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[ The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now ]

May 27, 2016

The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now (CO)

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[ The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now ]

May 27, 2016

The Federal Coal Program, Then and Now (DC)

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[ How climate change affects the monarch butterfly, and what we can do about it ]

An iconic American species is on the brink of extinction, but it’s not too late to reverse course.

     
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[ Floating solar panels are a perfect fit for drought-stricken states. Here’s why. ]

This innovation is a win-win for dry and sunny states that need clean energy and ways to cope with severe droughts.

     
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[ Map shows the wildest land linking protected areas of the U.S. ]

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[ Why a safer, healthier world is at hand ]

As Congress gets ready to pass a historic chemical safety bill, EDF Executive Director Diane Regas reflects on the birth of her first grandchild, and on raising three boys while trying to rid the United States of dangerous toxins.

     
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[ The Wilderness Society applauds new study on smarter transmission planning for renewable energy ]

Laura Bailey

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service and Department of Energy published a study detailing how the West-wide Energy Corridors (WWEC) for transmission lines and pipelines are being used. The agency also announced a strategy for improving the WWEC through Regional Reviews.

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[ Smile, Rabbit and Deer, you’re on Snapshot Camera ]

With the help of between 4,000 and 5,000 strategically deployed trail cameras, a suite of remote sensing satellites and a global crowd-sourced database, Wisconsin’s wildlife will soon have its prime time moment.

Snapshot Wisconsin is an unprecedented effort to capture in space and time the deer, bears, elk, coyotes, bobcats, badgers and any other wild animal that lumbers, hops, lopes or slithers across the Badger state. A collaboration of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), NASA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Snapshot Wisconsin aims to provide one of the richest and most comprehensive caches of wildlife data for any spot on our planet.

“Something like this has never been done before, not for such a large area,” notes UW-Madison Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology Phil Townsend, one of the leaders of the project. “The number of trail cams and the spatial scale we’re working on will make this project unique.”

So far, 500 cameras have been deployed, mostly in Iowa and Sawyer counties, the first two counties in the state to take part in the initiative. Several hundred more will be deployed in the coming months and more will be added over time as other Wisconsin counties become part of the project.

In particular, the DNR plans to use Snapshot Wisconsin data to help inform county deer advisory councils on deer and their predators. It will supplement existing programs that now monitor and estimate population sizes for different species. If successful, the project might reduce the need for other more expensive types of wildlife monitoring. For example, the DNR now measures wildlife species like coyotes and deer using airplanes over parts of the state.

Thanks to the UW News Service for the story.

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[ Human development gobbles up hundreds of miles of western land each year ]

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[ Wilderness Society praises local benefits of Maine Woods National Monument ]

Michael Reinemer

A private landowner currently owns these woods along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and wants to donate more than 87,000 acres to the United States. 

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