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Defenders of the Coasts


by Susan Laszewski
Loxahatchee Slough in Palm Beach County, FloridaThere is a silent army out there protecting our coasts from invasion — a second Coast Guard, if you will. This army has protected us not from war, but from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes. I’m talking about coastal buffers — the mangrove forests, wetlands and oyster beds that protect us from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophic natural events. A new report published in Nature Climate Change finds that without these importa... (Read More)



If You Protect It, They Will Come


by Loose Leaf Team
The endangered ocelot, which we’ve been protecting through habitat restoration work in TexasBy Michelle Werts The gopher tortoise. The ocelot. The red-cockaded woodpecker. The black bear. Within the last two years, American Forests Global ReLeaf projects in Florida, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana have restored forest habitat in these Gulf Coast states for each of the above listed species — alongside many more — and while we’re incredibly proud of these efforts, we’re also proud of the fact that conservation isn’t just about ... (Read More)



Creeping Away


by Scott Maxham
Japanese white-eyeAbout 1,700 years ago, humans first arrived on the scene on the island of Hawai’i. Since then, the island’s biodiversity has steadily declined. This is due to several factors: deforestation, humans repurposing land for agriculture and, possibly most detrimental, the introduction of non-native species. And it’s a non-native species that has put a Hawai’ian bird on the brink of extinction. Non-native plants and animals have been brought ... (Read More)



Conifers Under Threat


by Susan Laszewski
Whitebark pines. Creid: Bjorn/Flickr The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the latest update to their Red List — a database in which the world’s species are classified according to threat level — includes the first global reassessment of conifers. In addition to the shelter and food they provide for wildlife, conifers play an important role globally by sequestering carbon. Coniferous forests take three times more carbon out of the ai... (Read More)



Wildlife Refuges Carry on With a Shrinking Budget


by Scott Maxham
Roseate spoonbills, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.Three dollars. That is the amount of money per acre the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System has to spend to protect the 150 million acres of land under its care. In return, the 561 national wildlife refuges provide America with 34,000 jobs and an estimated $4.2 billion to local economies according to a report released last week by the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE). The report goes on to... (Read More)


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