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This Is What The Rattlesnake "Combat Dance" Looks Like

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes are a common sight in the forests and hiking trails in Southern California, so it was no surprise that a group of mountain bikers - who were also National Park Service volunteers - came across a pair of the rattlers last week. They were, however, treated to a unique bit of snake behavior. Read more...

"Curiosity" Drove Guy to Steal 550 Lbs. of TNT from Forest Service

We've all had moments of insatiable curiosity about one dangerous or at least highly-unadvisable thing or another in our lifetimes, mostly in our childhood. Read more...

Small hazard reduction burn tonight at Corin Forest

The ACT Rural Fire Service Tidbinbilla Brigade will tonight, Wednesday 13 August, 2014, conduct a small hazard reduction burn at Corin Forest, Corin Road. The burn is expected to commence from 7pm until 11pm. Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke [...]

Loss of eastern hemlock affects peak flows after extreme storm events

The loss of eastern hemlock could affect water yield and storm flow from forest watersheds in the southern Appalachians, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service scientists at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta) located in Otto, North Carolina. The article was just published online in the journal Ecohydrology. read more

Update: U.S. Rare Earths Takes Next Step In The Development Of Heavy And Critical Rare Earths In The Continental United States

By Mobile Guru: On August 5th U.S. Rare Earths (OTCQB:UREE) announced they had been given permission by the U.S. Forest Service to access a stockpile of material at its Last Chance claims that they believe contains a substantial amount of rare earths enriched material, with high percentages of both heavy and critical rare earth elements. Show More Summary

Asian carp could establish in Lake Erie with little effect to fishery

According to a study published in the journal Conservation Biology by a group of scientists from the University of Notre Dame, Resources for the Future, U.S. Forest Service, University of Michigan and the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental...Show More Summary

70 Years of Smokey: The Story of America's Firefighting Bear

War propaganda doesn't typically have a long shelf life. Smokey Bear is an exception. The United States Forest Service launched the Smokey Bear anti-forest fire campaign on Aug. 9, 1944, making Saturday the character's 70th birthday....Show More Summary

Weird Government Mascots

2 weeks agoOdd : Neatorama

Smokey the Bear, the U.S. Forest Service mascot, was born on August 9, 1944. In honor of Smokey’s 70th birthday, the Washington Post dug up some other, less memorable government mascots you may or may not remember. Probably not. None of them were ever as familiar or appealing as Smokey. Show More Summary

Redefining Gross Domestic Product to Account for Sustainability

GDP doesn’t actually tell us much about the value of natural capital, like clean air or healthy forests. Such natural goods and services, despite their great economic contributions, are largely viewed as free. We need a better metric that accounts for not only monetized economic wealth but, more importantly, includes vital environmental and social factors.

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The U.S. Forest Service is a key actor in a lot of environmental and land use policy decisions. It oversees the national forests and handles various research and conservation efforts. The Service is a common defendant in environmental suits, often as a result of its substantial permitting duties. But what USFS is best known for […]

SEE IT: Woman falls 50 feet down Southern Calif. cliff

A woman’s terrifying slide down a sheer rock cliff face at a Pasadena, Calif. canyon was all caught on video — and happened two days before the U.S. Forest Service will close the area that has claimed five hikers’ lives since 2011.

House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires

The House is expected to vote on a bill that would waive at least 14 environmental laws within 100 miles of the southern U.S. border, and has already spent time voting on legislation to weaken the Endangered Species Act. The post House Republicans Fiddle While Forest Service Runs Out Of Money To Fight Wildfires appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Residents of Liberty, WA, defy U.S. Forest Service to help a disabled vet

By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation The rebellion against bureaucratic tyranny might have started in a Washington town conveniently named Liberty. Last month, residents there decided to work together, defy the iron fist of the local federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Forest Service and help a neighbor named Tony Nicholas, a 75-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran,...

Trees Study: 850 Lives Saved, 670,000 Diseases Prevented Each Year

A new trees study issued by the National Forest Service (NFS) revealed just how important these plants are to our survival. According to the NFS study, trees save 850 lives annually, and prevent 670,000 acute respiratory diseases. While we’ve always known that trees are quite important to the survival of carbon-based life forms, this is

First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems

SYRACUSE, N.Y., July 25, 2014– In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. read more

Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado

Billed as the most photographed mountains in the Rockies, many visitors come to Aspen to take their pictures. However, climbers, local media, and even the US Forest Service know these mountains as the "Deadly Bells." The beauty of the...Show More Summary

New Mexico’s mouse war escalates

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED: The battle over protecting the meadow jumping mouse, recently listed as endangered, has pitted environmentalists and ranchers against the U.S. Forest Service. By Rob Nikolewski ? New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s war over the meadow jumping mouse is escalating and moving ahead on multiple fronts. Ranchers whose...

Big Trees: a new look at growth factors

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen Last week I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Dr. Seth Bigelow, previously of the US Forest Service and currently doing original Forest Adaptation Research at the Huyck Biological Research Station near Rensselaerville, … Continue reading ?

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