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2009-07-07 13:30:00

DAVIS, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten California projects, sponsored by eight partnering organizations, have been selected for funding through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), a new program established in the 2008 Farm Bill and administered by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. The projects will receive a targeted portion of the funds available to the Agency through conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives...

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2009-02-18 13:42:43

In Los Angeles, scientists are studying the largest known cache of fossils from the ice age. Researchers from the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits expect the cache to double the size of the museum's ice age collection, which is currently the world's largest, according to the LA Times. Since 1906, more than one million bones have been found at the historic site. Scientists have already reported the discovery of a skull of an American lion and bones of saber-toothed cats, dire...

2008-09-07 12:00:11

By Garance Burke Associated Press VISALIA, Calif. -- Federal researchers are warning that warming temperatures could soon cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season. Hot, dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, according...

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2008-09-05 13:00:00

Warming temperatures will cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season, federal researchers warned. Recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey said hot and dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Nathan Stephenson, a...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By STICKLEY, Marcus A large sequoia tree in Stoke, thought to be more than 130 years old, will be chopped down after the Nelson City Council discovered it is not protected. The tree on the corner of Sequoia Way and Main Rd Stoke is one of two remaining on the property of Bryan and Tracey Parks. A wind- storm last month toppled a third tree into their home. Council parks and facilities manager Paul McArthur said records showed only one protected sequoia on the property and the Parks...

2008-08-16 00:00:09

U.S. researchers said the bones of wolves can provide scientists with a better picture of environmental change than tree rings can. "Since the widespread combustion of fossil fuels, we have put a human fingerprint on atmospheric carbon dioxide," Joseph Bump, a forest science researcher at Michigan Technological University, said in a release. "That fingerprint shows up in trees, and it shows up in animals that eat trees, but it shows up with the least variation in the top predators." Bump...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

By Esther Avila, The Porterville Recorder, Calif. Jul. 2--Two Giant Sequoia seedlings were planted Tuesday morning at Supervisor's Headquarters in Porterville in honor of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument's centennial birthday. "When we look back, we count 100 years of growth and achievement and we have a lot to celebrate," said Mary Chislock, public affairs officer with U.S. Forest Service. "We began in 1908 when there was nothing, and today we are...

2008-06-16 09:00:34

Homeowners struggling to grow grass under mature shade trees wage a losing battle. Each spring, they scuff up the spots where the lawn is missing or thin, then scatter new topsoil and grass seed. They water. The grass seed germinates. But before long, the bare spots are back. Big trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like some maples, cast dense shade, making it difficult to impossible for grass to survive underneath. In addition, the trees' roots soak up most of the available water. No...

2005-11-14 20:03:38

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge temporarily barred a logging project on Monday that would have included a small section of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument. The plan in question would thin trees across 1,322 acres , of which under a quarter are within the Giant Sequoia National Monument, in an effort to protect a small local community against forest fires, said Matt Mathes, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in California. The Monument spans 328,000 acres...

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2005-02-09 07:37:13

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- A giant sequoia considered to be the second biggest tree on earth is fighting for its life after being hit by a succession of fires and storms. The huge Washington Tree in northern California's Sequoia National Park, which was 115 meters (254 feet) high and measures 45.9 meters (101 feet) in circumference, could be dying after a lifespan of 2,500 to 3,200 years. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted park ranger Alexandra Picavet as saying that fires in 2003 and snow and...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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