WUI in the News
Here you can find current news articles about wildland-urban interface issues in the U.S. and abroad. Please note that while Interface South maintains news archives for reference, the links may no longer be active. You may need to contact the source or host website for more information.
Sep 2007 contains 40 News Articles.
Wildlife's suffering on the roads rises
Star News Group, Australia - 28 Sep 2007
A koala hit by a car in Cranbourne, Australia last week has highlighted the problems of nature versus urban growth.
Open space planning must start early, state parks director said
Cronkite News Service, AZ - 26 Sep 2007
Leaders and citizens are failing to consider spaces that should be preserved at all cost as Arizona grows, and there's no way to replace what's being lost, the executive director of Arizona State Parks says.
Bear-ly Making It
MSCNBC, Nevada - 26 Sep 2007
This summer, bears have been showing up in suburban backyards and dumpsters throughout the West in states like Colorado, Idaho and Montana. A reporter follows a wildlife biologist to find out how these conflicts are managed in suburban areas.
Invasive crabs found flourishing in Panama
Science Daily, Panama City - 25 Sep 2007
Scientists have found a harmful invasive crab species has become established and is reproducing in a lake that's to become part of the Panama Canal.
Global Corporate Climate Change Report Released
Science Daily - 25 Sep 2007
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a collaboration of over 315 institutional investors with assets under management of more than $41 trillion, releases its 5th annual global report, providing the largest and most comprehensive database of strategies from the world's largest corporations regarding the impact of climate change on shareholder value.
Making the Case for Compact Development
New York, USA - 24 Sep 2007
Researchers argue that more compact development (such as Atlantic Station, a mixed-use complex in Atlanta built on reclaimed industrial land, shown at right) must play a key role if this country is to reduce emissions.
Lane County's urban-forest fire risks rank high in study
The Register-Guard, Oregon - 24 Sep 2007
A national study released this week warns that firefighting costs will soar if housing development near forests continues.
Are You Brush Fire-Ready?
Home and Lifestyle, CA - 24 Sep 2007
People who live outside of the area usually recognize the Santa Clarita Valley for two things: It's the home of a popular theme park, and brush fires are common here when the weather gets hot, windy and dry.
Gardening on the wild side
Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence, KT - 21 Sep 2007
Lawrence resident Jenna Coker’s yard has been certified as a National Urban Wildlife Retreat by the National Wildlife Federation. The East Lawrence landscape qualifies because it provides food, water and shelter for wildlife, and adheres to sustainable gardening practices.
Cut sprawl, help environment, report says
Baltimor Sun, U.S. - 21 Sep 2007
Suburban sprawl is the missing link in climate change, a group of urban planning researchers said today, warning in a new report that global warming can only be slowed by changing development patterns to reduce the need for driving.
City creatures present opportunities, challenges (Part II of story)
New York Times, NY - 20 Sep 2007
Authors discuss the challenges of living with urban wildlife in the conclusion of a two-part story on wildlife that increasingly chooses to live among humans in urban neighborhoods.
IEA report: bioenergy can meet 20 to 50% of world's future energy demand
International Energy Agency - 20 Sep 2007
In a new publication the International Energy Agency's Bioenergy Executive Committee highlights the potential contribution of bioenergy to future world energy demand. It summarises the wide range of biomass resources available and potentially available, the conversion options, and end-use applications.
New Report Highlights Social Dimensions of Community-based Forest Restoration Project
Ecological Restoration Institute - 20 Sep 2007
Social scientists recently completed a qualitative report for the Ecological Restoration Institute about the social dimensions of the White Mountain Stewardship Contract (WMSC), which is underway in Wildland-Urban Interface areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in east-central Arizona.
City Critters Thrive
New York Times, NY - 19 Sep 2007
Urban wildlife, according to experts with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, is in a state of continuous evolution as species either learn to profit by the immediate presence of man. This article presents a brief overview of the benefits that urban wildlife can contribute to city communities.
Creating livable communities aids growth
The Daily Advertiser, LA - 19 Sep 2007
Smart growth is critical to the long-term economic sustainability of metropolitan regions. By emphasizing strategies such as the revitalization of depressed areas, the reuse of aging buildings, redevelopment of dying strip centers and development of vacant and abandoned properties, communities can build the tax base for the benefit of both city and suburb dwellers.
Arctic ice loss: Northwest Passage now open, says space agency
Paris, France - 17 Sep 2007
The Northwest Passage, the dreamed-of yet historically impassable maritime shortcut between Europe and Asia, has now fully opened up due to record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).
Developer set to begin on Lake Forest plan
Memphis Online, Memphis, TN - 17 Sep 2007
Developers begin the first phase of what is to become a walkable, smart-growth, mixed-use community in Tennessee.
Deer Management Forums Set
Grand Haven Tribune, MI - 14 Sep 2007
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Department of Forestry and Wildlife, and MSU Extension office work together to create a citizen task force to develop a management plan for the growing deer population in Grand Haven, M.
Forest Service Clarifies Internal Policies for Wind Energy
Forest Service, Washington DC - 14 Sep 2007
In an effort to respond to the national need for renewable energy sources while improving the protection of natural resources, the U. S. Forest Service announced today proposed amendments to clarify internal policies regarding wind energy development.
