Science Daily reports
New research shows that 21st century British woodlands are less distinctive than those of the early 20th century due to environmental change. Native woodland plants have re-organised over the last 70 years in response to increased soil fertility and loss of light related to increased canopy shading.
SOURCE: Science Daily – Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss
Bournemouth University. “Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss.” ScienceDaily 21 July 2009.
25 July 2009 <http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/07/090722083727.htm>
The Globe and Mail reports
On naked patches of land in Western Canada and the United States, scientists are planting trees that don’t belong there. It’s a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – Should humans dictate nature in the name of conservation?
“Kristina Hill, associate professor and director of the Program in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia, said considering biodiversity in urban design is particularly important as human density in coastal areas continues to increase……..”
Read more of the article @ the SOURCE: Phyorg.com – Urban areas offer hidden biodiversit
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TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram
Dennis Markwardt, Texas Department of Transportation’s director of vegetation management, interviewed by Temple Daily Telegram states that this year is one of the worst years on record for wildflowers for many areas in Texas. Apparently the TXDOT stated back in 1932 cultivating wildflowers – “TxDOT buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year.”
SOURCE: Drought means fewer wildflowers – TDTNews.com – Temple Daily Telegram
Los Angeles Times reports
“Mexico City’s elite is up in arms over plans to build roadway tunnels and overpasses through lovely suburban neighborhoods, a project that critics say would push the city’s destructive sprawl into forests and a vital aquifer when fresh air and water are already scarce.”
Read the full article at the SOURCE: Los Angeles Times- Mexico City road project pits rich against richer
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Winnipeg Free Press reports
“It may be only 700 metres wide but the redevelopment of the Red River Floodway will be bigger than 16 Assiniboine Parks by the time it’s finished in a decade or two.
Jeff Frank, the landscape architect of the proposed development, said 250 metres on either side of the 48-kilometre portion of the channel between St. Norbert and Lockport will be revitalized, with a combination of nature and recreation-friendly amenities. It will cover about 6,500 acres, dwarfing the 400 acres belonging to Assiniboine park, he said.”
[SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press – Floodway to feature recreation, forests, hills]
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