By Eric Holst, Environmental Defense Fund, Opinion Contributor for The Hill
This week, several Senate Republicans initiated efforts to reform the Endangered Species Act in ways that would roll back critical protections for wildlife, putting countless plants and animals at greater risk of extinction. It’s one of many anticipated actions to review the law, a number of which are likely to propose weakening the Act in order to streamline development and reduce regulatory burdens on private landowners.
Mashpee, MA – The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge continues to be a rare bright spot for two species: the Northern long-eared bat and the New England cottontail. And the management of the refuge may have helped with their survival.
That was the message from a talk at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Monday, April 17, entitled “Bats & Bunnies: Managing Habitat for Seldom Seen Mammals.”
(Note: Many of the wild animals listed in this article require young forest habitat, which has been dwindling in Maine and other Eastern and Midwestern states.)
A wide diversity of animals call Maine home, and many of those animals are getting along just fine. But there are a number of creatures that are becoming scarce, and when their numbers dip low enough, they’re placed on the Maine State List of Threatened and Endangered Species.
SHELBURNE, VT - About 20 kids and their parents were foresters for a day at Shelburne Farms Saturday, learning the importance of trees to the Vermont economy and the environment. The highlight of the two-hour program was the felling of a 125-year-old Norway spruce in a wood lot near the Farm Barn.
Powerlines, long considered eyesores or, worse, a potential threat to human health, actually serve a vital role in maintaining the health of a significant population, according to research out of the University of Connecticut.