Lošinj and Apoxyomenos delighted many visitors to Florence

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj and the Museum of Apoxyomenos were presented at the international archeological exhibition and fair “tourismA 2017.- Salone Internazionale dell’Archeologia” held in Florence last weekend.The third edition of “tourismA” is the largest event in the field of archeology and tourism dedicated to communication and valorization of cultural heritage, held from 17 to 19 February 2017, at the Palazzo dei Congresi in Florence – one of Europe’s most important cities strongly associated with its own cultural heritage . Over three days, with a great media response, about thirty conferences were held in five different conference halls, and along with Lošinj, several hundred participants from Egypt, Cyprus, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey and Greece participated, organized by the journal Archeologia Viva.During the presentation, the Chief Conservator for Immovable Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Miljenko Domijan, emphasized the importance of the statue and its discovery in the Lošinj archipelago, as well as the opening of the Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Lošinj. “Special features of Lošinj as a year-round destination of vitality, health and culture with an emphasis on the project ‘Apoxyomenos on the island of vitality’, which was awarded for the innovation of the year in October 2016 at the Days of Croatian Tourism. Applying in modern life the many values ​​nurtured in antiquity, the project interactively connects gastronomy, wellness, health, delicacies and souvenirs, and ancient routes for visitors. ” pointed out Zrinka Badurina from the Tourist Board of Mali LošinjIn the central part of the exhibition space at the Palazzo dei Congresi, great attention and enthusiasm was attracted by the faithful replica of the statue of Apoxyomenos during all three days. Employees of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj and the Museum of Apoximenes, at a joint exhibition point, presented the destination, the Museum of Apoxyomenos and answered numerous inquiries from interested visitors.Thousands of visitors showed great interest in Lošinj and Apoxyomenos, the ambassador of the island of vitality, which is just one step closer to extending the tourist season.last_img read more

Air Liquide heralds “new phase in Asia”

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Harbaugh in “middle of the pack” of NFL head coaches?

first_imgDespite being the only head coach in the NFL to lead his team to the postseason and win at least one playoff game in each of the last four seasons, John Harbaugh apparently isn’t getting much love from at least one national pundit.Ranking the 32 head coaches, NFL.com writer and regular WNST.net guest Gregg Rosenthal says Harbaugh ranks in the “middle of the pack” while listing 10 other coaches in higher categories in a tier-based ranking system. Rosenthal explains that the Ravens coach “inherited a great situation” while placing him in the same category as Mike Smith, Jeff Fisher, Gary Kubiak, Lovie Smith, Marvin Lewis, Pete Carroll, and Ken Whisenhunt.What’s sure to ruffle the feathers of many Ravens fans is Rosenthal ranking former Ravens defensive coordinator and Jets head coach Rex Ryan as well as new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen — without a win as a head coach in his entire coaching career — ahead of Harbaugh. To make the discussion even more interesting, Rosenthal ranks brother Jim as one of three head coaches in the “top shelf” elite category after one season in which he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game.Though I’d hesitate to rank any head coach — including Harbaugh — without a Super Bowl victory in the elite category, to suggest he’s only a middle-of-the-pack head coach discredits what he’s been able to accomplish in his first four years. As for the proclamation that Harbaugh walked into an opportune position, I’ll remind him that while he did benefit from working under one of the best front offices in the league and having an elite defense, he was also inheriting a 5-11 team with a problematic locker room that contributed to the dismissal of the previous head coach and a broken offense that did not have a quarterback.I rarely have a strong opinion about any rankings list where subjectivity reigns supreme, but to say Harbaugh only falls in the middle of the pack is a sizable slight.last_img read more

