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2010-03-11 12:30:25

USDA Forest Service researchers found that site fidelity, the tendency to return to previously occupied habitats, is strong in the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog. Research showed how the cumulative effects of a changing climate and introduced non-native trout are negatively impacting the habitat of a species already gone from 90 percent of its historic localities, and will further stress frogs with strong site fidelity. In a 10-year study using mark-recapture methods, Kathleen Matthews and...

2009-08-10 14:16:29

U.S. officials announced Monday at the 65th birthday of Smokey Bear in Washington that the anti-forest fire icon is going bilingual with a new book. The U.S. Forest Service said the fire prevention symbol will inform children in a book written in both English and Spanish on ways to prevent forest fires and wildfires, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday. Smokey Bear is one of the most beloved symbols in American history, and his important message has been communicated to generations of...

2009-06-30 08:56:00

Smokey Bear stars in new CG-animated PSAs and appears on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube in time for July 4th WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advertising Council joined today with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to celebrate Smokey Bear's 65th birthday and provide critical information to Americans about wildfire prevention. The television, radio, print and online PSAs are...

2008-12-31 20:22:27

A Florida fire chief said a 6-foot-tall wooden Smokey Bear cut-out was stolen from outside of his fire station. Fire Chief Michael Carver of the Hortense Volunteer Fire Department said the handcrafted Smokey Bear was stolen Friday night from where it had been bolted to a wildfire danger sign outside of the station, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported Wednesday. Smokey the Bear is missing. He's gone, and we would love to have him back home where he belongs, Carver said. Chief Ranger...

2008-08-04 15:00:00

By Mike Branom, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Aug. 4--If Americans can be taught to not litter in the wilderness, said the man in charge of the Southwest's national forests, they can be taught to stay on trails when riding their all-terrain vehicles. Preventing tire tracks from spreading throughout the U.S. Forest Service's deserts, timberlands and grasslands is just one challenge facing Corbin Newman. Now in his eighth month on the job as regional forester, Newman also must protect lives,...

2007-11-24 06:00:20

By Kurylo, J S Knight, K S; Stewart, J R; Endress, A G KURYLO, J. S. (Division for Ecology and Conservation Science, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL 61820), K. S. KNIGHT (USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Delaware, OH 43015 and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, 100 Ecology Building, 1987 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108), J. R. STEWART (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois...

2007-06-13 09:05:36

Libby Creek Ventures (LCV), based in Spirit Lake, Idaho, is pleased to announce USDA Forest Service (FS) and Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) joint issuance of an exploration license to perform targeted drilling: FS/DEQ permit is for exploration of strategic minerals in the Kootenai National Forest on mining claims held by LCV since 1984, formerly the Big John Mining Company and Rodan Company. Presently, LCV is performing feasibility studies as to a prospectus for...

2005-09-28 16:52:44

Just released analyses by USDA Forest Service researchers reveal underlying patterns in wildland arson. Research forester Jeff Prestemon and economist David Butry, both from the FS Southern Research Station economics unit at Research Triangle Park, NC, have developed a model that can help law enforcement agencies better predict where and when fires might be set in wildland areas and adopt strategies to reduce the risk of arson. Over 1.5 million fires are set by arsonists each year in the...

2005-08-30 14:09:16

PORTLAND, Ore. August 30, 2005. Do wildfires influence the housing market? Is it a consideration when people buy or build? Geoffrey Donovan, an economist at the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, Ore., and his colleagues collaborated with the Colorado Springs Fire Department in Colorado to answer these questions. The fire department developed a computer model to rate the wildfire risk of 35,000 parcels in the city's wildland-urban interface. Each parcel...

2005-06-07 17:44:02

USDA Forest Service (FS) research suggests that a decline in the abundance of freshwater mussels about 1000 years ago may have been caused by the large-scale cultivation of maize by Native Americans. In the April 2005 issue of Conservation Biology, Wendell Haag and Mel Warren, researchers with the FS Southern Research Station (SRS) unit in Oxford , MS, report results from a study of archaeological data from 27 prehistoric sites in the southeastern United States. Worldwide, freshwater mussels...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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