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2008-07-30 15:00:40

By DON BEHM Mequon -- Bald eagles will be assured of a permanent, secluded nesting area in the Milwaukee metropolitan area now that the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust has purchased a heavily wooded ravine and bluff on the Lake Michigan shore only a few miles north of the Milwaukee County border. The conservation organization acquired the 23-acre natural area - - home of the first successfully nesting bald eagles in the metropolitan area in more than 100 years -- from Lifestyle Development...

2008-07-30 15:00:40

NORWAY - The Western Foothills Land Trust invites community volunteers to enter into battle with the invasive "Rosa Multiflora" on Roberts Farm Preserve from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Multiflora rose is an aggressive colonizer of open unplowed land and is highly successful on forest edges. The prolific seed producer can create extremely dense, impenetrable thickets that crowd out other vegetation and inhibit regrowth of native plants, according to the Maine Extension...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 30--MEQUON -- Bald eagles will be assured of a permanent, secluded nesting area in the Milwaukee metropolitan area now that the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust has purchased a heavily wooded ravine and bluff on the Lake Michigan shore only a few miles north of the Milwaukee County border. The conservation organization acquired the 23-acre natural area -- home of the first successfully nesting bald eagles in the metropolitan area in more than 100...

2008-07-27 12:00:28

By Matthew E. Milliken, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 27--DURHAM -- Gently rolling hills. Cropland. Stands of timber. That's what you'll see these days when you visit Caywood Farm, the property about one mile south of the Person County line where Neil Frank lives with his wife and two teenage children. "It's beautiful rural scenery," said Frank, 54, a Lenovo employee who moved to the farm from Connecticut in the mid-1990s. If things go according to plan, the scenery will remain...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

By Karen Robinson, The Buffalo News, N.Y. Jul. 24--Criticism is surfacing about a strong push in Aurora to double the amount of land in the town protected from development. The questions have arisen a week after widespread praise dominated a public hearing on the proposal by the Western New York Land Conservancy and the town's Open Space Committee. "I'm all for preserving land, but in the most efficient way and at the least cost to taxpayers," Aurora Supervisor Dwight Krieger said,...

2008-07-23 12:00:49

Despite soaring jet fuel prices and struggling big airlines, an upstart commuter airline is not only starting a new and revolutionary air service, but also making a commitment to fully mitigate the environmental impact of the jet fuel it burns. In June, SeaPort launched a new regularly scheduled commercial air service between Seattle and Portland, offering multiple flights a day. SeaPort customers can arrive 15 minutes before their flight and avoid the hassles of TSA. Flights depart from...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Williams, Walt For more than 200 years, the Barnette family owned a beautiful swath of land along banks of the Coal River near St. Albans, and that is the way the grandfather of Curtis "Hank" Barnette wanted it to stay. "In his will, he said please keep this land in the family as long as possible," Barnette recalled. The Barnettes ultimately decided that the best way to honor their grandfather's wishes was to give up some of the land. Working with state officials and two nonprofit...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Gordon, Jim Paul Gallay, executive director of the Westchester Land Trust, will leave that position at the end of the month to head the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Starting July 1, the position of interim executive director will be filled by Tom Andersen, who is currently the Westchester Land Trust director of communication and special projects. The land trust is working with search firms to find candidates to serve as the permanent executive director. Under Gallay's eight years of...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Jannette Pippin, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Jul. 18--STELLA -- A vast stretch of the White Oak River and the marsh and farmland that extend from its banks were the backdrop for Harry Barker's childhood. "Some of my favorite memories are working on the farm and at the end of the day, if it wasn't dark, we'd be here swimming or fishing," Barker said while standing on a dock leading to the river's edge. Barker and his wife established a residence in Wilson after they married,...

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2008-07-17 06:00:00

By Danny Valentine For 18 years, Tom Dickerson has roamed his 9-acre Sarpy County prairie, notebook in hand, scribbling down the names of more than 100 plant species while delicately avoiding legions of ground hornets. He has documented more than 60 types of flowering plants alone, including his personal favorite, the bright orange butterfly milkweed and even the threatened western prairie fringed orchid. Like the threatened orchid, this prairie itself is rare -- virgin tall-grass prairie...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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