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2014-02-10 11:12:35

Naturally regrowing woodlands in the subtropics can help to reduce declines in Australia’s reptiles, scientists have proposed. Research at the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub has found that woodlands in the Australian subtropics can be restored as a haven for native reptiles if cleared areas are left to regrow. In turn, reptiles such as skinks, dragons, and geckos help restore the woodland ecosystems by providing links in the food chain....

2013-07-22 11:18:57

Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a study suggests. A more strategic approach to managing trees across the continent could have a positive impact on the changing climate, researchers say. A pioneering study of African savannas by the University of Edinburgh has revealed deforestation in south-central Africa, driven by rising populations in the aftermath of war, and increasing demand for trees for agriculture and fuel. This loss of forests...

2011-06-09 08:30:12

Birds and people both enjoy urban woodlands that have been cleared to just the right degree. This is the conclusion of scientists at the University of Gothenburg who have carried out large-scale field experiments in urban woodlands in south-western Sweden. "Three out of four people want a mixture of open and untouched forest for rambling. At the same time, we can see that birds do well and continue to nest in woodlands where less than 50% has been cleared", says Erik Heyman of the Department...

2010-09-13 14:20:00

WOODLAND, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SunFoods, LLC announced today that Matt Alonso has been named Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. operation as it continues its expansion under the HINODE brand name. Matt will report directly to current CEO, Thomas Atkinson II, and oversee the operations based in Woodland, CA. Matt comes to SunFoods, LLC after 14 years with Pacific International Rice Mills, LLC (PIRMI) and Busch Agricultural Resources Inc. Over the last five years, Matt has...

2009-09-25 11:00:00

WOODLAND, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Woodland, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Keep California Beautiful (KCB), PG&E and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation today unveiled a new program that gives Woodland residents and businesses more access to "away-from-home" recycling opportunities, to help keep plastics and other products out of the waste stream and in recycling bins. A total of 24 bins will be installed at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, Ferns Park...

2009-07-09 09:33:00

SEATTLE, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, is giving 30 Seattle residents the opportunity to test drive a low-car and less-expensive lifestyle as part of its second annual Low-Car Diet. In the midst of a challenging economy, rising gas prices and a nation-wide focus on cutting costs, the program gives participants the opportunity to experience the economic, environmental and health benefits of a car-free lifestyle. The Low-Car Diet will help...

2008-09-18 00:00:16

By LAURA DALE Pupils across Teignbridge are encouraging residents to hand over their old Yellow Pages directory for recycling. The youngsters are participating in the Yellow Woods Challenge, a simple, educational and fun environmental campaign run by Yellow Pages, working with the Woodland Trust and Teignbridge District Council. Over the next five weeks, 18 schools will be collecting old directories to help them win the local recycling competition. Schools that collect the highest...

2008-07-29 18:00:30

England's largest new native forest is to be created with the planting of 600,000 trees. The pounds 8.5 million project covering 850 acres in Hertfordshire will be bigger than Sherwood Forest. The Woodland Trust said the scheme would be open to the public and provide health, education and leisure benefits, as well as habitat for wildlife, within 20 miles of London. The trust aims to create the largest continuous new broadleaf woodland on land it is planning to buy near the village of...

2008-07-24 09:00:41

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5ccf16/habitat_management) has announced the addition of the "Habitat Management for Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques" report to their offering. Habitat management is commonly used to maintain and enhance the biological interest of many areas of semi-natural habitat where natural processes no longer create suitable conditions for desired species. Habitat restoration and creation is increasingly being used to increase...

Latest Woodland Reference Libraries

2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

2009-07-01 13:11:19

The Nearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. The Nearctic covers most of North America, Greenland, and the highlands of Mexico. Southern Mexico, southern Florida, Central America, and the Caribbean are part of the Neotropic ecozone. The World Wildlife Fund divides the Nearctic into four bioregions. These four regions are the Canadian Shield, Eastern North America, Western North America, and Northern Mexico. The Canadian Shield bioregion extends across northern North America from the...

2009-07-01 11:55:58

The Afrotropic is one of eight ecozones found on Earth. It includes Africa (south of the Sahara Desert), the southern and eastern borders of the Arabian Peninsula, the island of Madagascar, southern Iran and outermost southwestern Pakistan, and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. The Afrotropic was previously known as the Ethiopian Zone. The Afrotropic has mostly a tropical climate, except for Africa's far-southern region. The Afrotropic borders the Palearctic ecozone to the north, which...

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Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'