August 19, 2011 |
The Great Dismal Swamp, befitting its name, is not the most hospitable of places. The 110,000 acres of unforgiving forested marshland in southeastern Virginia served as refuge for fleeing Native Americans in the 1600s and runaway slaves in the 1800s. The same inaccessibility that provided protection to some in the past has created difficulties for crews battling a wildfire that has charred more than 6,000 acres at the national wildlife refuge since Aug. 4. "There are vines so thick that you get tangled up if you don't have a machete," said deputy refuge manager Cindy Lane.
November 24, 2010
Right about now in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, dozens of pregnant female polar bears are preparing to give birth in dens they dug into the snowdrifts last month, unaware that the fate of their home, and possibly their species, hinges on the price of gasoline. The Obama administration can and should change that. Big Oil and its congressional allies have been mounting attempts to open the refuge to oil and gas development since the 1970s. There is no immediate danger that they'll succeed.
October 3, 2010 |
THE BEST WAY TO SACRAMENTO From LAX, nonstop service is available on Southwest and United. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $158. WHERE TO GO At least six wildlife refuges are located within a 90-minute drive of Sacramento: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley; (530) 846-7500, http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/graylodge/index.html . About 60 miles north of Sacramento. Admission $2.50 for ages 16 and older; kids are free.
October 3, 2010 |
It was like a lottery-winning moment for birders. I looked up through the windshield, and there it was: brown and striped, gliding toward a tangle of reeds a few feet from our car — an American bittern. Bitterns are common at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, but they're elusive and rarely seen. Even an ornithologist friend has seen only two or three. Gray Lodge is one of more than half a dozen wildlife refuges in the Sacramento Valley, a habitat-rich basin that comprises the northern end of the Central Valley from Redding south to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
July 30, 2010 |
In its most sweeping response to the gulf oil spill, the House on Friday approved legislation that would impose new environmental safeguards for offshore drilling, remove a liability cap for spill damages, and slap industry with a new tax to fund conservation projects nationwide. The Democratic-drafted legislation passed on a largely party-line 209-193 vote, but faces trouble in the deeply divided Senate. The measure would remove a $75-million liability cap on oil firms for economic damages caused by spills and hit energy producers with a new $2-per-barrel tax to fund land purchases for national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.
March 20, 2009 |
A judge on Thursday blocked a federal rule allowing people to carry concealed, loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly halts a change in regulations issued in the waning days of the Bush administration and orders further review. She set an April 20 deadline for the Interior Department to review the rule and indicate its course of action in response to the injunction. The rule, which took effect Jan.