Brown puts local knowledge to good use

first_img3rd Stuart Brown (9) 36ptsOn our last visit here the A-nine was well below what we have come to expect, but what a difference a few weeks make as today it was back to its best again, clearly, a bit of maintenance had taken place. The weather was fine with blue skies and a nice breeze blowing.Robby Watts began a new week in fine style with an excellent round of thirty-nine points. Tony Robbins is finding some good consistency with a round of thirty-eight in second place – surely a cut in handicap is not far away. Stuart Brown took third with thirty-six, he also snagged a brace of near pins and almost had a third, the remaining two went to Robby Watts and Michael Brett. A disaster for Jimmy Carr as he lost all three sixes for the second day in a rowWednesday, July 24, Green Valley – Stableford1st Stuart Brown (8) 41pts2nd Michael Brett (15) 39pts3rd Les Cobban (7) 38ptsChris Delamare.Green Valley is now back to its best again and uncrowded so a nice quick round today. Home course advantage was again evident with Stuart Brown, a club member taking first place with forty-one points. This is the third time in a row that Stuart has won playing with the Bunker Boys on his home course. Second place went to Michael Brett on thirty-nine points, and third to Les Cobban on thirty-eight.Near pins went to Rocky Ishikawa, Jimmy Carr, and Michael Brett.Friday, July 26,Royal Lakeside – Stableford1st Chris Delamare (1) 34pts2nd Jimmy Carr (14) 33pts3rd Robby Watts (8) 32ptsIt made a pleasant change to visit a course in superb condition, although Royal Lakeside was a bit damp in places so we decided to apply the ‘pick, clean, and place’ rule.This was the quietest we have ever seen the course although we believe there was another two-ball out there somewhere. Scoring was mediocre with Chris Delamare taking first place with thirty-four points, Jimmy Carr was second on thirty-three, and Robby Watts brought up the rear with thirty-two points.Robby took one near pin and Chris three. PSC Golf from the Bunker BoysMonday, July 22, Pattana C & A – Stableford1st Robby Watts (9) 39pts2nd Tony Robins (23) 38ptslast_img read more

Selkirk Saints add to recruitment class with two new addition

first_imgLuongo is a 5’10” centre who recently completed his junior career with the PIJHL’s Aldergrove Kodiaks, where he scored nine goals and 33 points in 43 regular season games and added another nine points in 11 playoff contests.His PIJHL totals include 24 goals and 73 points over three years, while he spent the 2009/10 season playing Junior A with the MJHL’s Neepawa Natives and SJHL’s Estevan Bruins. “I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk and have the opportunity to play college hockey surrounded by top level players and coaches,” said Luongo, who describes himself as a gritty, high-energy player.“I’m looking forward to helping the Saints establish a winning tradition and making a run at a championship.” Wolff, meanwhile, joins the Saints following a junior career that included stops with the Oceanside Generals of the VIJHL and the Fernie Ghostriders of the KIJHL, where he compiled a record of 17 wins and 17 losses while totalling a 2.79 goals-against average and .907 save-percentage.He was a VIJHL All-Star in 2011 and was named the Generals’ Playoff MVP after leading his team on a postseason run later that season that saw him collect a 1.84 GAA and .946 SV% over seven games. “It’s always been my goal to play college hockey and I’m excited to be coming to a great school,” says Wolff, who stands 6-foot-3.“I’m going to work hard to establish myself as a top goaltender in the BCIHL and to better my game and skill level overall so that I can further pursue my career in hockey.” Luongo and Wolff join forwards Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson and defenceman Dylan Smith to bring Selkirk’s commitment total for the 2012/13 season to five. The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is doing anything and everything to improve on its last place finish in 2012.The Castlegar-based squad has announces two more commitments for the upcoming season in forward Matthew Luongo of Surrey and netminder Stephen Wolff  of Parksville.last_img read more

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final Preview – Colm Callinan

first_imgAll-Ireland Hurling Final Sunday….GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior ChampionshipFinalGaillimh v Port Láirge, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 3.30 This week we hear from both minor and senior camps starting with Galway Senior Goalkeeper Colm CallinanHe spoke to Sean WalshAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/COLM%20CALLINAN%20PRE%20WATERFORD%20OTL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The Minor Final between Galway and Cork throws in at 1.15 followed by the Senior Final between Galway and Waterford at 3.30 Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor ChampionshipFinalCorcaigh v Gaillimh, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 1.15print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Next Sunday is D-Day for The Galway Senior And Minor Hurling Teams as they feature on All-Ireland Sundaylast_img read more

‘To save a forest you have to destroy a nicer one’: U.S. Marines target forest in Guam

