WUI in the News

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Oct 2005 contains 21 News Articles.

Disappearing `tengusa' beds posing a deep sea mystery
asahi.com - 31 Oct 2005
In high demand as a diet food ingredient, tengusa is disappearing from seabeds. Three theories have been considered: overfeeding from sea life, a rise in water temperature, and urban development.

What makes a forest 'Green'?
Associated Press - 30 Oct 2005
Private timber companies have been getting "green" certifications for the past decade to boost sales among consumers who want to be assured that forests are not harmed by producing the lumber they buy. Now the U.S. Forest Service, battered by court battles over balancing logging against fish and wildlife habitat, is looking into it.

A 'green' spurt for US businesses?
Christian Science Monitor - 28 Oct 2005
Wal-Mart's new plan to pare energy costs by shifting to renewables could prompt other firms to follow its lead. "Having the nation's biggest retailer on board is going to make a big difference in how much attention other companies pay to this issue."

Watershed tour showcases conservation projects, issues
High Plains Journal, KS - 27 Oct 2005
Water resources on the High Plains are a precious commodity. A recent tour of the Garden City and Dodge City areas emphasized this point to concerned citizens and local producers. To understand the need for the tour, it's important to see that the Upper Arkansas Watershed has several water issues that are unique in the state.

New York dims lights to aid birds
BBC News - 27 Oct 2005
The city that never sleeps is turning out the lights on dozens of skyscrapers in the hope of protecting birds distracted from migration paths. Every night in autumn, hundreds collide with Manhattan's high-rise towers.

Suburbia project: The responses
Raise the Hammer - 21 Oct 2005
It appears that very, very few people are asking tough questions about the future of suburbia. Most of the people who are thinking about it are stuck on smart growth and new urbanism as viable solutions. While I support the principles of smart growth and new urbanism, they're not going to be anywhere near enough on their own to get our society through the coming storm.

Protect urban watersheds
The Seattle Times - 19 Oct 2005
Sprawling development covering the landscape with rooftops, parking lots and driveways is in vogue. "Vertical development" on a small footprint surrounded by open space has not caught on yet in Puget Sound country. As a consequence, open space is disappearing and riparian zones are shrinking.

Fugitive rat teaches lesson about invasive species control
National Geographic News - 19 Oct 2005
Conservationists from the University of Auckland wanted to get a better handle on how susceptible a solitary, island-invading rat is to conventional traps. They therefore intentionally unleashed a lone Norway rat upon New Zealand's rat-free Motuhoropapa Island.

Beautiful and fire-resistant: Design our garden to stop sparks
Marin Independent Journal, CA - 18 Oct 2005
If there's a fire in your neighborhood, your healthy, clean and clear garden, and the state of nearby property, can make all the difference in keeping your home safe from fire.

Tips to boost business for wood recyclers
Edie Newsroom - 18 Oct 2005
Wood recycling companies could receive a boost thanks to a free guide that spells out which products are in demand and where the best business opportunities can be found.

Switch focus to key issues, Forest Service chief says
Associated Press - 18 Oct 2005
The chief of the U.S. Forest Service said he worries "lesser issues," such as logging and road-building on public lands, are drawing too much attention and too many agency resources away from more serious threats to America's forests and grasslands.

USDA announces $1.7 billion for voluntary conservation programs on working lands
Kansas City InfoZine.com - 15 Oct 2005
Through cooperative conservation, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will help farmers and ranchers make sound conservation decisions that improve soil, water, air and wildlife habitat on privately owned working lands.

EPA revamps fuel economy ratings
TuftsDaily.com - 13 Oct 2005
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long tested new cars annually for fuel economy. Current miles-per-gallon figures, however, are based on outdated driving habits and do not account for several features that impact the rate at which vehicles consume gas. EPA recently announced that by the end of the year it would make significant changes to methods used for estimating fuel economy ratings.

'Bottom-up' forestry success stories outlined in video
Bend.com - 13 Oct 2005
Improved communications and relationship building at the local level may offer at least a partial solution to the complex fire management and fuel buildup issues in western forests, according to experts at Oregon State University. Success stories in this arena offer lessons for others.

Builder takes environmental health, energy savings to new level
FortWayne.com - 13 Oct 2005
A "green house" benefits the environment - and pads your pocketbook with extra green, says builder John Harris. Harris and his wife Debbie have taken environmental health and energy savings to the next level, designing and constructing their house with the latest in green technology and materials.

The downsides of slowing growth
The Vail Trail - 12 Oct 2005
Our local government is discovering the absolute power of absolute government control. Last year it was the exploration and implementation of eminent domain. This year they are on a new politically correct course: limiting growth. A phenomenon that is cropping up all over the towns and cities in America.

Report: U.S. cutting back on wetland protection
CNN.com - 12 Oct 2005
In the past four years, the United States has drastically cut back on its protection of waterways and wetlands. The report by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, examined how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency assert jurisdiction over many of the nation's waterways and wetlands.

USDA Forest Service unveils distance-learning conservation program on America's rain forests
USDA Forest Service - 12 Oct 2005
Students across the world can now experience America ’s rain forests without ever stepping outside their classrooms--thanks to an interactive conservation education program developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Prince William Network and a host of other partners.

Overrun by elk
RockyMountainNew.com - 3 Oct 2005
Colorado is struggling with too much of a good thing - elk. The state's most majestic animals are denuding vegetation in national parks, gobbling shrubbery in Estes Park, threatening to contaminate valuable potato crops in the San Luis Valley and destroying livestock feed on Western Slope ranchlands.

Las Vegas Wash: Chunks of past build future
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 3 Oct 2005
Wildlife has begun to thrive again at the wash, where the shattered concrete of old hotel-casinos and highway interchanges now helps to curb erosion and control floods.

Natural 'weapon' against Aedes mosquitoes
Malay Mail - 3 Oct 2005
Ch'ng believes he is tackling the problem at its source when he places the mosquito larvae-eating fish in potted plants, ponds and drains.