conservation

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As the warm weather arrives and summer tourism season begins, a leading conservation and preservation organization in Massachusetts is showcasing many of its properties.  The Trustees of Reservations owns beaches, forests, and parklands, as well as several cultural treasures.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s president Barbara Erickson.

  The Columbia Land Conservancy is a county-wide accredited land trust working with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County.

They have their annual Country Barbecue, on Sunday, May 24th, which is a celebration showcasing their conservation work in the region.

Peter Paden is the Executive Director of the Columbia Land Conservancy’s and joins us to talk about their programs and achievements in support of local agriculture that will be highlighted at Sunday’s Barbecue.

  For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine “natural” ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong—what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders?

In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey across six continents to rediscover what conservation in the twenty-first century should be about. The case for keeping out alien species, he finds, looks increasingly flawed. As Pearce argues, mainstream environmentalists are right that we need a rewilding of the earth, but they are wrong if they imagine that we can achieve that by reengineering ecosystems.

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  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.

 

  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.

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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.

    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.

Scenic Hudson Preserves Land In Ulster County

Jun 18, 2014
Scenic Hudson

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.

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.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

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

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