The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018. Conasauga River snorkeling video courtesy of © Georgia Conservancy.

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Daly River birding

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One particularly good place to go birding in the Northern Territory is Daly River. Most people have heard of Daly River, because it is well-known for fishing and also crocodiles. Daly River views. Birding in the shade at the Daly River.

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River Run

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So when a group of friends invited me to join them in a float on the Blackfoot River, I agreed, although with some trepidation; though this spring’s flooding is over, water levels are still high and the rivers more challenging than usual.

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River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Asia Pacific Conservation Science Coral Reefs Forests TNC ScienceCoral bleaching dominates headlines about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but perhaps the most dangerous threat lurks on land, far away from the reef itself.

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Aquanauts Join Forces with The Nature Conservancy to Monitor River Restoration!

Nature Conservancy - Science

In preparation for the removal of the Columbia Dam and restoration of the river, the Aquanauts and The Nature Conservancy team up for a citizen science monitoring project. Citizen Science Forests Human Well-Being Restoration Rivers Try This Urban Conservation Water Water Quality

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Forest Fire on the Tazin River

Wend Magazine

Have you ever seen a forest fire up close? On Wednesday, the plumes of smoke grew closer and closer as we paddled south on the Tazin River. The eastern side of the river was on fire. In less than a minute the ¼ mile section of the river near us had erupted in flames.

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Rivers, Dams, and Drive-By Truckers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Concentration, Confrontation, Collaboration: The Future of River Conservation and Sustainable Hydropower. Now, lots of people think they are awesome, but I may be the only person who does so in part because among the stories they tell are a few about hydropower, rivers and people.

Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Forests. Beer relies on healthy, functioning forests. Without those forests, it’s difficult to find clean water. The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Topik, director of the Restoring America’s Forests initiative , knows this connection well. Forest Service lands.

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Songs from the Forest

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The song referred to is that of the Wood Thrush , one of the natural world’s most beautiful singers, and a familiar sound to anyone who has spent time in the forests of eastern North America in summer.

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The Lion Forest of India

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This park protects the largest remaining tract of dry deciduous forest in the west of India, offering visitors 37 species of reptiles, 38 species of mammals and, not to be forgotten – almost 300 bird species. An open Gypsy follows dirt tracks through dry deciduous forest dominated with teak. Gir comprises diverse habitats, from open scrubland to both dry deciduous and tropical thorn forest and evergreen corridors along the rivers.

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Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Binge ‘Til You Burst: Feast & Famine on Alaskan Salmon Rivers. Activities that impact small streams and rivers, such as logging, development, pollutants and climate change, therefore directly threaten these species. Why Do River Systems Need More Wood?

Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new study by the University of Notre Dame is showing that restored floodplain forests along the Wabash River in Indiana can help decrease the amount of nitrogen reaching the Gulf. Wabash River. More importantly, these restored floodplains are cleaning the river during floods.

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How Well are the World’s Rivers Protected?

Nature Conservancy - Science

To what extent are the world’s rivers protected? In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set a 17 percent target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. That pollution finds its way into a downstream river reach that flows through a well-protected reserve.

Exploring the Tazin River

Wend Magazine

Our travels have been good since leaving the dam on the Taltson River. The evening after leaving Kozo Lake, we camped at the confluence of the Taltson and the Tazin Rivers. Now are actually paddling on the Tazin River. This could only mean one thing–a forest fire.

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Hoemunsan Recreational Forest

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The bridge that no longer gets you across the river! We then went around the river to get to the spot and the birds were tricky…they talked and acknowledged our existence, but wouldn’t be seen.

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Dusty, Dry Forest Birding in Costa Rica

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I wonder how the birds cope with it but suppose that the dry forest species are more adapted to this fact of dry season life than the birds of the rain on the other side of the country. Yes, there are birds in those dry, dusty places, and you will see lots of them during the morning hours, especially in the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula where more forest equals more birds.

