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2013-08-13 23:26:48

Famed scientist Jane Goodall, best known for her 54-year study of chimpanzees, has lent her support to Dr. Lynn Rogers, the founder of the Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center in northern Minnesota. Ely, MN (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has written Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton saying it would be a “scientific tragedy" if the nearly fifty year Wildlife Research Institute study on black bears is shut down by the state Department...

2010-10-29 13:15:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The state Department of Natural Resources is misdirecting money from a tax paid by sportsmen to some expenses far from the intent of the federal law overseeing those funds, a new investigative report has found. The Illinois Policy Institute looked closely at millions of dollars being spent in recent years under the Pittman-Robertson Act, which authorizes an 11 percent tax on guns, ammunition and fishing equipment to fund and promote sportsmen's pursuits....

2008-09-25 17:46:30

By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer The federal government has issued a fishery disaster declaration for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, potentially providing millions of dollars for watermen struggling with low harvests and tighter regulations. Federal and state officials praised the declaration issued yesterday by Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. "Maryland's blue crab and the traditional fishing industry that it supports face difficult times and the federal funding...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

By Gargi Chakrabarty The Department of Natural Resources charged, among other duties, with policing Colorado's oil and gas industry will see its budget grow modestly if voters approve Amendment 58 in November. The ballot measure calls for eliminating an ad valorem tax credit that allows oil and gas producers to reduce their severance tax payments to the state. If the measure passes, the state expects to collect an additional $300 million in severance tax revenue each year. Under the...

2008-09-17 15:00:20

By SCOTT WILLIAMS Waukesha -- For the second time in recent months, the state has filed suit to protect a Waukesha County lake against the perceived threat of encroaching shoreline development. A civil action filed last week seeks to block plans for new residential development on property east of Oconomowoc, between Okauchee Lake and tiny Garvin Lake. That follows a suit filed in July to stop a restaurant from operating less than 20 feet from the shores of Silver Lake, just south of...

2008-09-11 21:00:14

By ERIK ROBINSON An ecologically rich chunk of northwest Clark County would be permanently conserved under a land swap being considered by the county, the state Department of Natural Resources and a local family. The area encompasses 340 acres near Mud Lake, southwest of the confluence of the north and east forks of the Lewis River, and within a half-mile of a casino being proposed by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Much of the property is forested terrain within a canyon sloping to the lake...

2008-08-27 18:00:30

By SARA SEMELKA The Boone County Commission this month established a budget for a three-year project funded by a Department of Natural Resources grant to study the Hinkson Creek watershed and determine best-management practices for landowners in the environmentally sensitive area. The $501,483 grant includes a $200,599 in-kind match from the county. The funds will be used in part to hire a full-time temporary staff member who will oversee project activities that include public education...

2008-08-23 15:00:28

By RICK BARRETT They're not searching for a heart of gold, but the chance of finding even tiny amounts of the precious metal is driving prospectors to crawl along the banks of Wisconsin waterways in what's become a gold-panning frenzy. The increased activity in recreational prospecting, largely unregulated by state officials, has not gone unnoticed by the Department of Natural Resources. "It used to be that we would get inquiries about this every once in a while, maybe once in four...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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