WUI in the News

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Apr 2007 contains 19 News Articles.

Restoring safe-nest habitat for plovers
Atlantic City Press, NJ - 17 Apr 2007
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unveils the results of a $50,000 Piping Plover Habitat Restoration Project Monday morning. The project will hopefully increase nesting success for the federally listed species.

Scientists detail climate changes, poles to tropics
The New York Times - 12 Apr 2007
From the poles to the tropics, the earth’s climate and ecosystems are already being shaped by the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases and face inevitable, possibly profound, alteration, says the world’s leading scientific panel on climate change.

New study sheds light on long-term effects of logging after wildfire
Pacific Northwest Research Station, OR - 12 Apr 2007
A new study on the effects of timber harvest following wildfire shows that the potential for a recently burned forest to reburn can be high with or without logging.The exact nature of fuel accumulation over time is the key to understanding fire hazard.

Ordinance aims to cut weeds, fire risk, insurance costs
The Napa Register, CA - 12 Apr 2007
The Napa County Fire Department is crafting its first countywide weed abatement ordinance, something that could force cleanup of areas near homes in high-risk fire areas and help drive down insurance costs.

Join dialogue now on rural land changes
The Sun News, SC - 12 Apr 2007
As the vast majority of acreage in the state is determined to be "rural" by U.S. Census definition, such conversions are no doubt a sign of welcome economic progress in struggling communities. However, in many rapidly growing areas of the state and country, the pace of conversion and often disjointed nature of development in the rural-urban interface has resulted in increased calls for decisive policy to stem the loss of irreplaceable agricultural lands.

Urban sprawl threatens farms; rural land disappearing, report says
The Kingston Whig-Standard, Canada - 12 Apr 2007
According to a new study, conflict between urban and rural interests in Kingston is threatening traditional farmland.

Paving craze runs urban wildlife out of town
Telegraph, UK - 10 Apr 2007
An environmental report claims that cities and towns are now among the most vulnerable habitats for wildlife in Britain, due largely to the destruction of greenery in private gardens.

Forests need your help
Denver Post, CO - 10 Apr 2007
If current policies and trends continue, the U.S. Forest Service estimates that 44 million acres of forest land will be lost just to urban sprawl between now and 2030. With so much at stake, the forestry conservation provisions in the farm bill need to include strong support for family forest landowners. Congress will soon be debating this bill, and the result is likely to have a huge influence on America's forests.

DNR worries bullfrogs are MN's invasive species
Associated Press, MN - 10 Apr 2007
An unprecedented spread of the bullfrog population has Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials worried that the carnivorous little animals may be the state's next invasive species.

World leaders to grapple with climate change security threat
TechNewsWorld - 5 Apr 2007
The United Nations Security Council put climate change on its agenda for the first time, warning global warming could be a catalyst for new conflict around the world. An international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a sweeping, detailed plan to combat climate change, warning that failure would produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading drought and disease, expanding oceans and displaced coastal populations.

Eagles land and cause a flap
The Philadelphia Inquirer - 5 Apr 2007
For the first time in two centuries, a bald eagle pair has made Philadelphia its home. However, development plans and the possibility of being delisting from the Endangered Species Act in the near future has threatened the newly settled couple.

Newly opened mixed-use project returns green space to dense urban setting
Multi Housing News, Tokyo - Japan - 5 Apr 2007
Comprising more than one million square feet, Tokyo's newly opened Midtown tower was designed around the concept "diversity on the green." In compliance with a local ordinance, 40 percent of the 25-acre site -- which was formerly occupied by Japan's Self-Defense Agency -- is now green space in the densely populated Roppongi neighborhood.

City officials bike to work
The Herald, Mexico - 5 Apr 2007
Hoping to ease congestion and diminish air pollution in this chaotic metropolis of more than 18 million people, the municipal government is mandating that every city employee must bicycle to work at least once a month.

Citizens push for growth controls
Herald Tribune, FL - 5 Apr 2007
pair of growth-control measures that seem headed for a November vote could hamstring developers' ability to build dense residential projects on rural land.

Too many deer in too many places, damaging forest ecosystems
Audobon Pennsylvania - 5 Apr 2007
The over-browsing of Pennsylvania's forests and agricultural areas by too many deer in too many places has eliminated thousands of acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife, and represents the largest single threat to bird habitat after urban sprawl, according to Timothy D. Schaeffer, Ph.D., Executive Director of Audubon Pennsylvania.

Partnerships help solve growth issues in Florida
Farm Press, Florida - 3 Apr 2007
Finding realistic and equitable legal solutions to a wide range of important growth management issues - especially those that affect agriculture, green space, water resources and energy - is easier thanks to a new partnership between the University of Florida’s Extension Service and UF’s Levin College of Law.

Drought causes concern for wildfire season
The Herald Review, MN - 3 Apr 2007
Current drought conditions for the majority of northern Minnesota have surpassed abnormally dry, moderate and even severe to be labeled extreme, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

County manager: Expansion of wildland-urban interface should aid protection
Ruidoso News, NM - 3 Apr 2007
An expansion of a government-recognized wildland-urban interface area in Mexico will allow coordination of fire hazard reduction projects with more entities in the counties of Lincoln and Otereo.

Forest management gets mixed grades
Mail Tribune, Oregon - 3 Apr 2007
An analysis by the Forest Guild, a nonprofit national organization of natural resource professionals, found that the BLM is making strong efforts to balance regulations with shifting demographic and forest trends to proactively address important issues related to fuel risk and forest health, particularly in the wildland-urban interface. However, it was suggested that the federal government could still improve its record keeping and increase public participation in planning fuel reduction treatments.