first_imgBirds, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forest Loss, Forests, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Indigenous Peoples, Interns, Plants, Snakes, Trees, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The U.S. Marine Corps is building a base on Guam that will destroy 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of limestone forest, habitat for numerous endangered species.As mitigation, the military is funding forest “enhancement” to remove invasive species from fenced zones and restore seed dispersal by native birds.The fence’s success depends on maintenance into perpetuity, but biologists on Guam question how long funding will really last. Ritidian, a cliff-top refuge on the island of Guam, is one of the last places in the Pacific where you can find the mossy pillars and plunging crevices of a limestone forest. It is one of the only places you can still hear the wingbeats of an endangered Mariana fruit bat and the very last place on the island to brush against the feathery leaves of Guam’s single mature hayun lågu tree. But Ritidian is also the site of a proposed U.S. Marines firing range, part of an $87 billion construction project known as the Guam Build-Up.Over the next five years, 5,000 Marines and their families are scheduled to relocate from Okinawa, Japan, to the new base, which will include housing and firing ranges. The project is slated to bulldoze 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of limestone forest, which the military reports as 8 percent of the remaining limestone forest left on Guam.Alternative sites ignoredSienna Hiebert, a Navy-contracted botanist on Guam, says the ecological impact of the construction will be far greater than the 8 percent of forest directly lost. The condemned forest comprises two large, continuous parcels of “pristine” limestone forest, according to Hiebert, while the remaining forest elsewhere is “so patchy.”The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concurs. It describes the condemned land as primary limestone forest with greater biodiversity and more carbon sequestration than degraded forest elsewhere on Guam.“The primary limestone forest on [Andersen Air Force Base] is considered some of the best native limestone forest left on Guam to serve as habitat for listed [threatened and endangered] species,” the agency wrote. “The removal and degradation of habitat includes some of the best remaining primary forest on Guam.”The agency warned that “the majority of remaining limestone forests on Guam” are located on military land, putting them at risk for future development.Hiebert says she believes the military could have picked a site requiring far less destruction. “There is plenty of land that could have been used. Half of the deforestation [will be] for housing, and there are plenty of sites that have old housing on them,” she says.She says the military should have considered building on the southern half of the island, where grazing, wildfires and World War II bombing have already converted the landscape to a grassy savanna.A ufa hålomtåno tree (Heritiera longipetiolata), listed by the USFWS as endangered, grows on limestone karst 60 meters (200 feet) outside the U.S. Marine Corps construction footprint. Image courtesy of Sienna HiebertJoni Quenga Kerr, an associate professor of science at Guam Community College, also says she fears the development will undo years of conservation work. As mitigation for a previous project, the military spent $1.1 million to fence off a portion of Ritidian.“The fence was meant to keep out invasive ungulates (wild pigs and deer) and serve as critical habitat for endangered species,” Kerr wrote in an e-mail. “The million-dollar fence will be torn down to build the firing range.”In its Biological Opinion, the USFWS strongly encouraged an alternative location. “The [Department of the Navy] should replace the proposed project footprint for the [Live-Fire Training Range Complex] with an alternative that does not clear the primary limestone forest at Ritidian Point, does not demolish the ungulate fence at Ritidian Point, and does not put a [Surface Danger Zone] over the [Guam National Wildlife Refuge],” the agency wrote. The military did not heed this advice.Guam’s limestone forest formed when tectonic forces pushed coral reefs above the ocean’s surface. Over millions of years, plants evolved to sink their roots into the sharp calcium-carbonate formations in search of water. Image courtesy of Joni Quenga Kerr.Limestone wonderKerr has spent her career studying this ecosystem. “Limestone forests were once submerged tropical reefs made by corals and other organisms that produced calcium carbonate skeletons,” she says. “Upon walking into a pristine limestone forest, one that has never been cleared or leveled for farming or development, one has to walk carefully to avoid tripping and falling onto uneven, sharp-edged karst.”The limestone forest threatened by construction is habitat for dozens of endemic and endangered species of bats, birds, butterflies, geckos, skinks, tree snails, cycads, trees, ferns and orchids. The list includes the critically endangered Mariana crow (Corvus kubaryi), fragile tree snail (Samoana fragilis) and Guam tree snail (Partula radiolata).But no species will more affected than the hayun lågu (Serianthes nelsonii), the tallest tree in the Marianas Islands and one of the most endangered species in the world. Its flowers, sprays of magenta threads dipped in gold, bloom from only one tree on Guam and 30 or so others on the neighboring island of Rota. The proposed firing range at Ritidian will envelop the last mature hayun lågu on Guam. The military has promised the tree will be left standing surrounded by a 30-meter (100-foot) buffer and, beyond that, according to plans, a practice area for machine gunners. The USFWS has nurtured and transplanted seedlings from the adult tree throughout Ritidian. These seedlings “constitute much of the entire Guam genetic lineage of S. nelsonii,” the agency wrote, “and all are within the proposed project’s footprint.”Guam has been a strategic U.S. territory since its liberation from Japanese occupation in 1944. But Kerr says Guam “really belongs” to its indigenous people, the CHamoru, who have lived here for 4,000 years.