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Drought persists, causing water resource issues for central U.S.; 2012 virtually certain to become warmest year on record for the nation

Drought persists, causing water resource issues for central U.S.; 2012 virtually certain to become warmest year on record for the nation

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during November was 44.1°F, 2.1°F above the 20th century average, tying 2004 as the 20th warmest November on record. The autumn contiguous U.S. temperature of 54.7°F was the 21st warmest autumn, 1.1°F above average.

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Partnership Celebrates Successful Conservation of Rugged West Virginia Forest

Partnership Celebrates Successful Conservation of Rugged West Virginia Forest

More than 400 acres of mountain forest along Mount Porte Crayon is protected for future generations through a partnership involving The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Highly anticipated down-scaled climate data to be released this winter

Highly anticipated down-scaled climate data to be released this winter

Global climate models project that Earth’s temperature will warm by about 2°-4°C (about 3°-7°F) in the coming century. But what does that mean for communities, natural resource managers, and other local interests?

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Service Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

Service Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced its Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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New Website launches - ConservationCorridor.org

New Website launches - ConservationCorridor.org

Landscape corridors are among the most important conservation strategies in the face of global changes such as habitat fragmentation, habitat destruction, and climate change.

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Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Reopen Public Comment Period on Process for Identifying Habitat Essential to Species Protected Under the ESA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) have reopened the public comment period on a joint proposal to simplify the process of identifying habitat essential to the survival and recovery of species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Due to public interest in this proposal and multiple requests for additional time, the agencies, which jointly administer the ESA, will accept comments and information from the public for an additional 90 days.

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Sizing up Biomass from Space

Sizing up Biomass from Space

The biomass stored in forests is thought to play a critical role in mitigating the catastrophic effects of global climate change.

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Maryland's Trees Create a Truly Green Economy

Like many other states, Maryland has an active forest markets industry. Working with private landowners to practice sustainable forest management is paying off in spades.

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Service Partners with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University to Foster Conservation Leadership

Service Partners with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University to Foster Conservation Leadership

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and George Mason University (Mason) have created a partnership to foster professional training, career development and youth education for a new generation of conservation professionals.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States  for Annual Endangered Species Grants

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States for Annual Endangered Species Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal financial assistance to acquire land or conduct planning efforts for endangered species conservation.

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Lock Haven, Nature Conservancy Protect 5,200 Acres in Conservation Effort

Lock Haven, Nature Conservancy Protect 5,200 Acres in Conservation Effort

Lock Haven City Authority, as a partner in The Nature Conservancy’s Working Woodlands Program, agrees to forever protect and sustainably manage its forest and freshwater resources.

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Appalachian LCC Chair David Whitehurst Receives Southeast's Most Prestigious Conservation Award

Appalachian LCC Chair David Whitehurst Receives Southeast's Most Prestigious Conservation Award

David Whitehurst, Chair of the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Steering Committee and Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Resources at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), received the Clarence W. Watson Award for his tremendous, sustained service to resource conservation.

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Interior Secretary Announces Funding for 2012 CSC Research

Interior Secretary Announces Funding for 2012 CSC Research

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced funding of more than $10 million awarded by Interior's regional Climate Science Centers to universities or other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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DOI Invited Nominations for NCCWSC & CSC Federal Advisory Committee

Intent to create a Federal Advisory Committee for the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and DOI Climate Science Centers

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Appalachian LCC Launches New Community Web Portal

Appalachian LCC Launches New Community Web Portal

Our new Content Management System (CMS) will provide up-to-date news and information to members, partners, and the general public about the Appalachian LCC’s work, ongoing projects, new products, and publications.

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USDA and Interior Reach Historic Agreement to Support Voluntary Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Working Agricultural Lands

USDA and Interior Reach Historic Agreement to Support Voluntary Wildlife Conservation Efforts on Working Agricultural Lands

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe today announced an agreement that will provide long-term regulatory predictability for up to 30 years to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners participating in NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Initiative.

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Wind energy company requests Endangered Species Act permit for W.Va. project

Wind energy company requests Endangered Species Act permit for W.Va. project

Beech Ridge Energy has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an incidental take permit addressing impacts to endangered bats at the company’s wind energy project in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, West Virginia.

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Scientists Locate Natural “Strongholds” that Could Protect Nature in the Face of Climate Change

Scientists Locate Natural “Strongholds” that Could Protect Nature in the Face of Climate Change

A new study by The Nature Conservancy has identified a series of landscapes across the American Northeast and southeastern Canada that are predicted to withstand the growing impacts of climate change and help ensure nature’s survival.

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PA Mussels Used to Help Restore Streams in Ohio, Illinois, and West Virginia

PA Mussels Used to Help Restore Streams in Ohio, Illinois, and West Virginia

A joint effort between federal and state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), has resulted in the successful collection and relocation of approximately 4,000 state and federal endangered northern riffleshell mussels from a site on the Allegheny River along the border of Forest and Venango counties.

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Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series

A discussion of the programs the Forest Service utilizes to preserve open space through conservation easements and land acquisitions.

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