Category Archives: Environmental News

Signs of Spring: A Roundup

The young sarvis is coming while the old trees are fading. The dogwoods have started with that greenish bloom. It will be at least a week for them, probably not more, unless I miss my guess. The pollen hangs heavy … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring – The Redbuds

Well, it’s truly the end times. The 78th Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled. Not postponed, cancelled. I guess it’s still safe to glory in nature. Today, it was beautifully sunny, although the clouds seem to be moving in again … Continue reading

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The Tree Frogs Are Going Crazy

It’s been about 60 today, with no rain. I don’t hear the pond peepers anymore, but the tree frogs are going crazy. I haven’t heard this yet, but I bet I will, just around sunset – the males trilling, in … Continue reading

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Nature Conservancy Action Alert on Land and Water Conservation Fund; Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Agree

This is a great program that’s enjoyed a lot of bipartisan support. It costs the taxpayers nothing. But Congress has so far refused to fund it permanently, and most of the money collected by the fund remains unspent, or diverted … Continue reading

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Ecological Grief, Australian Brushfires, Brazil's Largest Reserve, Policy and the Climate, Giant Sequoias Begin to Die, Trying to Sue Over Climate Change

Some of the best ecological news these days is in the Guardian. The Guardian does not have a pay wall, but does ask you to contribute. Giant sequoias are dying. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/18/this-is-not-how-sequoias-die-its-supposed-to-stand-for-another-500-years-aoe Article from the Guardian on how scientists are coping … Continue reading

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Up and Down Leaf Report

Despite the cool temperatures – it was 26 this morning – fall still seems to be late. There’s a lot of color in the woods, and some of the oaks haven’t turned at all. On a cloudy day, there doesn’t … Continue reading

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Rain, Blessed Rain

Our rainfall total for October was 6.79 as of yesterday at Merciers weather station. That puts us at 59.61 total for the year, in sight of the annual average, which I think is still at about 70 inches. It’s a … Continue reading

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Hot Weather, Deadline to Comment on Forest Service Rule Changes Extended, Endangered Species Act Gutted, Stan Helton Shares Millage Rates Comparison

We’ve had some very hot days, with the hottest being 88 on our porch. That’s very unusual, but if we do have it, it’s usually in August. Of course, it was 98 in Atlanta at the time, so things could … Continue reading

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My Comment on Proposed Forest Service Rule Changes

Someone asked me what I said in my comment to the Forest Service on the proposed rule changes, which seek to severely limit public comment on the Forest Service’s management plans and activities. So … here’s what I wrote. “The … Continue reading

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More on Forest Service Rule Changes and the BLM

Here’s the most comprehensive article I’ve seen on the proposed changes and current threats to public land under management by the Bureau of Land Management. There is a link at the bottom to comment on the proposed Forest Service rule … Continue reading

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