conservation

Sarah LaDuke

  Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center is the House, Studio and Woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright. It is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site.

Executive Director Allison Cross joined us now to discuss Manitoga’s on-going preservation efforts, this year’s artist residency artists choreographer Ivy Baldwin and sculptor Michele Oka Doner, and more.

Neil Gifford and a Pine Bush volunteer study a Prarie Warbler
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The Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a unique and important habitat for several native species.

On a cool summer morning, as the sun rises over the barrens, some volunteers are among the brush removing birds from several hanging nets.

More than 200 years after Thomas Jefferson proclaimed Lake George to be the most beautiful water he ever saw, the Lake remains one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the nation. But that doesn’t mean it’s without its challenges. In fact, invasive species; aging wastewater treatment plants and septic systems; stormwater runoff; and winter road salt all pose very real threats to the long-term health of the lake’s ecology and the Lake George Region’s economy.

The FUND for Lake George is dedicated to preventing these threats from devastating the lake. Guided by data from the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system, The Jefferson Project, as well as additional FUND research, the not-for-profit organization is leading a multi-faceted, science-to-solutions effort to keep the 32-mile-long tourism mecca and drinking water source clear of harmful algal blooms and other threats, and providing a roadmap for other lakeside communities across the country.

Executive Director of The FUND for Lake George Eric Siy and CEO of Fort William Henry Corp. in Lake George and Chair of The FUND’s Council of Business Advisors Kathy Flacke Muncil join us to tell us more.

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The sloop Clearwater turns 50 on Friday. It was launched on May 17, 1969. Pete Seeger, who founded Clearwater and conceived and help build the sloop, was born May 3, 1919, and centennial celebrations for him are ongoing. Clearwater is calling this its "50/100" anniversary. The anniversary is the subject of a long resolution adopted last week by the NYS Senate and Assembly about Pete's legacy and Clearwater's work.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Saturday, May 18th, Clearwater is holding two public sails on the sloop (11am and 5pm) plus a free dockside event from 2:30 - 4:30 pm at the Ferry Dock in Beacon NY. There will be live music, tours of the sloop, Hudson River fish and invertebrates, banjo crafting and more.

Coming up in June, 50/100 edition of Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival takes place June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park.

Here to celebrate the sloop with us we welcome Betsy Garthwaite, former longtime captain of the Clearwater (also a former chair of Clearwater's board), Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater's environmental director, and Stephen Smith, chair of Clearwater's board.

In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

In "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming," David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await: food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe.

David Wallace-Wells is a national fellow at the New America foundation and a columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine.

"Grand Canyon For Sale" by Stephen Nash is an investigation of the precarious future of America’s public lands: our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and wildernesses. Taking the Grand Canyon as his key example, and using on-the-ground reporting as well as scientific research, Stephen Nash shows how accelerating climate change will dislocate wildlife populations and vegetation across hundreds of thousands of square miles of the national landscape.

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        The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has a new director.

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A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to bring more accountability to federal conservation programs.

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An audience in Saratoga Springs on Thursday heard from a conservation group about a plan that places pressure on public officials to protect the Adirondack Park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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The Pitney Meadows Community Farm non-profit is inviting the local community to celebrate the purchase of the Pitney Farm in Saratoga Springs.

Barn painting by Tom Kerr
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Here are some numbers for you: It is the 26th Anniversary of the Agricultural Stewardship Association and on October 8th, ASA will present their 15th Annual Landscapes for Landsake Art Sale & Exhibition.

The event is a fundraiser to support local farmland conservation, the show features thirty-one artists whose work is inspired by the region's working landscapes. It takes place in the historic barn at Maple Ridge in the hamlet of Coila, just west of the Village of Cambridge.

Teri Ptacek is Executive Director of the Agricultural Stewardship Association and she joins us along with Dave Horn, a former Board member and Board Chair. Dave was one of the founders of the exhibit and has been critical to the success of the show as an active volunteer for 15 years.

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As autumn approaches, so does hunting season in New York. And as hunters begin preparing for treks into the woods, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is asking for a change: this fall, use bullets that are lead-free.

Scenic Hudson Launches New Land Conservation Effort

Jul 28, 2016
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Scenic Hudson is launching a land conservation initiative, with a twist. The environmental group’s strategy involves a computer model and networks of conservation areas to help address impacts of climate change.

The Paris Climate Agreement is under attack in the Courts and Congress, and almost all of the GOP presidential candidates have remained faithful to their parties’ anti-environmental orthodoxy. It seems an unlikely time for the criterion view advanced by lawyer and environmental leader Frederic Rich in his new book Getting to Green: Saving Nature a Bipartisan Solution. Rich argues that the deadlock on environmental progress can be broken by a concerted effort to reconnect the right with its traditional support for conservation, and some basic reforms to the way the green movement does business.

