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How the goal of sustainable land use can be furthered by collaborative land conservation and natural resource management across boundaries.
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"Gene Drives" And CRISPR Could Revolutionize Ecosystem Management

"Gene Drives" And CRISPR Could Revolutionize Ecosystem Management | Landscape Connections | Scoop.it
A note from the authors: With this guest blog post we want to share the key features of an innovative method for the high-precision genome editing of wild populations that has been outlined by our team at the Wyss Institute, Harvard Medical School,...
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Technologically amazing. Ethically interesting. Would we use a gene drive to inhibit spread of Lyme Disease or Malaria?

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Soundscapes Of Silence: How To Listen To Landscapes For Ecological Damage

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Soundscapes Of Silence: How To Listen To Landscapes For Ecological Damage
Worldcrunch
GENEVA — A musician and PhD in bioacoustics, Bernie Krause is on a mission to create a systematic organisation of the landscape of sound signatures.
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Perhaps, in the future, long-term monitoring in wildlands and woodlands could include soundscape recordings that, like photographs, would capture more data than the measuring of vegatation alone.

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Spring: where has it gone? Long winter in northern Europe - impacts on nature and agriculture

Spring: where has it gone? Long winter in northern Europe - impacts on nature and agriculture | Landscape Connections | Scoop.it
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Spring: where has it gone?
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Spring is being dreamed," wrote Thomas, and talk of Easter bunnies and blossom certainly feels like a fantasy when the landscape shivers as if it were early February.
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Scientists suggest the long winter in North America linked to melting Arctic ice: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/25/scientists-long-winter-in-u-s-the-result-of-melting-arctic-ice-cap/ ;

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Removing barriers: a new perspective on landscape connectivity | Conservation Corridor

Removing barriers: a new perspective on landscape connectivity | Conservation Corridor | Landscape Connections | Scoop.it
#TNC #scientists in #WA look at how to expand wildlife corridors http://t.co/B51O0Yeh
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Potentially novel approach to increasing habitat connectivity by understanding the relative impact of barriers.  

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Final Week to Submit Pre-Proposals for the Regional Conservation ...

Monday, July 14 is the last day to submit pre-proposals to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Through RCPP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Natural Resources Conservation Service ...
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Looking for a new money to pay your region's landowners for conserving and managing their woodlands? The RCP Program is probably worth your time.

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Sunshine, skippers and south-facing slopes - Planet Earth

Sunshine, skippers and south-facing slopes - Planet Earth | Landscape Connections | Scoop.it
Sunshine, skippers and south-facing slopes
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Jonathan Bennie explains what this could mean for conservation, and how monitoring the impact of tiny microclimates around paths or patches of vegetation could help endangered species cope.
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Key findings of butterfly research in the UK, by Dr Jonathan Bennie, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute.  j.j.bennie@exeter.ac.uk.

 

* Conserve the range of habitat structures and features in the landscape that create a diversity of microclimates.

 

* At a landscape scale, keep space for wildlife along the full range of microclimatic conditions available - from icy mountain tops, snow beds and frost hollows to south-facing sun-traps, from valley-bottom wetlands to steep slopes with drought-prone thin soils.

 

* By managing for microclimatic diversity we can protect plants and animals from the worst effects of extreme climate.

 

Sounds a lot like TNC's Resiliency Science: Go here for more information on this science in the Northeastern US: http://www.osiny.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8519

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Mt. A coalition looks to conserve 6000 more acres - Seacoastonline.com

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Mt. A coalition looks to conserve 6000 more acres
Seacoastonline.com
The land mass is the largest conservation area north of the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, and allows for a biodiverse ecosystem home to everything from migratory birds to black bears.
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The partners of the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation (Mt. A2C) Initiative coordinate their land conservation and management activities. Regulary scheduled in-person meetings and continuous communication help ensure forward movement. Mt. A2C is a regional conservation partnership to study and emulate.

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