Recent News

Devastating Wildfires Likely in Eastern Forests

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in November 2016 were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

Restoring a Natural Pine Barrens on Cape Cod

By Andrea Ray, Wareham Week

Not many people know what Cape Cod should look like, sighs Diane Lang. The Trustees of Reservations South Coast Superintendent remembers how, as a child, she knew that she’d reached the Cape: “All of the trees were really scrubby, so you could see everything.”

Newest National Wildlife Refuge Starts in NY’s Hudson Valley

By Allison Dunne, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Great Thicket Wildlife Refuge Gets Its Start in New York

Dover, NY – Federal, state and local officials gathered today in Dover, New York, to mark the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge, the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

More Quail, Pheasant Habitat Coming to Iowa

By Ron Swoboda for Wallace’s Farmer

John Whitaker, USDA Farm Service Agency state executive director, announced January 3 the addition of 115,000 acres that can be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Iowa for critical wildlife and water quality efforts. This is in addition to the 5,423 acres of CRP Grasslands announced in December.

Young Forest on the Way in Indiana

Terra Haute Tribune Star

A new forest wildlife habitat program will distribute almost $1 million in federal funding to private landowners in southern Indiana for the development of young forests.

Mineland to Young Forest in PA

From Pennsylvania Game News

HUNTINGTON COUNTY – Even 20 acres of rejuvenated young forest can help local wildlife in a big way. That's the goal behind restoring an old strip-mined area on State Game Lands 121, managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in southcentral Pennsylvania.

Winter Ticks a Threat to Vermont Moose

By Lawrence Pyne for the Burlington Free Press

A tiny blood-sucking parasite is proving to be a big threat to moose, but just how big a bite winter ticks are having in Vermont no one really knows. That’s something state wildlife officials hope to change starting this winter, when Vermont will join a “capture-and-collar” moose mortality study that New Hampshire and Maine began in 2014.

Audubon Report Finds CT Birds Need Humans’ Help

By Angela Carella, Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Winter officially started last week, when people tend to take pity on birds and set up feeders to help them survive the biting cold.

Birds in the state could use an abundance of human compassion.

USFWS to Quadruple Size of Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge

By Mike Polhamus, Vermont Digger

A national wildlife refuge with around 26,000 acres in northern Vermont’s Essex County could expand dramatically over the coming decades, according to a long-range plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now in its final stages.