Registration is now open for one of the world’s premier ecosystem services conferences. ACES 2014 will highlight policy, best practices, and emerging science in the ecosystem services community. In anticipation of ACES 2014, several reports and tools will be released in conjunction with the conference, including the FRMES Guidebook! Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of foundational discussions that will shape the future of ecosystem services, register to attend today. More via www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/ACES
Sep 22nd, 2014 by trouthead
According to The Washington Post, Shaun Donovan gave his first speech as White House budget director Friday. The story says that he didn’t even mention that popular national obsession of recent years, the now $17.8 trillion national debt.
“No, in the run-up to next week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, the Obama administration is focused like a laser on a different threat to federal finances and the U.S. economy: the consequences of global warming,” according to writer Lori Montgomery of the Post.
“From where I sit, climate action is a must do; climate inaction is a can’t do; and climate denial scores – and I don’t mean scoring points on the board. I mean that it scores in the budget. Climate denial will cost us billions of dollars,” Donovan said during the address. >Read the Full Story via http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/19/forget-the-national-debt-the-new-budget-threat-is-climate-change/
From a Recent TEDx Charlottesville, Chandler Van Voorhis explores the founding of our nation and our American ‘currency of conservation.’ Van Voorhis co-founded C2I, LLC, a leader in conservation capitalism. The company plants, grows, and sells permanent forests. Capturing all the integrated assets forests house – biodiversity, carbon, nutrients, water credits – the GreenTrees program is today America’s largest forest carbon origination pipeline.
We couldn’t resist posting this selfie of a THI field technician and a Mantis. The creature was safely returned its habitat during field assessment work on this project site in Virginia. More than 20 species of Mantis are native to the United States, including the common Carolina Mantis, with only one native to Canada. Two species (the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis) were deliberately introduced to serve as pest control for agriculture, and have spread widely in both countries.
Sep 16th, 2014 by trouthead
Building on this year’s success, the National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference is moving into its 18th year with a refreshing focus on improved content and moderated exchanges. This year’s National Conference (in Orlando) is currently seeking cohesive panel presentations and individual presentations that offer timely and new information. Deadline for submittal is October 1, 2014.
All submissions should relate to mitigation banking, conservation, species, habitat banking or ecosystem banking and alternatives as indicated in the variety of topics below. Submissions should come from experienced regulators, mitigation and conservation bankers, customers/users of banks, investors, local, state, federal governments, environmental organizations, consultants, engineers, academia and others who have direct experience in the expanding mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking industry.
Preference will be given to those with data, actual results, or research that support their presentation. Presentations may not be commercial and must be educational. It’s easy to submit — click SUBMIT and follow the prompts.
Sandra Postel writes recently in the blog Water Currents: “It’s a sad truth that many major rivers – the blue arteries of the Earth – no longer reach the sea. Our demands for water – to drink, grow food, produce energy and make all manner of material things – have sapped streams of their flow and ecosystems of their vitality. The web of life, of which we are a part, is fraying.”
It’s this fact that has given rise to a new initiative being backed by some big partners. Change the Course is being piloted in the iconic and heavily depleted Colorado River Basin, which provides water to some 40 million people and 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of irrigated land. With its conservation partners and sponsors (including Disney, Coca Cola and others), the effort has helped return 2 billion gallons (7.6 billion liters) to rivers throughout the watershed, as well as to the Delta, once one of the world’s great desert aquatic ecosystems. >Learn More http://changethecourse.us/
The New York Times recently covered the important environmental work of Ecosystem Investment Partners (EIP), highlighting their massive coastal restoration project in Louisiana. So while a slow mix of restoration process and politics continue to grind and jockey in the Mississippi Delta, EIP is at work today physically restoring damaged and degraded resources.
Restoration and conservation work going to the ground is ‘rubber meeting road’ in terms of our increasingly at-risk environment, and in terms of our future. Like many other coastal, river, and wetland restoration projects being installed today across the U.S., the work is funded by private capital. For EIP, this important effort near New Orleans and others are financed by a $181 million dollar investment fund. Private sector capital is being increasingly deployed to repair and offset impacts caused by human activities. >Read More via NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/us/equity-firm-restores-louisiana-marshland-to-earn-credits-it-can-sell.html
Sep 2nd, 2014 by trouthead
Washington, DC – September 2, 2014 - Aquatic restoration businesses continue to express excitement as Youth Corps nationwide are receiving training and certification for climate-ready aquatic restoration. Graduates of the Waders in the Water training program, created by The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters Inc., will be skilled in aquatic safety, knowledgeable about installation techniques, and ready to provide business and government reliable restoration on streams, rivers and wetlands across the U.S. This industry-recognized credential will build important bridges to enable youth to enter conservation careers by learning how to improve the health, productivity, and climate-resiliency of our streams, rivers, and wetlands. >Read More via http://corpsnetwork.org/industry-support-grows-restoration-private-public-partnership or See Video Clip of several Corps members at training
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Natural resources are often described as “priceless,” but defining the real economic value of clean air, clean water, and open spaces may be the only way to save our environment. One very real economic value of natural resources is jobs – and lots of them.
The Outdoor Industry Association’s recent report, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy,” (http://www.outdoorindustry.org/images/researchfiles/OIA_OutdoorRecEconomyReport2012.pdf?167 ) captures the true economic benefits of the outdoor recreation industry.
– 6.1 million American jobs
– $646 billion in outdoor recreation spending
– $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue
– $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue
In his blog posts titled Economics for Flyfisherman Mark McGlothlin points out “3 Things Our Outdoor Loving Brethren (and Sistren) Should Understand Well…”
Read more: http://chiwulff.com/2012/07/17/3-things-our-outdoor-loving-brethren-and-sistren-should-understand-well/
It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge this year’s Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup and the important work of the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Many hands can make a huge impact for our waterways and with thanks to their sponsors including REI, NOAA , National Geographic and many others, here’s a few impressive numbers from this year’s effort held recently:
671 Sites reporting from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC
576,000 Pounds of Trash (211,000 Beverage Containers; 35,600 Plastic Bags; 18,600 Cigarettes; 1,288 Tires)
To find cleanup events year-round visit trashnetwork.fegusonfoundation.org