New York News
8:06 am
Fri December 26, 2014

NY Revises List Of Species Needing Conservation

Blanding's turtle.
Credit Wikipedia

  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has revised its list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, which is used to focus conservation resources where they're most urgently needed. The draft final list contains 372 species.

The list is part of developing the State Wildlife Action Plan, which enables New York to be eligible for federal funding through the State Wildlife Grants Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Anacondas And The Amazon - Paul Rosolie Eaten Alive To Air On The Discovery Channel This Sunday

  Over half of the world's wildlife has disappeared over the last 40 years. Paul Rosolie - a naturalist and conservationist who lives and works in the Mother of God region of the Amazon, one of the most remote areas of the rain forest - has dedicated his life to helping restore the balance.

This past summer Rosalie was swallowed by a giant anaconda - to bring attention to the region he loves. The television special detailing the journey into (and back out of the snake) will air on The Discovery Channel on Sunday, December 7th.

New York News
5:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New York State Protects "Hallowed Ground" Of Conservation Movement

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

State officials and others gathered at a small Adirondack cabin this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Act. 

On a Johnsburg hillside in Warren County, with an unobstructed view of forest and mountains, a crowd gathered at a modest-looking cabin. 

Since 1947, the cabin has been owned by the family of conservationist Howard Zahniser. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Federal Wilderness Act, much of it written by Zanhiser in his Adirondack refuge.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Underwater Museum: The Submerged Sculptures Of Jason deCaires Taylor

    A one-of-a-kind blend of art, nature, and conservation, The Underwater Museum re-creates an awe-inspiring dive into the dazzling under-ocean sculpture parks of artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

Taylor casts his life-size statues from a special kind of cement that facilitates reef growth, and sinks them to the ocean floor. There, over time, the artworks attract corals, algae, and fish, and evolve into beautiful and surreal installations that are also living reefs. This volume brings readers face to face with these wonders and explains the science behind their creation.

Hudson Valley News
3:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Scenic Hudson Preserves Land In Ulster County

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An environmental group has ensured the protection of 80 acres of land in New York’s Ulster County. It’s part of the group’s Save the Land That Matters Most campaign.

Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson has acquired a conservation easement ensuring the permanent protection of 80 acres of farm fields and woods in Esopus. Seth McKee is Scenic Hudson land conservation director. He says Riverhill Farm is within the Esopus-Lloyd Scenic Area of Statewide Significance.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Harvard Study Points Way To Conserve Massachusetts Forests

A newly released Harvard University study details the consequences of land-use decisions in Massachusetts.  It warns that current development patterns, if left unchanged, will have consequences for water quality and climate change.

If recent development trends continue Massachusetts would lose 13 percent of its forest land over the next 50 years which would undermine recent land conservation gains, threaten wildlife habitats, put drinking water supplies at risk and result in harsher consequences of climate change.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

MA Dept. of Fish and Game Reaches Milestone

On a hilltop in West Stockbridge, environmental officials announce the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game is now protecting 200,000 acres of land.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Environmental officials from across Massachusetts were in the Berkshires this week to celebrate a conservation milestone.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue October 8, 2013

ASA's 12th Annual Landcapes for Landsake Art Exhibition

Golden Autumn - David Hatfield

  The Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is a community-supported land trust dedicated to protecting our local farmland from encroaching development, working together with interested landowners and active supporters.

They will be holding their 12th Annual Art Exhibition to benefit farmland conservation this weekend at Maple Ridge in Cambridge. ASA Executive Director Teri Ptacek joins us to tell us more.

Hudson Valley News
1:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Scenic Hudson Preserves Hudson Highlands Acreage

Credit Russell Cusick, flickr

More than 100 acres has been preserved in New York’s Hudson Highlands.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Results Positive For First Massachusetts Bald Eagle Nesting Survey

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Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game have released their results of the first statewide bald eagle nesting survey, conducted earlier this spring.

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 30 active bald eagle nets have been verified in Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. The eagles were spotted as part of the state’s first bald eagle nesting survey, which was coordinated by the department’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and involved agency staff and volunteers.

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