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Aug 2005 contains 44 News Articles.

Growth promotes 'greening' of Murfreesboro
Tennessean.com - 29 Aug 2005
With all the construction on new Murfreesboro lots, one might expect trees are bulldozed all the time to make way for progress. Officials say that while the city is still not as green as they would like it to be, growth has created a chance to bulk up the tree population with new plantings.

Preserve the best, build without sprawl, leader tells Clayton
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 29 Aug 2005
Keep your trees, farms, lakes and streams, and reuse the usable. That's the advice one of the nation's leading advocates of smart growth gave last week to Clayton business and government leaders.

In California enclave, cougars keep the people at bay
NY Times - 28 Aug 2005
You would think that if you plunked down $10 million for a home, including millions to buy three adjoining properties, you could count on a little freedom to roam. But then the occasional mountain lion traipses across your land and, if you are Barbara Proulx, you feel trapped, afraid to let your two young sons out by themselves because of the dangers lurking outside.

State and local playbook: Environmental justice enforcement and compliance teams
Democratic Leadership Council - 25 Aug 2005
"Environmental Justice" is a broad-based movement focused on the realization that polluters and producers of toxic wastes often flourish in impoverished neighborhoods without the civic institutions and political clout to get environmental laws enforced.

Roadless lands at center of forest plan discussions
Western News - 24 Aug 2005
Wilderness advocates and motorized-use proponents continued to speak out for their interests last week during another in a series of citizens meetings to recommend changes in the Kootenai National Forest's proposed management plan update. "The battle is over roadless lands," said Cesar Hernandez of the Cabinet Resource Group, referring to the centerpiece of debate over the new plan.

Plan to replenish urban forest will be presented
Pelican Press - 24 Aug 2005
A plan to replace thousands of shade trees that were sacrificed to Sarasota County development over the last 40 years is slowly working its way through a government bureaucracy that has historically dealt with the urban forestry issues in piecemeal fashion.

Studies seek answers to water quality issues
AgriNews - 23 Aug 2005
The department found that Dakota County farmers do a good job of following University of Minnesota recommended nitrogen and pesticide application rates, Trescott said, but even so, there is widespread ground water contamination, particularly in the eastern part of the county. The study's purpose is to track what's going on with water quality.

Sustainable by design
Colorado Daily - 22 Aug 2005
In May, CU students and faculty built a garden on the east side of the Environmental Design building to grow vegetables and herbs for impoverished Boulder residents and to learn a thing or two about the principles of sustainable living.

Drone spy planes to keep eye on fires
Associated Press - 21 Aug 2005
Firefighters across the West are getting a high-tech ally in their battle against wildland flames: A remote-controlled spy plane that doesn't mind smoke, can see in the dark and never sleeps.

200-year experiment changes face of forest management
Oregon State University - 21 Aug 2005
A 200-year study of rotting logs in the Oregon Cascade Range is only 10 percent complete, but findings from this research have already helped save hundreds of millions of dollars, improved forest health and shattered conventional wisdom about the decay of woody debris.

In Catskills, learning to live near bears
New York Times - 21 Aug 2005
Brochures and refrigerator magnets were recently mailed to all residents explaining what steps they can take to discourage black bears from lumbering onto their property in search of their next meal. Among the strategies: putting out garbage only on the morning of pickup; hanging bird feeders only in winter, when bears are asleep in their dens; immediately washing dirty barbecue grills; and feeding pets only indoors.

NZ study finds good news for clean air
New Zealand Herald - 19 Aug 2005
New Zealand scientists have injected some good news into the gloom and doom of global warming by proving the atmosphere's natural cleaning agent is still doing its good work.

Global warming: Will you listen now, America?
The Independent - 19 Aug 2005
Two of the leading contenders to contest the next US presidential election have delivered an urgent warning to the United States on global warming, saying the evidence of climate change has become too stark to ignore and human activity is a major cause.

Toxic timebomb in city gardens
icBirmingham.com - 18 Aug 2005
Parents have been warned to stop their young daughters playing in the back garden because the soil is so toxic it could make them infertile.

Hybrid electric buses debut next week
News 14 Carolina - 18 Aug 2005
The Charlotte Area Transit Authority will begin using hybrid electric buses on some routes.

