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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

In the News: Natural environments & Brain Development

Natural environments, including green spaces, may have beneficial impacts on brain development:

Lifelong Residential Exposure to Green Space and Attention: A Population-based Prospective Study

Via Environmental Health Perspective

GWLT In the News Today!

From Telegram.com:

Greater Worcester Land Trust buys link for Greenway

WORCESTER – The Greater Worcester Land Trust received its first gift of property near the Holden line on Dec. 6, 1995. Twenty-two years to the day, it bought the property across the street, securing a key connection linking 918 acres of the Four Town Greenway all the way up to Holden.

“Before (this property acquisition) there was 918 acres separated into two chunks,” said Colin Novick, executive director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. “This puts the two chunks together.”

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In the News: Reforestation

This article from UConn Today talks about the value of passive reforestation. GWLT practices passive reforestation on its properties, but with an eye toward culling non-native invasive species, and occasional selective culling to help point our future forests in a direction.

Reforestation: Knowing When to Let Nature Take its Course

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