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    PNS Weekend Update - March 28, 20150 


    A variety of issues on our weekend rundown including; gas pipelines down south clogged up by legal delays; the latest CDC anti-smoking campaign puts a bull’s-eye on e-cigarettes; and the focus is on inclusion during National Developmental Disabilities Month.

Endangered Species & Wildlife

PHOTO: Supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer-strip proposal are calling one of the most significant farmland stewardship initiatives for water quality and wildlife habitat in decades. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where water quality is key to quality of life, supporters of the buffer-strip proposal from Gov. Mark Dayton say it would have a positive impact for generations to come. The legislation would require farms to have 50 feet of perennial vegetation around ...Read More

PHOTO: Thanks to a concerted recovery effort, experts now are optimistic about the future of the piping plover, birds who make their homes on Great Lakes beaches and are known for their cheerful chirp. Photo credit: Vince Cavalieri, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Spring is in the air and so are the piping plovers, as a growing number of the endangered birds soon will return from their winter vacations to their Michigan homes. Because of an increase in development and recreation, said Vince Cavalieri, Great Lakes piping plover recovery ...Read More

PHOTO: Spring has sprung, which means greater sage-grouse males are strutting their stuff, and females are checking out the goods. Fans are gathering near Craig, Colo., to support protections for sage-grouse habitat. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER – Spring is in the air, and fans of the greater sage-grouse are hosting a tour this weekend near Craig, Colo., hoping to catch the bird's famous mating dance. It's part of an effort to draw attention to the protection of sage-grouse habitat. The oil and gas industry is pushing back aga ...Read More

PHOTO: Without help from humans, monster fish such as the white sturgeon face the possibility of extinction, according to Zeb Hogan, a conservation biologist at the University of Nevada - Reno. Photo courtesy of Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada-Reno.

RENO, Nevada - Some of the biggest freshwater fish in North America face certain extinction without human intervention, according to a University of Nevada-Reno researcher. Conservation biologist Zeb Hogan, whose research is featured in an exhibition opening this week at the National Geographic Mus ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. He vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns about the impact on development of new renewable projects. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. The governor vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns that the move would a ...Read More

PHOTO: Conservation groups have filed an objection to drilling plans designed to validate mining claims at the Golden Hand Mine in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

BOISE, Idaho - A plan to allow dump trucks, bulldozers, new roads and drilling rigs into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness has led to several conservation groups filing an objection. American Independence Mines and Minerals wants to work a claim at the old Golden Hand mine to validate ...Read More

PHOTO: It's been 20 years since the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted to manage national forestland in Washington, Oregon and northern California. Now, the U.S. Forest Service wants public comments on what the future of the plan should be. Photo credit: Binkski/FeaturePics.com

SEATTLE - The U.S. Forest Service holds public meetings this week in Seattle and Portland, asking for comments on how to update the Northwest Forest Plan. The plan has been the overarching management strategy to balance conservation and timber harvest on national forestland in the Northwest for 20 ...Read More

PHOTO: The acting head of the state's DCNR is receiving an award for helping Pennsylvanians connect to and protect the state's wild places. Photo credit: Beth Little.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Helping Pennsylvanians connect to and protect the state's wilderness has earned an award from a national conservation group for the acting head of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The National Wildlife Federation is honoring DCNR Acting Secretary ...Read More

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