Lions and elephants on the Great Plains?
CNN.com - 18 Aug 2005
If a group of prominent ecologists have their way, lions and elephants could someday be roaming the Great Plains of North America.

Air pollution and forest clearance endanger Indian monsoon
alphagalileo.org - 17 Aug 2005
Increasing air pollution and forest conversion in South Asia could lead to a failure of the Indian summer monsoon. This has been shown by researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in a study exploring the stability of the Indian monsoon.

Forestry Branches Out
RedNova News - 17 Aug 2005
Over the past century the region has developed into one of the most wooded parts of the nation. This natural resource makes a vital contribution in many ways. Timber production yields raw materials for the much bigger processing industry. Woodlands also support tourism and play a key role in environment-led regeneration projects, such as the Great North Forest. Many owners have sought independent certification through the Forest Stewardship Council to demonstrate their woods are managed to high environmental standards.

Smart growth tops list of issues
The Desert Sun - 17 Aug 2005
Growth, public safety, downtown revitalization and fiscal responsibility are some of the topics Palm Springs City Council candidates discussed in personal statements released this week.

Planners look at growth, land use
Register-pajaronian.com - 17 Aug 2005
Members of the Watsonville Planning Commission took their first stabs at land use and growth management as part of a series of public hearings on Watsonville Vista 2030, the city’s general plan for the next 25 years.

High carbon dioxide levels spur southern pines to grow more needles
Duke University - 16 Aug 2005
A Duke University study has found that maturing stands of pines exposed to the higher levels of carbon dioxide expected by mid-century produce more needles than those absorbing today's levels of the gas, even under drought conditions. However, the study also found that lack of soil nutrients may impose limitations in many forests.

Privacy a thing of the past, even for wildlife
Globe and Mail - 15 Aug 2005
Like paparazzi of the wildlife world, a group of Alberta researchers are using dozens of heat-sensing cameras mounted on trees to surreptitiously snap photos of anyone and anything in this Rocky Mountain playground. The pictures provide proof that potentially dangerous wildlife such as cougars and bears are frequently in the same areas as people.

Birds in the black: Through following avian wildlife, a UM scientist has discovered that burned forests play a critical role
Missoulian - 15 Aug 2005
Back in the summer of 1988, when research scientist Richard Hutto started asking questions about the possible benefits of wildfires, the time wasn't exactly ripe for a reasoned discussion. Yellowstone National Park was going up in smoke, national forests looked like war zones, and the public was clamoring for more wildland firefighters, more firefighting dollars and more protection from blazes. "What I wanted to know," Hutto said, "was what in the world is a burned forest worth? Is there any value at all in all that destruction?"

Seeing a forest for the trees as trimming lags
Union-Tribune - 15 Aug 2005
In addition to potholes and burned-out streetlamps, the city sports trees so overgrown that some San Diegans are forking over their own money to have them trimmed. Residents complain that palm fronds and seeds from fruit pods litter their lawns. The fronds are heavy and sharp enough to dent cars and crack windshields when they fall. Overgrown trees also can obscure views and become traffic hazards. But trees bring a lot to the table. They reduce air pollution and their shade helps drive down energy costs. Their roots also fight bay pollution by absorbing runoff from rainstorms.

Forests' recreational value is scaled back
Washington Post - 15 Aug 2005
Forest Service officials have scaled back their assessment of how much recreation on national forest land contributes to the American economy, concluding that these activities generate just a tenth of what the Clinton administration estimated.

Living large, by design, in the middle of nowhere
The New York Times - 15 Aug 2005
America is growing. And it is growing the fastest here, at the farm-road margins of metropolitan areas, with planned communities sprouting up and becoming a prime focus.

Wildland Fire Update
National Interagency Fire Center - 14 Aug 2005
Fire activity was moderate around the country with 175 new fires yesterday. Four new large fires were reported, two in Idaho, and one each in Montana and Arizona. Firefighters contained two fires, one in Texas and the other in Washington. Fire danger is still high to extreme in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington

Sustainable forestry keeps on growing
EDIE Newsroom - 12 Aug 2005
Changes to two timber certification schemes will provide stronger assurance that wood is coming from sustainable sources.

Reclaimed wastewater: An idea that could soak in
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications - 11 Aug 2005
As water becomes ever more scarce, quenching thirsty crops with wastewater may be OK if done right, researchers here say.

