife Service, they are overseeing wetland and upland conservation projects while keeping the land in private ownership. "Even the selection of our name is a reflection of our sincere commitment to a long-term balance of conservation and agriculture made possible through community-based oversight," says Buddy Huffaker, the chairman of the committee.

St. Lucie studies rise in impact fees
Fort Pierce Tribune, FL - 6 Jun 2003
County officials are considering higher impact fees on new construction to deal with the demands of rapid growth, weeks after their counterparts in Martin County took up the same issue.

World's water supplies under threat from irrigation, says United Nations
Environmental News Network - 5 Jun 2003
Across Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, groundwater levels are dropping as much as 10 feet a year, largely due to intensive irrigation, the U.N. Environment Program said in a report released in London.

Secretary Norton Announces the Designation of 23 Recreation Trails in 12 States to the National Recr
U.S. Newswire, DC - 5 Jun 2003
Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton today announced the designation of 23 recreation trails in 12 states, as part of the National Recreation Trails System. National recreation trials is an honor given to those existing trails that have been nominated and meet the requirements for connecting people to local resources and improving their quality of life. Norton's announcement coincides with the celebration of National Trails Day, scheduled for June 7.

Forest dwellers take action against fires
Ventura County Star, CA - 2 Jun 2003
Perry Park Ranch is among only 12 communities out of 22,000 in wildfire zones to be recognized as "firewise" by the National Fire Protection Association. The other communities were River Bluff Ranch, Wash.; Wilderness Ranch, Idaho; Briargate, Fla.; Genesee, Colo.; Emigration canyon, Utah; Greater Eastern Jemez Wildland/Urban Interface Corridor, N.M.; Hyde Park Estates and Aztec Springs, N.M.; Sundance, Utah; Timber Ridge, Ariz.; and Wedgefield, Fla.

Idaho residents enjoy outdoors more than any other state's
Arizona Republic, AZ - 1 Jun 2003
Regionally, the West saw the most participation in outdoor recreation at 73 percent, followed by the Midwest and the Northeast. The South trailed at about 63 percent.