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2010-03-11 12:55:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With warming temperatures and spring winds increasing fire dangers across Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed March 14-20 as Wildfire Prevention Week and urged residents to be extra vigilant. Nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania's wildfires occur in March, April and May before the greening of state woodlands and brush lands. "Although March weather can be very wet, it can also be very windy - and those winds can...

2010-03-09 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring nears and woodlands begin to dry out, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that nearly $667,000 in grants is available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. "Although some areas may still have some snow on the ground, changing weather conditions can quickly usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the...

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2010-02-24 14:49:54

With a changing climate there's a good chance that forest fires in the Pacific Northwest will become larger and more frequent "“ and according to one expert speaking today at a professional conference, that's just fine. The future of fire in this region is difficult to predict, will always be variable, and undoubtedly a part of the future landscape. People should understand, however, that fire is not only inevitable but also a valuable part of forest ecosystems and their management,...

2010-02-18 09:06:00

Project will address safety for nearby communities; preserve Barrens unique habitat STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that they plan to conduct controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Land 176 in Patton Township, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem. Originally outlined in public meetings and meetings with news media in the area in March of 2009, Game Commission...

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2010-01-27 11:09:09

The innermost secrets of fire's role in the rebirth and renewal of forests and grasslands are being revealed in research that has identified plant growth promoters and inhibitors in smoke. In the latest discovery about smoke's secret life, an international team of scientists are reporting discovery of a plant growth inhibitor in smoke. The study appears in ACS's Journal of Natural Products, a monthly publication. "Smoke plays an intriguing role in promoting the germination of seeds of many...

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2009-12-17 12:45:00

A federal judge has been asked to block a controversial plan to round up about 2,500 wild horses and remove them from a Nevada range, The Associated Press reported. The Dec. 28 mustang roundup would be one of the largest in Nevada in recent years. Helicopters will be used to force the horses into holding pens before placing them for adoption or sending them to long-term holding corrals in the Midwest. However, animal rights groups say use of the helicopters is inhumane because some of the...

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2009-12-07 08:18:14

University of Nevada, Reno, scientists working with SONY and Forest Guard on new system Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory director at the University of Nevada, Reno is leading the installation, testing and maintenance of a novel way to monitor forests fires and other environmental data with the prototype of a new camera system developed by Sony-Europe. The new 360-degree, solar-powered camera and wi-fi system was installed at Tahoe City, Calif. in anticipation of its debut Dec. 12...

2009-11-25 17:01:00

LONDON, November 25 /PRNewswire/ -- - Potentially Life-Saving Invention Inspired by Children's Real Life Experience of Devastating Forest Fires Sony Europe today announces that its partnership with a young team called Forest Guard has reached a vital stage as the youngsters have the enormous satisfaction of seeing their forest wildfire detection system idea deployed in their local forest for testing. The team of six, whose idea won the Climate Actions part of the global...

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2009-11-22 07:52:19

Authorities are asking residents in some parts of south Australia to evacuate their homes as an impending heat wave prompted the nation to issue its first "catastrophic" brush fire warning. Unseasonably hot and dry weather combined with strong winds to fan scores of blazes in the country's southeastern states, many of which were sparked by overnight lightning strikes. Nathan Rees, New South Wales state premier, says, "It has never been this hot, dry or windy in combination in November ever...

2009-11-05 12:44:00

Pew ad calls on Congress to support bill to make ban on mining near park permanent WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After nearly 100,000 members of the public called for protecting the Grand Canyon from mining, a Pew Environment Group ad (http://www.pewminingreform.org/pdf/WishAd.pdf) today urged Congress to support legislation that would permanently ban new mining claims on public lands surrounding the park. Under the antiquated mining law of 1872, more than one thousand...


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