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Nature Conservancy - Science

Across the river and up a steep mountainside, birds-of-paradise call raucously through the rainforest canopy, adding their calls to the nearly deafening insect chorus. To the ear, both garden and forest are awash with noise. Morning in Musiamunat village.

Local activists are paying with their life to protect their forests in Peru

Green (Living) Review

Edwin Chota was killed in the forest he had fought to protect. Chota’s widow journeyed six days by river to the regional capital to report their deaths. activism environment forests green living

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How Fire Can Restore a Forest (TIME LAPSE VIDEO)

Conservancy Talk

Rich recently returned from an assignment for Nature Conservancy magazine documenting the regrowth of a forest after a controlled burn. I found myself in this beautiful old-growth forest on a unique mission: document the changes of a controlled burn using time-lapse photography.

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Penobscot River Dam Removal: Lessons for a World Demanding Energy

Nature Conservancy - Science

A Caterpillar demolition machine tears down the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River, Maine. Then, 100 years ago, a series of hydropower dams were built on the river that blocked the salmon migration ; their annual appearance nearly sputtered out.

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species.

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Checkerboard: Putting Western Forest Pieces Back Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

A checkered past still limits forest management in the West today. Last month The Nature Conservancy announced the purchase of 165,000 acres from Plum Creek Timber Company in the eastern Cascade Mountain Range of Washington and in the Blackfoot River Valley in Montana.

What do forest rights have to do with climate change?

Green (Living) Review

A friend rang to say that ranchers had attacked a group of Mayangna Indians in a forest near Musawas in Nicaragua, killing one of the Indians and injuring several others. Charlie—a forty-year old father of seven who farmed locally and panned for gold in nearby rivers—was the one who died.

Seeing the Salmon Forest through the Trees

Conservancy Talk

“We should create a hashtag for this assignment,” said Taylor Rees, the freelance producer who traveled with Travis Rummel of Felt Soul Media and me on a 10-day trip into Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Salmon forest.

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Go with the Flow: Using Flow Experiments to Guide River Management

Nature Conservancy - Science

A river’s form and function are profoundly woven together. Rivers and streams have seen widespread habitat and species loss, prompting extensive restoration efforts. Often, when people think of restoration, they think of a river’s form : How wide or meandering is the channel?

Camera Trap Chronicles: Wildlife of North Idaho’s Working Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Moose captured via trail camera in North Idaho’s forest. This forest ox roams the forests along the Vietnam and Laos borders; it’s one of the least known (it was not discovered by Western science until 1992) and most elusive large mammals. Large, public forests on one side.

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GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

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We continued up the steps and onto a forest trail as a Forest Robin began to sing some way into the forest, but time was of the essence as the first glimmers of dawn were already here and we wanted to ensure we were on the walkway as soon as possible.

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Berry Springs Nature Reserve and Darwin River Dam

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We headed off down the short trail and it soon became a boardwalk with dense rain-forest. I suggested that we visit Darwin River Dam next, because it was not far away and we had never been there. Crocodile warning at Darwin River Dam. A delightful pair of Forest Kingfishers perched on a tree in the last light as we left the dam area to return to town. Pair of Forest Kingfishers. Or I could rename this post… CROCODILES and SNAKES!

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Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been part of a crew of independent contractors working seasonally on whitebark pines for the US Forest Service. Aerial view of damage from the mountain pine beetle in a whitebark pine forest.

Gokarna Forest Resort: Kathmandu’s green sanctuary

Green Traveler Guides

A winding road climbs into the 700-acre forest of ancient trees that was once the private hunting grounds of the royal family. It must be a hoot watching monkeys scamper across fairways bounded by this magnificent forest. | Nepal Eco Luxury |.

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Sneak preview of documentary about a man who planted a tropical forest singlehandedly

Green (Living) Review

The 1,360 acre Molai Forest began as a barren sandbar in the middle of a river. The story captured his imagination and now he has made an award-winning documentary film about Payeng: Forest Man.

