Climate Report calls for Grazing reductions on Public Lands

November 28 — A newly published report in the journal Environmental Management describes how climate change threatens to worsen impacts on public lands, watersheds and wildlife by grazing of domestic and feral livestock and unnaturally large native ungulate populations. The report calls on federal agencies to protect large tracts of public lands from livestock grazing to restore ecosystems, help lands and wildlife adapt to climate change, and provide ecological services and future benchmarks for grazed lands. It details how grazing reductions are within the legal authority of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of…

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National Science Foundation Awards Grants for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

October 1, 2012 – Mile-a-minute weed or forest killer, it’s called. Mikania micranthais an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will explore the factors that led to an invasion of M. micrantha in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. The project is one of 18 funded this year by the CNH program, which addresses how humans and the environment interact. Total funding for the 2012 awards is $17.6 million.…

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