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Category Archives: In the News

Links to articles about hiking, the environment, and other GWLT-related subjects.

In the News: MicroPlants!

Want to help scientists from your home computer? The Field Museum of Chicago, Duke University, and international scientists are learning from the online MicroPlants project. Contribute to their study by measuring tiny leaves in photographs from your web browser, and help forward our understanding of biodiversity!

In the News: Lake Quinsigamond Commission

This week State Rep. Hannah Kane of Worcester’s 11th District and Michael Moore of the Massachusetts State Senate saw their bill, updating the charged responsibilities and rights of the Lake Quinsigamond Commission. This bill will help the commission to carry out their mission to preserve and improve our beloved Lake Quinsigamond.

To view Lake Quinsigamond from GWLT properties, check out the East Side Trail!

Photo by Jeremy Shulkin, WoMagNorthern Terminus Trail Head

In the News: Waterways Getting Saltier

Photo by Thomas Brueckner

Both the Associated Press and the Washington Post have articles about how road salt is affecting our rivers, streams, and brooks:

Washington Post: The nation’s rivers and streams are getting dangerously saltier

Associated Press on ABC News: Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger

In the News: Fighting Invasive Trees

From the US Forest Service:

A Native Fungus Takes on an Exotic and Aggressive Tree Species

Scientists find a native fungus capable of destroying invasive Ailanthus while preserving native species.

Ailanthus photo

Photographer Luis Fernández García

 

Conservation Corridors in Urbanized Landscapes

“…research by Nick Haddad, a conservation biologist at the University of Michigan’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has demonstrated substantial improvements in biodiversity from corridors as little as 25 yards in width, well within the range, he says, of “what’s reasonable in urban landscapes.”

From:

Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive.

http://e360.yale.edu/features/habitat-on-the-edges-making-room-for-wildlife-in-an-urbanized-world

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