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Potrero de Yala – Lakes – Yungas Forest and Birds

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This is an important conservation area declared a Biosphere by UNESCO for its unique cloud forest ecosystem. This was a good choice and soon we were driving along the Yala River looking for the Rufous-throated Dipper. We found a large field on the right side with a downhill road to the left that led to the river. We parked and walked down to the river and there it was: the Dipper doing its thing for a minute or so before he took off down the river.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Atchafalaya River Basin: History and Ecology of an American Wetland (Texas A&M Press) is Piazza’s beautiful new synthesis of more than 300 contemporary and historic scientific studies of the ARB. PIAZZA: It started after the disastrous Mississippi River flood of 1927 , when the U.S.

Why Congress Should Fix How the U.S. Pays to Fight Wildfires

Conservancy Talk

Forest Service. Fighting these fires is draining the budgets of the very agencies that need to focus their resources on sustaining healthy forests and providing all the benefits of the nation’s public lands. Forest Service and Department of the Interior. Forest Service u.s.

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Babirusa: Conserving the Bizarre Pig of the Sulawesi Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

The babirusa roams the remote forests of Sulawesi and nearby Indonesian islands. It is found only on remote forested islands, where it evolved in isolation. It roams in large herds in the forest, and is now mainly restricted to protected areas.

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A Story at the Heart of the Conservancy

Conservancy Talk

After the war, she settled with her husband, Tony Anable, in Connecticut, and became enchanted with a nearby river. Historic photograph shows a group of volunteers planning a trail at Mianus River Gorge Preserve near Bedford, New York. © I recently learned about Gloria Hollister.

The Mystery of the Dying Mesquites

Nature Conservancy - Science

At first, Leonard Warren noticed a dying tree here and there as he walked along the river’s edge. Climate Change From the Field Climate Forests Plants TNC ScienceTheir yellow leaves stood out, but he didn’t find it especially unusual.

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Forests and Freedom

The Green Changemakers

Forests were central to Tagore’s works, just as they have been for India’s creative expression through centuries, writes Vandana Shiva. by Vandana Shiva Tagore started Santiniketan as a Tapovan – a forest school – both to take inspiration from Nature and to create an Indian Renaissance. All these institutions are thus connected, through the inspiration of Tagore, to the ancient culture of the forest. The peace of the forest has helped the intellectual evolution of man.

Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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By protecting 25 free-flowing Alaskan rivers in their natural state, we are almost doubling the size of our Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Chugach National Forest. Tongass National Forest. October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state.

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The Owls of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Texas

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Along with Hawk Mountain and the Platte River, there were two destinations in Texas near the top of the page – Padre Island National Seashore and the Rio Grande Valley. The 1.9-mile trail wanders down to the river; perfect for leisurely viewing.

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The Power of a Healthy Watershed for Energy Security in Gabon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Notes from the field: Mb é river watershed, Estuaire province, Gabon. Forests, Elephants, and Hydropower, Oh My! The day after arriving in Gabon, our team made the three-hour drive to the Mont de Cristal mountains along with partners from the Ministry of Forests and Water.

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Amazon and Other Regions at Risk as Brazil’s Senate Poised to Strip Forest Protections

Green (Living) Review

Forest area the size of Texas could be lost, says WWF. “ The proposed changes to the Forest Code severely contradict Brazil’s recent efforts to position itself as a global environmental leader. We are watching. a clear attempt to dismantle Brazil’s environmental legislation.

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Where the River Meets the Road: Reconnecting Adirondack Brook Trout Streams

Nature Conservancy - Science

Jewel of the Forest Stream. Flyfishing for brook trout draws many anglers to Adirondack waters like the Ausable River. It doesn’t hurt that they’re often found in almost impossibly picturesque places: crystal-clear bubbling creeks flowing through piney forests.