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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2014

[ Study: nature walks reduce stress, make us happier ]

A new study has scientifically proven what so many of us already intuitively know: walks in nature decrease stress and increase mental well-being.

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[ Which public wildlands can I visit with my dog? Answers here ]

It’s often been said that dogs are man’s best friends. Dogs can be great company on the trail, too.

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[ 7 can’t-miss wildlife sightings this fall ]

We all know fall offers opportunities to spy gorgeous forest displays as the leaves change color.

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[ Bipartisan Marine Monument Helps Protect Vital Ocean Systems, Ongoing Research ]

Michael Reinemer

The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000

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[ Next few months will be critical for renewable energy and land protection in the California desert ]

For years there has been a growing demand on public lands in California and other parts of the west to support clean sources of energy like wind and solar power.

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[ Using Drones for Conservation in Belize ]

Using Drones for Conservation

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Guest post by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Your donations through the Combined Federal Campaign make the work of WCS and EarthShare's other member charities possible.

 

Besides coastal development, unregulated and unreported fishing are some of the largest threats to Belize’s fishing industry. 

To get a high-tech edge over illegal fishers, the Government of Belize will use “eyes in the sky” to enforce regulations in the biodiverse Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve and other reef systems. It will be the first ever use of conservation drones to monitor marine protected areas.

EarthShare member Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) provided the important technical assistance needed to implement this program and fight illegal fishing.

“Belize has been a leader in the establishment of marine protected areas, including the world-famous Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, but fishing regulations are difficult to enforce on the open sea,” said Julio Maaz, Communities Fisheries Coordinator for WCS’s Marine Program in Belize. “Drones offer a means of improving the rate of detection of illegal activities at a fraction of the cost required for patrol vessels.”

Conservation drones also are being used for wildlife monitoring and for the enforcement of terrestrial protected areas. The conservation drones can fly for over an hour at a time with a range of more than 50 kilometers, and are capable of taking high-resolution photographs and video.

Program participants from WCS, the Belize Fisheries Department, and conservationdrones.org implemented the drone program in early June, following testing that began last July. The drones will enable government officials to remotely locate fishing vessels illegally operating in marine protected areas or in areas with seasonal closures. Once located, patrol vessels can conduct seagoing searches more efficiently.

Drones will also allow government officials to monitor for illegal activities in coastal areas, which are often hidden from view by mangrove forests. Fishers have been known to hide illegal conch catches in these coastal forests.

WCS has also provided support for the government’s revision of the National Fisheries Act. The act includes numerous improvements to the country’s fisheries laws, including rights-based reform and an adherence to ecosystem-based standards. 

“This exciting new enforcement tool will help the government and local communities protect their most valuable assets—the fisheries and coral reefs of Belize’s coastal waters,” said Dr. Caleb McClennen, Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation.

“The world’s oceans are in dire need of low cost innovations for improving the cost efficiency and effectiveness of enforcement efforts. This represents an exciting pilot program for Belize, the wider Caribbean, and nearshore marine parks and fisheries around the world.” 

 

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[ The Wilderness Society and The Dreaming Tree Wines look back on 2014 Dave Matthews Tour ]

The 2014 Dave Matthews Band Tour wrapped up this last Saturday with the final show in Irvine, CA. We had a wonderful time teaming up with the Dreaming Tree Wines again the summer to share a booth in Reverb’s Eco Village.

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[ Poll: western voters are pro-public lands for all Americans ]

Voters in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming overwhelmingly said that public lands managed by national agencies are “American places” versus “state places,” repudiating recent efforts to move the care of shared wild places away from the

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[ Statement on Photography in Wilderness, by Paul Spitler ]

Michael Reinemer

Protecting our remaining wild landscapes is critical but we need to make sure people can also access and experience these places. Wilderness is supposed to be protected for people, not from people.

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[ Switch to Natural Gas Won’t Reduce Carbon Emissions Much, Study Finds ]

Switching power plants from coal to gas will make us use more electricity and delay the dawn of renewables, a new study claims.

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