  For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine “natural” ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong—what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders?

In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey across six continents to rediscover what conservation in the twenty-first century should be about. The case for keeping out alien species, he finds, looks increasingly flawed. As Pearce argues, mainstream environmentalists are right that we need a rewilding of the earth, but they are wrong if they imagine that we can achieve that by reengineering ecosystems.

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As the warm weather arrives and summer tourism season begins, a leading conservation and preservation organization in Massachusetts is showcasing many of its properties.  The Trustees of Reservations owns beaches, forests, and parklands, as well as several cultural treasures.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s president Barbara Erickson.

  The Columbia Land Conservancy is a county-wide accredited land trust working with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County.

They have their annual Country Barbecue, on Sunday, May 24th, which is a celebration showcasing their conservation work in the region.

Peter Paden is the Executive Director of the Columbia Land Conservancy’s and joins us to talk about their programs and achievements in support of local agriculture that will be highlighted at Sunday’s Barbecue.

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  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has revised its list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, which is used to focus conservation resources where they're most urgently needed. The draft final list contains 372 species.

The list is part of developing the State Wildlife Action Plan, which enables New York to be eligible for federal funding through the State Wildlife Grants Program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

  Over half of the world's wildlife has disappeared over the last 40 years. Paul Rosolie - a naturalist and conservationist who lives and works in the Mother of God region of the Amazon, one of the most remote areas of the rain forest - has dedicated his life to helping restore the balance.

This past summer Rosalie was swallowed by a giant anaconda - to bring attention to the region he loves. The television special detailing the journey into (and back out of the snake) will air on The Discovery Channel on Sunday, December 7th.

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State officials and others gathered at a small Adirondack cabin this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Act. 

On a Johnsburg hillside in Warren County, with an unobstructed view of forest and mountains, a crowd gathered at a modest-looking cabin. 

Since 1947, the cabin has been owned by the family of conservationist Howard Zahniser. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Federal Wilderness Act, much of it written by Zanhiser in his Adirondack refuge.

    A one-of-a-kind blend of art, nature, and conservation, The Underwater Museum re-creates an awe-inspiring dive into the dazzling under-ocean sculpture parks of artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

Taylor casts his life-size statues from a special kind of cement that facilitates reef growth, and sinks them to the ocean floor. There, over time, the artworks attract corals, algae, and fish, and evolve into beautiful and surreal installations that are also living reefs. This volume brings readers face to face with these wonders and explains the science behind their creation.

Scenic Hudson Preserves Land In Ulster County

Jun 18, 2014
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An environmental group has ensured the protection of 80 acres of land in New York’s Ulster County. It’s part of the group’s Save the Land That Matters Most campaign.

Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson has acquired a conservation easement ensuring the permanent protection of 80 acres of farm fields and woods in Esopus. Seth McKee is Scenic Hudson land conservation director. He says Riverhill Farm is within the Esopus-Lloyd Scenic Area of Statewide Significance.

A newly released Harvard University study details the consequences of land-use decisions in Massachusetts.  It warns that current development patterns, if left unchanged, will have consequences for water quality and climate change.

If recent development trends continue Massachusetts would lose 13 percent of its forest land over the next 50 years which would undermine recent land conservation gains, threaten wildlife habitats, put drinking water supplies at risk and result in harsher consequences of climate change.

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Environmental officials from across Massachusetts were in the Berkshires this week to celebrate a conservation milestone.

  The Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is a community-supported land trust dedicated to protecting our local farmland from encroaching development, working together with interested landowners and active supporters.

They will be holding their 12th Annual Art Exhibition to benefit farmland conservation this weekend at Maple Ridge in Cambridge. ASA Executive Director Teri Ptacek joins us to tell us more.

Scenic Hudson Preserves Hudson Highlands Acreage

Jul 19, 2013
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More than 100 acres has been preserved in New York’s Hudson Highlands.

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Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game have released their results of the first statewide bald eagle nesting survey, conducted earlier this spring.

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 30 active bald eagle nets have been verified in Massachusetts, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod. The eagles were spotted as part of the state’s first bald eagle nesting survey, which was coordinated by the department’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and involved agency staff and volunteers.

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Officials have placed a conservation restriction on a forest covered mountain in western Massachusetts marking the largest private land conservation deal in the state in nearly a century. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The conservation restriction on 3,500 acres of Brushy Mountain in the towns of Leverett and Shutesbury allows forestry operations to continue, but conserves wildlife habitat and will provide recreational access to the public on what was previously private land.