WUI in the News

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Mar 2007 contains 17 News Articles.

England to tap into forest biomass resource
Edie, England - 29 Mar 2007
The Forestry Commission of England has developed a strategy that aims to generate an extra 2m tonnes of wood fuel a year by 2020 - an increase that would cut carbon emission by an annual 400,000 tonnes.

Beyond the green house, an eco-garden
Bainbridge Island Review, WA - 29 Mar 2007
About 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat are converted to housing or other suburban uses each year in Washington. Gardener Carrie West of Eagledale uses natural remedies and landscape design to keep her garden growing green and to provide a sanctuary for wildlife in the midst of urban sprawl.

Global warming will make climates 'disappear'
The Australian, Australia - 29 Mar 2007
IF trends in global warming continue, South Australia's climate would vanish by 2010, taking with it vulnerable plants and animals.

USDA Announces air quality grants
Western Farmer Stockman, WA - 29 Mar 2007
USDA is awarding $5 million to 10 universities for research, extension and education activities on practices that will reduce agricultural air emissions and odor levels.

Manage water use wisely
Sun2Surf, Malaysia - 29 Mar 2007
Malaysia's National Water Resources Council (NWRC) has agreed that bylaws will be drafted to make it compulsory for bungalows, factories, and schools to include rainwater harvesting systems.

Schwarzenegger Appoints Katherine Dargan State Fire Marshal
YubaNet, CA - 27 Mar 2007
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Katherine "Kate" Dargan as California's first woman state fire marshal. She replaces Ruben Grijalva, who was appointed director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (CDF). Dargan serves as co-chair of the Wildland-Urban Interface Committee and is an appointed member to the Napa County Watershed Board.

Firewise Communities Association named in North Georgia
The Weekly, GA - 27 Mar 2007
Four north Georgia neighborhood groups have banded together to become Georgia’s first multi-community Firewise USA Association. In a ceremony March 9, the Georgia Forestry Commission and Firewise USA recognized The Wildcat Community, Inc., for achieving a high level of protection against wildland and urban interface fires.

Canada must be a clean energy superpower: PM
CBC News, Canada - 22 Mar 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that as Canada is set to become an energy superpower, it must also take responsibility for the environmental consequences.

$600,000 set aside for green space
Evening Sun, PA - 22 Mar 2007
Adams County will set aside an additional $600,000 next year for land-preservation efforts with the adoption of the Green Space Grant Program.

Agriculture Secretary Johanns Announces $6.2 Million for Woody Biomass Utilization Projects
Washington, DC - 22 Mar 2007
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the award of $6.2 million in grants to more than two dozen small businesses and community groups to develop innovative uses for woody biomass, including renewable energy and new products, from national forests.

Recent wildfires show defensible space crucial for saving lives, homes
Siskiyou Daily News, California - 22 Mar 2007
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, now called CAL FIRE, recently moved equipment and personnel to Southern California in anticipation of possible fires due to recent high winds and low humidity. The agency also issued a press release reminding homeowners in areas susceptible to wildfire to protect their property with Defensible Space as required by state law.

Reignited wildfires in Sevier County contained
News Sentinel, TN - 8 Mar 2007
Firefighters from municipal fire departments united with forestry and park personnel to battle blazes in the wildland-urban interface of the Great Smoky Mountains. The effort combined the structural fire fighting strategies of urban fire departments with the wildfire control tactics of the forestry division to put out fires threatening several mountain top homes.

Former Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on fire, frustration and the future of the woods
Missoula Independent, MO - 8 Mar 2007
Recently retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Dale Bosworth, speaks freely about his 40 years in the U.S. Forest Service. He comments on the changes in the agency that have occurred in this time, the impact of fire and fuels, invasive species, loss of open space, issues in the wildland urban interface, and the future our forests.

Texas Forest Service requests firefighting funds
Texarkana Gazette, Texas - 8 Mar 2007
The Texas Forest Service requested an increase in funding of $20 million dollars for its Wildfire Protection Program. In the past, Texas has lost over $628 million in property losses due to wildfires. The extra funding would be used to hire an additional 263 personnel to be firefighters, mitigation and prevention personnel for stations around the state.

Green building design competition: A first in Israel
Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel - 8 Mar 2007
The Ministry of Environmental Protection has launched a conceptual green building design competition. The purpose of the competition is to raise the awareness of architects, developers and consumers in Israel of the advantages of the new standard and to expose architects to the principles incorporated in the standard.

Government eases restrictions to control geese population
Channel 13 Eyewitness News - 8 Mar 2007
In an about-face, US wildlife officials have changed the rules concerning a federally protected species. Due to a steadily increasing population of the birds, conflicts between Canada geese and their human neighbors have become common in urban areas. In hopes to thin the population, the US Fish and Wildlife service is now making it easier to destroy the eggs and nests of resident Canada geese that live in urban areas.

Florida weighs its stance on killing alligators as complaints rise
South Florida Sun Sentinel - 8 Mar 2007
As urban development pushes the Florida alligator from its habitat, complaints of nuisance animals have been on the rise. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is holding a series of public hearings (March 14-15, West Palm Beach) to engage public input on a possible proposal to consider reclassifying the alligator from a species of concern to a game animal. This reclassification would essentially allow for an increase in hunting permits for the species.