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Good News About Trees and the Environment

Stories this week:

$10 million forest restoration project in tri-state Great Lakes area will help preserve several at-risk species, including Golden-winged Warbler, American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Black-billed Cuckoo, Moose, Canada lynx, and Northern long-eared bat.

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New study reveals that Western dry forests are affected 7 times more by insect outbreaks and droughts than they are by wildfires. Forests have historically contained up to 92% small trees, so reversing the modern restoration treatment of removing small trees will increase the resilience of the dry (tall pine) forests, as the smaller trees are attacked by insects less than larger ones.

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According to experts from the U of Copenhagen, crops are able to do their own weed control, if we would plant in tight grid patterns, rather than in rows. The employment of new seed-sowing techniques would allow farmers to use little or no pesticides on crops, to obvious advantage to the environment in general, not to mention our own health.

South Africa said on Thursday that it had moved around 100 rhinos to unspecified neighboring states as part of efforts to stem the illicit slaughter of the animals for their horns. Home to around 80 percent of the global rhino population, South Africa is at the epicenter of a poaching crisis. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told a news briefing that for security reasons, the precise countries where the rhinos had been moved would not be named.

A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national park

India’s tiger population has increased by nearly a third to 2,226, a recent government survey showed, boosting conservation efforts in the country with more than half the world’s population of the endangered big cats. Conservation experts credit the increase to better management and policing of tiger habitats across the country.

Raja Royal Bengal Tiger rests inside tiger rescue centre at Jaldapara

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Scientist has found that inoculating Whitebark pine seedlings with Siberian slippery jack fungus spores increases their chance of survival amid mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust that has been devastating northern forests. Visit my website for further details on this and the rest of the following stories.

Cathy Cripps

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Elderly Indian (from India) couple planted and tended 300 trees along a hot dusty road for over a half century. Nice story.

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On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent bulbs, in a move that will save monster amounts of energy and money.

and … U.S. appeals court ruled that Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and Orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California.

An aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California

A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.   :))

Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.  (Good luck on THAT ever happening!)

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Positive News Stories from The Treetalker

Scientist has found that inoculating Whitebark pine seedlings with Siberian slippery jack fungus spores increases their chance of survival amid mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust that has been devastating northern forests. Visit my website for further details on this and the rest of the following stories.

Cathy Cripps

http://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com

Elderly Indian (from India) couple planted and tended 300 trees along a hot dusty road for over a half century. Nice story.

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On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent bulbs, in a move that will save monster amounts of energy and money.

and … U.S. appeals court ruled that Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and Orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California.

An aerial view of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California

A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.   :))

Dietary guidelines released by the government every five years lay out recommendations for healthy eating. Next year’s version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.  (Good luck on THAT ever happening!)

54a6eafda46d6.image

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