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Endangered in Minnesota


by Loose Leaf Team
A bald eagle, a species which was recently removed from Minnesota’s list of endangered, threatened and special concern speciesBy Michelle Werts Most are familiar with the story of the bald eagle: how the iconic American bird was almost extinct in the United States in the mid-1900s, but through habitat protection, the banning of DDT and other management activities, the species recovered and was removed from the Endangered Species Act list in 2007. Unfortunately, though, some species go in the opposite direction. Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Natu... (Read More)



Showing Support for Clean Water


by Susan Laszewski
Stormwater flows onto a street From basement backups to beach closures, polluted runoff can have big costs for communities. In 2011, polluted runoff caused 47 percent of beach closing and advisory days. A study of 28 popular, yet polluted, beaches in Southern California calculated that swimmers suffered an estimated 1.5 million gastrointestinal illnesses, resulting in an economic loss of between $21 million and $51 million every year. When it rains in cities or subur... (Read More)



From Fire to Flooding


by Loose Leaf Team
Smoke plume for the Waldo Canyon FireBy Michelle Werts Sometimes, certain regions of the country just can’t catch a break. Last year, the Colorado Springs area was devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which was the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history until this year’s Black Forest Fire. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed more than 300 homes; a year later, approximately 200 of those homes are either already or in the process of being rebuilt. But, unfortunately, th... (Read More)



More Than a Forest


by Loose Leaf Team
Cabinet Mountains from Bull River Road, Kootenai National ForestBy Michelle Werts It’s a land of Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock, western redcedar, black cottonwood, quaking aspen and more. It’s 2.2 million acres of mountains, river valleys, hills, lakes and forest. Today, Kootenai National Forest celebrates its 107th anniversary of being part of the National Forest System — and we celebrate years of partnership with it. Located along the border of northwest Montana and northeast I... (Read More)



Run, Salmon, Run


by Loose Leaf Team
Standardized Precipitation Index map - Loose Leaf July 2013By Michelle Werts It’s farmer vs. fisherman in California. The battleground is the Klamath River and at stake are the abundant agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley and the lives of thousands upon thousands of endangered Chinook salmon. No pressure. The instigator of this conflict is ages old and drought is its name. As you can see from the standardized precipitation index map from the National Climatic Data Center, the ... (Read More)


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