In U.S., climate change may hit Southeast hardest
National Geographic - 11 Aug 2005
Climate experts say the continuing rise in global temperatures could affect some regions of the United States more than others.

100% 'straight soy' biodiesel already fueling engines
Star Tribune - 10 Aug 2005
Some metro diesel engine owners already are running full-bore on 100 percent soy-based biodiesel. Customers claim that "their engines run better, they get more miles per gallon, and it's clean-burning."

Herbicide-resistant weed plagues California
USA Today - 10 Aug 2005
Scientists in California have found clusters of the weed that are resistant to scores of herbicides, leaving farmers to fight an increasingly formidable and costly foe.

Sound forest management
The Pueblo Chieftain - 10 Aug 2005
The infestation is so bad in an area of the Rio Grande National Forest that the U.S. Forest Service has proposed a timber sale in 1,000 affected acres near Trujillo Meadows and Cumbres Pass along the New Mexico border. A successful bidder would weed out the damaged trees, thereby stemming the spread of the infestation and lessening the threat of wildfire. A forest spokesman said the service is aware that such a sale would be controversial to some people, despite the fact it is in a designated timber management area and is well-roaded. Unfortunately, there are those who would fight any forest management or timber harvest.

Energy Smart Schools
Smart Growth Online - 9 Aug 2005
Rebuild America focuses on helping schools make smart choices about energy.

Report: World land use is top environmental issue
GreenBiz.com - 9 Aug 2005
The massive conversion of the world's natural landscapes to agriculture and other human uses may soon begin to undermine the capacity of the planet's ecosystems to sustain a burgeoning human population.

America's public forests landlocked by sea of development
University of Wisconsin, Madison - 9 Aug 2005
America's national forests are beginning to resemble "islands" of green wilderness, increasingly trapped by an expanding sea of new houses, a forestry researcher will report today at the 90th annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Montreal, Canada.

Ventura's Infill-First Strategy seen as best choice to accommodate growth and preserve quality of life
Ventura County Star - 9 Aug 2005
City officials went beyond the state requirements to address land-use, housing, transportation, open space and other issues, by amassing community input for each of the document's 10 chapters.

Builders say zoning regulations, real estate middlemen keep them from building smart growth communities
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8 Aug 2005
Most area home builders would prefer to build communities according to smart-growth concepts, but rarely find it possible and in the end build only what zoning and regulations allow them to.

Alberta uses new strategy to fight beetle
CNews, Canada - 7 Aug 2005
Alberta will wrap up its aggressive summer campaign against the spread of the destructive mountain pine beetle by burning a forested valley northwest of Jasper.

Study forest resources thoroughly
IPP Media - 7 Aug 2005
A leading forest economist, Yonika Ngaga, has called for concerted efforts to undertake a study aimed at determining the actual contribution of forest resources to national income and human survival.

Ohio backs doomsday study of tree pest
ToledoBlade, OH - 7 Aug 2005
Ms. Smith is doing work for the initial phases of an ambitious study that could last 20 or more years: predicting what's in store for North America's forests if the devastating emerald ash borer ultimately spreads across the continent like wildfire.

Institute successfully clones trees
Danville Register and Bee, VA - 5 Aug 2005
'Basic research methods and findings can be applied to a wide variety of woody plants, thus enabling the ISRR to produce alternatives for landowners and to reduce costs across a broad array of crops. Modern plant science research techniques will allow us to quickly develop trees suited for uses ranging from improving urban environments to producing superior wood products.'

Fossil fuel emissions can overwhelm planet's ability to absorb carbon
University of California-Berkeley - 4 Aug 2005
One in a new generation of computer climate models that include the effects of Earth's carbon cycle indicates there are limits to the planet's ability to absorb increased emissions of carbon dioxide. If the rate of fossil fuel emissions is too high, the carbon storage capacity of the land and oceans decreases and climate warming accelerates.

Vermont could see first wind power project in national forest
Associated Press - 1 Aug 2005
The evergreen trees of the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont could soon be dwarfed by 370-foot-tall wind turbines. A company wants to build up to 30 of the turbines in the forest in what would be the first-ever wind power project on U.S. Forest Service land. The project would produce enough electricity to power 14,000 to 16,000 homes.