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Apr 2005 contains 9 News Articles.

Growth vs. agriculture: Tulare County carefully weighs value of farmland before developing it
Tulare Advance-Register - 30 Apr 2005
Tulare County is regarded with envy around the state of California for its effectiveness in preserving agriculture land. One of the things that has allowed the county to be so effective in protecting ag land is a component known as the Rural Valley Lands Plan, which is a system for evaluating property for its suitability for agriculture.

Researchers Sculpt Streams to Create Desirable Environmental Outcomes
Innovations Report - 29 Apr 2005
Ecological engineering professor Marty Matlock has given his students an unusual assignment: He wants them to re-design a river. This project requires research that co-leaders Matlock and Mike Hanley of the Nature Conservancy believe can be applied to other stream ecosystems nationwide. 'It’s about taking these ecosystems and trying to restore them to meet human needs and desires,' Matlock said. These desires include having clean water, preserving animal habitat, restoring wetlands, and creating spaces for natural beauty and recreation.

'Extinct' Bird Gets Second Chance
Environment News Service - 28 Apr 2005
The ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought to be extinct, has been spotted in the swamp forests of eastern Arkansas, according to a paper published online Thursday by the journal Science. The discovery comes some 60 years after the last confirmed sighting of the large woodpecker and conservationists hope it will energize efforts to safeguard endangered species and their habitat.

Landfill site to be urban forest
BBC News - 28 Apr 2005
Plans to turn a controversial landfill site into Scotland's largest urban forest have been approved by Glasgow City Council. Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted on the 93 hectare site, the size of 600 football pitches, near the M74 at Mount Vernon in east Glasgow.

Modification of measure to help farmers develop land may save it
St. Petersburg Times - 26 Apr 2005
A bill to help Florida farmers develop their land lost its most controversial provision Monday to help win the governor's support. Senate sponsor Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, dropped a provision that would automatically approve a farmer's rezoning request after six months if the local government failed to act.

Growth in biomass could put us on road to energy independence
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - 21 Apr 2005
Relief from soaring prices at the gas pump could come in the form of corncobs, cornstalks, switchgrass and other types of biomass, according to a joint feasibility study for the departments of Agriculture and Energy.

Refuge undergoing reconstruction. Time, humans take toll on wildlife areas
news-journalonline - 20 Apr 2005
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 for the benefit of cormorants and ospreys. "It's one of seven (refuges) established as a migratory waterfowl refuge," Morrow said. Now, at 40 years old, the refuge is still a favorite haunt of migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. But along with endangered and threatened species the refuge protects, including the manatee, snail kite, wood stork, bald eagle, limpkin, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and American alligator, the refuge also plays host to an increasing number of human visitors and faces challenges unforeseen 40 years ago. Things ranging from complex issues like "urban interface" to relatively simple -- but costly -- problems such as silt buildup are surfacing.

World Bank: Risks to Asian urbanization
United Press International - 19 Apr 2005
Urbanization and pollution are threatening the health of people in East Asia and the Pacific regions, the World Bank said Tuesday. In a report on environmental strategy, the bank noted nearly 40 percent of those in the two regions live in cities, and that number will likely be close to 50 percent by 2015.

Busy urban lifestyles hurt hunting tradition
The Associated Press-News Journal - 19 Apr 2005
As a teenager, Bryan Dinkins and his grandfather would go out before dawn on many a winter morning to hunt duck. They would quietly discuss school and life while waiting for the birds. Dinkins, now 40, hasn't been hunting in six years. He's too busy, he says, and anyway it would take six hours to drive somewhere to hunt ducks in California. It's a common lament in the new century, a time when urbanization and hectic lives can get in the way of hunting traditions. Hunting now is not just about when to go, but where to go? How much will it cost? And, more than ever, who will go?