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of Agriculture (USDA)
Grant and Partnership Programs that Can Address Invasive Species
Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control - Federal
Fiscal Year 2011 (PDF | 110 KB) (Oct 2010)
This workbook contains basic information on programs in USDA that
could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. This list
should be a helpful place to start a search for sources of technical and financial
resources for invasive species activities but may not include all potential invasive
species funding opportunities. Please use this workbook to help in your important
and vital work in safeguarding and enhancing natural, recreational and agricultural
Backbone at Risk (Oct 27, 2010)
International Union for Conservation of Nature.
One-fifth of the world’s vertebrates are facing extinction, however, the
situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts,
according to a study launched at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention
on Biological Diversity, CBD, in Nagoya, Japan. The authors of the study, to
be published in the international journal Science, used data for 25,000
species from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, to investigate the
status of the world's vertebrates (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes)
and how this status has changed over time. The results show that, on average,
50 species of mammal, bird and amphibian move closer to extinction each year
due to the impacts of agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation and
invasive alien species.
Sought on Plan to Combat Deadly White-Nose Syndrome in Bats (Oct 27, 2010)
Fish and Wildlife Service.
(WNS) has killed more than a million bats in
the Northeast and has spread to 11 or more states
in less than four years since its discovery near
Albany, New York. The U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with other
federal agencies, including USDA,
state agencies and tribal governments, is proposing
a coordinated national management plan to address
this critical environmental issue. The proposed
plan is available for review and comment through Dec
26, 2010. The plan and additional information
are available on the FWS White-Nose
sting: The real cost of damaging Planet Earth (Oct
This is the first in a series of three articles on the economic cost of human
activity on the natural world. The impact of biodiversity loss is felt hardest
by the world's poor. The livelihood and employment of hundreds of millions of
people depend upon the world's natural resources, whether it be fish to eat or
sell, fertile soil for farming or trees for fuel, construction and flood control,
to name just three.
partners in six states consider converting invasive plants to fuel (Oct
Montana State University.
Converting invasive plants to fuel is an intriguing
idea that's being investigated by partners in a
regional project. Russian olive and saltcedar alone
could supply biomass far into the future, according
to weed experts throughout the region. The Center
for Invasive Plant Management and MSU were
recently awarded $1 million from the Natural Resources
Conservation Service, Conservation
Innovation Grant program, to develop innovative
ideas for managing invasive plants and work with
public and private partners in Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Wyoming Colorado and Nebraska.
and Wildlife Service Awards $1.6 Million in Grants to Research
and Manage the Spread of White-Nose Syndrome (Oct
Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced
six grant awards totaling approximately $1.6 million to investigate the cause
of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats and
to identify ways to manage it. White-nose syndrome has killed more than a million
bats in eastern North America and has spread rapidly across the United States
and into Canada since its discovery in 2007.
New USDA Study
Shows Extent of Land Degradation and Recovery on Western Rangelands (Oct
Agricultural Research Service.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released
a new study by scientists and conservationists showing that non-federal rangelands
in the Western United States are productive, but that non-native grasses and
shrubs pose a potential threat to the rangelands' productivity. The study National
Ecosystem Assessments Supported by Scientific and Local Knowledge, published
in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, reveals that less than
25 percent of non-federal rangelands have significant land degradation but that
non-native plant species now occur on nearly 50 percent of all non-federal rangeland.
While some of these species have significant benefits for soil conservation,
others have negative effects.
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