“I am a CHamoru and I care deeply about our limestone forests,” Kerr says. “Tearing down the trees and flattening the karst in a pristine area, just to have a place for marines to practice, is not worth it. Once destroyed, the character, essence, and beauty of a limestone forest are gone forever.”Construction of U.S. Marine Corps family housing on Finegayan Plateau, Guam, in September 2018. This site alone will clear 315 hectares (780 acres) of limestone rainforest. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.A fence for a forestTo mitigate the construction damage, the Marine Corps has committed to “enhance” 400 hectares of limestone forest elsewhere on Guam.Al Borja, environmental director of the Marine Corps Activity Guam Public Works Department, says this enhancement is a chance to tackle invasive species.The brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) arrived on Guam in the late 1940s, probably on the landing gear of a U.S. military plane. The snake, which eats eggs, has nearly eradicated the island’s bird life. Of Guam’s 13 native forest bird species, three have gone entirely extinct. Two exist only in captivity. Five persist on neighboring islands. And only three species remain on Guam, and these are barely hanging on. Two male Mariana crows persist in the north, Mariana swiftlets (Aerodramus bartschi) nest in a few caves, and one small population of Micronesian starlings (Aplonis opaca guami) lives among the military housing on Andersen Air Force Base.Without birds, the spider population has spiked to 40 times higher than in adjacent islands, and seed dispersal of native fruit trees has declined by up to 92 percent. Guam is the only place in the world where all fruit-eating wildlife species are functionally extinct. As a result, the majority of seedlings sprout directly beneath their parent trees, and many tree species are producing no viable offspring.Meanwhile, invasive Philippine deer (Rusa marianna) and feral pigs (Sus scrofa) nibble most of the saplings that do manage to sprout. The limestone forest has become a silent canopy of aging trees, largely devoid of the next generation.Spiderwebs lace the limestone forest. Since the invasive brown tree snake nearly wiped out 13 species of native forest bird, Guam’s spider population has spiked 40 times higher than in adjacent islands. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.The military’s mitigation plan hinges on excluding invasive species from pockets of forest and planting native saplings, grown from seeds salvaged from the construction zone.At a cost of $40 million, biologists are fencing off a patchwork of “enhancement” sites within Guam’s remaining forest. An ungulate-exclusion fence will encircle a total of 400 hectares, while sharpshooters will pick off any deer and pigs trapped inside.The military also plans to erect a snake-proof fence around 65 hectares (160 acres) of forest, with an additional 121 hectares (300 acres) if the test site succeeds. Biologists plan to helicopter-drop dead mice stuffed with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, to attract and poison any brown tree snakes inside the fence.In the future, these patches of snake-free forest could serve as habitat for native forest birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes to reintroduce the locally extinct Guam rail (Gallirallus owstoni) and Guam kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamominus), while Iowa State University biologist Haldre Rogers is propping up the Micronesian starling. If these and other fruit-eaters return to Guam, they could potentially disperse tree seeds across the island and restore the limestone forest’s ability to regenerate itself.The U.S. Marine Corps advertises this acre-for-acre trade — one acre enhanced for every acre developed — as a positive for Guam’s ecosystem.“Taken as a whole, the implementation of natural resource conservation measures and other restoration offsets that are part of the Marine Corps relocation would have a net-positive benefit to all protected species habitats affected by development,” Borja told the Pacific Daily News.Military-contracted botanist Sienna Hiebert collects berries from the endemic åplokhateng tree (Psychotria mariana) for germination and eventual transplantation into U.S. Marine Corps forest enhancement sites. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.Seeds of the åplokhateng tree (Psychotria mariana) await germination, as mitigation for the Guam Build-Up. Since the brown tree snake eradicated Guam’s forest birds, this tree has struggled to disperse its seeds and reproduce. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.Kerr, on the other hand, sees the trade-off as a bad deal for Guam.She says that although invasive species have altered the island’s ecology, “development is the primary reason that limestone forests are one of the most endangered forest types in the world.”Part of the mitigation involves salvaging hundreds of plants from the construction zone, including three kinds of epiphytic orchid and the only two known host species for the endangered Mariana eight-spot butterfly (Hypolimnas octocula marianensis). But Guam’s biologists find flaw with the plan’s execution.The host plants will be moved “from the area most populated by the endangered eight spot butterfly, to an area where few if any butterflies are found,” according to Kerr. And the orchids have been relocated to a site above Haputo Beach, where the military recently announced plans to expand a small-arms firing