Goat grazing gets OK
OC Register, CA - 13 Sep 2007
Fire Chief Mike Macey told the City Council last week that despite environmental concerns, Laguna Beach's brush-grazing goats are the most efficient option for fuel modification. The goats are currently being used to establish fuel modification zones along certain segments of the city's wildland urban interface.
A wildlife haven in a national forest
Easier - Chester,UK - 13 Sep 2007
Woodland shelters, installed as part of the National Forest’s Visitor Infrastructure Project, will become wildlife havens thanks to an imaginative design incorporating a ‘living roof’.
A new vision for growth
Pasadena Star News, CA - 12 Sep 2007
The city council approves news "smart growth" development plans for Pasadena, CA, including a plan to create a $1.2 billion dollar transit center around the city's Metrolink station.
Lottery honors county open space project
Coloradoan, CO - 12 Sep 2007
The Colorado Lottery honored a Larimer County Parks and Open Lands project Tuesday with its annual Sunburst Conservation Award for excellence in protecting open space.
Township wants 2 cents more for open space tax
Star Ledger, NJ - 12 Sep 2007
With its horse-riding trails and community-supported organic garden, township residents of Frelinghuysen, NJ, are considering whether to increase the amount residents pay to preserve open space.
Utilities Can Protect America's Wildlife
Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C. - 11 Sep 2007
Power companies, sewage treatment plants, and water providers can protect large amounts of wildlife habitat in cooperation with state governments, says a recent study by the nonpartisan Environmental Law Institute (ELI).
Berthoud develops wildfire protection plan
The Longmont Daily Times,CO - 10 Sep 2007
When housing begins to intermingle with wildlands, the results can be dangerous. To identify high-risk neighborhoods and take action to lower that risk, officials from the Berthoud Fire Protection District have developed a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Critter control - How to keep the wildlife in the wild
The Forth Leavenworth Lamp, KS - 10 Sep 2007
This article describes the common wildlife likely to cause human altercation in Kansas, and how to live comfortably with animals in the wildland urban interface.
Side with safety
The News Observer, NC - 10 Sep 2007
As communities in North Raleigh begin to rebuild after February's wildfires, citizens debate the use of fire proof materials in the new building plans.
Countryside to be swallowed up by urban growth
Northhampton Chronicle, England - 10 Sep 2007
Urban growth and the development of power stations, roads and airports could swallow up what is left of England's undisturbed countryside by the end of the century, campaigners warned today.
Open Space Stalls Edward Condos
Vail Daily, CO - 10 Sep 2007
Proposals for the Edwards Condominiums project in downtown Edwards, CO, were stalled after a legal dispute arose as to whether or not the land is open space.
Scientists and the city
High Country News, AZ - 7 Sep 2007
Socioeconomics determines a lot about our environment: what kind of housing we live in, how far we have to commute to work, the quality of our children's schools. Urban ecologists discuss the effect of socioeconomic status on the standard of living as well as the surrounding environment of residents in cities like Phoenix, AZ.
What would it take to make your home safe?
The Register Gaurd, Oregon - 6 Sep 2007
With two more months of fire season to go, the state agency is sponsoring a "Defensible Space Makeover Contest," for those who dwell in East Lane County's wildland-urban interface.
City urged to do more to prevent fires
The News Observer, NC - 5 Sep 2007
A study commissioned by Raleigh officials in response to a fire that damaged or destroyed 38 townhouse in February recommends that the City Council adopt new measures to prevent the kinds of urban wildfires that are typically found out West.
Dog-walking 'can harm wildlife'
Telegraph, UK - 5 Sep 2007
Dogs are the four legged foes of natural wildlife and not their friends, according to the first study to quantify the effects on local birds of taking them for a walk.
Wildfires: Homes Fuel The Fires More Than Forests
Science Daily - 4 Sep 2007
New research shows that fireproofing homes can be a significant factor in preventing the spread of wildfires in communities living in the urban wildland interface.
Hungry Colorado bears look for humans' food
Reuters; CO - 4 Sep 2007
After a bad season decreased their natural food supply, hungry bears are drawn into suburban and urban areas in search of food, where conflicts with humans inevitably arise.
Acadiana Association of Realtors: Costs rise for communities that don't control sprawl
The Daily Advertiser - 4 Sep 2007
Economists identify economic incentives behind embracing smart growth in developing and existing communities across the nation.
New Forecast for Climate Debate
Wall Street Journal - 4 Sep 2007
A consensus that the world should pursue vastly bigger cuts in fossil-fuel emissions is likely to emerge from a flurry of global-warming diplomacy in coming weeks. The worldwide focus is now on developing a climate change agreement that will succeed that of the Kyoto Protocol, which ends in 2012.
Library writes the book on going green
SeaCoast Online, NH - 4 Sep 2007
A new public library becomes a model of sustainable development in Portsmouth, NH by becoming the first municipal building in the state to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.
'Vine that ate the South' is moving north, with locations in Delaware
Delaware Online - 4 Sep 2007
As the highly invasive, noxious weed known as kudzu slowly makes its way northward, states such as Delaware and Pennsylvania are initiating "rapid response" plans and allocating appropriate funds in order to prevent the spread of the weed itself, as well as the many environmental and economic problems that accompanies its invasion.