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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Endangered Species & Wildlife

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r ...Read More

PHOTO: Small towns and communities in Montana have an economic stake in what happens to the Greater sage-grouse, according to Montana State Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point). Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

WOLF POINT, Mont. - There's cash in Montana's sagebrush that is quite lucrative for rural communities. Bureau of Land Management sagebrush landscapes in Montana and other Western states were connected to more than $1 billion in recreation and tourism spending last year, according to an economic rep ...Read More

PHOTO: A view of the Snoqualmie Valley shows why the area is prized for its beauty, even with its proximity to some of the state's most densely populated areas. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion legislation protects another 22,000 acres of the area. Photo credit: Kevin Geraghty.

SEATTLE - Some new wilderness is coming to the state of Washington as part of a pile of public lands and defense spending bills rolled into one big vote. The legislation, which passed the U.S. Senate on Friday after approval in the House the previous week, adds 22,000 acres to the existing Alpine L ...Read More

PHOTO: It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

GARDINER, Mont. - It's the last day for Montanans to add their thoughts to the latest alternative for the year-round bison habitat plan. More than 100,000 people already commented on the initial proposal, but this new addition makes changes to range area and killing animals before allowing the herd ...Read More

PHOTO: Sea turtles are among the many wildlife species affected by damage done to wetlands and estuaries on the Gulf Coast as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

TAMPA, Fla. - How should the windfall of billions be spent that will be available to Gulf states such as Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill? According to a report released today by the National Wildlife Federation, the answer is to get to the heart of the water source. The exact amo ...Read More

PHOTO: A number of projects along the Texas Gulf Coast are being recommended as top priorities for restoration from the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill disaster. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from the Nation ...Read More

PHOTO: Macon County fifth- and sixth-grade students gain hands-on education in migration patterns and butterflies at the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Photo credit: Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

FRANKLIN, N.C. - A group of students in one North Carolina community is 'a-flutter' about land conservation, thanks to a tiny winged species. For the past five years, fifth- and sixth-grade students in Macon County have collected data on butterflies at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee's Tess ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from The Wilderness Society shares the secrets of collaboration success in Montana, including locally designed projects to benefit thousands of acres, such as in the Kootenai National Forest. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service.

HELENA, Mont. - Weeds, fire risk, logging, recreation, mining. Locals can come up with solutions for all those issues on National Forest lands. A new report from The Wilderness Society takes a look at 15 collaborative groups around the state that have designed plans with input from businesses, cons ...Read More

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