range, said Hiebert.Many species extirpated on Guam survive on its smaller neighbors, the Northern Mariana Islands, which remain free of brown tree snakes. Here, an endangered, ground-dwelling bird called the Micronesian megapode (Megapodius laperouse) still incubates its eggs with volcanic heat. The critically endangered Mariana skink (Emoia slevini) still congregates in social groups. The endangered Mariana fruit dove (Ptilinopus roseicapilla) still disperses seeds, the endangered Mariana wandering butterfly (Vagrans egistina), listed by the Endangered Species Act, still emerges from black-spiked caterpillars, and the endangered Pacific sheath-tailed bat (Emballonura semicaudata) still roosts colonially in forest caves.However, the military now intends to use two of these islands, Tinian and Pågan, for training. The military will acquire the northern two-thirds of Tinian and the entirety of Pågan for war simulation exercises, including high-impact bombardment, helicopter and sea landings, and firing of mortars, grenades, rockets and bombs.The proposal to turn these two islands into mock war zones prompted a lawsuit by indigenous and conservation groups, who argued that the training would destroy native forests, coral reefs, and CHamoru lands. The groups accused the military of obscuring its cumulative impact on the Mariana Islands ecosystem.“There isn’t any comprehensive document that shows all of these areas where [the military has] proposed to destroy the forest and put in all these training areas, housing, and firing ranges. I think they’ve done this on purpose to make them seem like small things, [but] they’re all clearly part of the same relocation of the Marines,” Hiebert says.An endangered cycad (Cycas micronesica), known as fadang in the CHamoru language, grows inside the U.S. Marine Corps construction footprint on Guam. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.Construction crews cleared this limestone forest in April 2019 to build a pistol range for U.S. Marines training. The crews are required by law to save endangered species, such as this fadang cycad, but the stress of direct sunlight may kill it anyway. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.Hiebert plays a key role in the forest enhancement project. As a military-contracted botanist, she is responsible for salvaging seeds from the condemned forest, germinating them in a shade-cloth nursery, and planting hundreds of thousands of native saplings within the fenced zones.Hiebert would prefer to restore all of Guam, without sacrificing any forest, but she doesn’t think anyone will pay for conservation on that scale.“Most people that are on the remediation side think that this [trade-off] is Guam’s only hope in saving the native forest. This is the only way that funding could possibly get procured,” Hiebert says. “I wish it were different, but for some reason, to save a forest you have to destroy a nicer one.”Botanists are using this newly built nursery to germinate seeds salvaged from the U.S. Marine Corps construction on Guam. They will transplant the saplings into forest enhancement sites as mitigation. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.Hiebert describes maintaining the fences as “a forever goal.” One gap in the fence would compromise its function.“If the snakes do come back in, they will eventually wipe out the bird population which, again, affects [seed] dispersal,” she says. “And if the ungulates come back in, then they eat all the seedlings again.”According to Borja, the military is “committed to the long-term maintenance of these [forest enhancement] sites, subject to Congressional authorization.”Yet Hiebert says she expects funding to last for only 30 years. She worries about the long-term maintenance of the fence.“Who’s actually going to fund it after 30 years?” she says. “Is all of this work going to be for naught, and … in 30 years, all the fence is going to decay, all the snakes are going to come back in, all the deer are going to eat all the seedlings, and the birds are all going to die?”Hiebert views her work as a gamble. The “ultimate question” is whether the trade-off — 400 hectares of limestone forest lost in exchange for 400 hectares enhanced — will turn out to be a good deal for Guam’s ecosystem as a whole.“If it works, it was worth it,” Hiebert says. “But if it doesn’t, then it was a huge catastrophe.”Banner image: Limestone forest within the construction footprint of a proposed U.S. Marine Corps base and firing-range complex on the Pacific island of Guam. Image courtesy of Sienna Hiebert.center_img Article published by Maria Salazarlast_img read more

Datebook 8/6

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMail Datebook entries to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] TODAY Wood Carving Workshop, 11:30 a.m., Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank. $2. Call (818) 238-5440. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” 5:30 p.m., Burbank Public Library, Buena Vista Branch, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Concert in the Park Series with The Platters, 6 p.m., Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Free. Call (818) 704-1358. last_img read more

Tornado damage slowly getting cleaned up in Jeff City

first_imgYou’re seeing Jefferson City’s tornado damaged areas slowly getting cleaned up.The city’s Sonny Sanders says the Public Works crew has already hauled off a lot of debris.“We also started picking up wind-blown storm debris, [so] anything that may have landed on your property.  They do ask that you separate those into two different piles.”Sanders adds that building permits for tornado damaged homes have been reduced to $25.The Historic City of Jefferson has volunteered to cover the cost of those permits to give homeowners a break.93.9 The Eagle is holding a radiothon for mid-Missouri tornado relief on June 21. Get more info here.last_img