Category Archives: critical habitat

Global warming shutting down mid-Atlantic’s dranberry farms

I have fond memories of picking wild cranberries in three counties of northeastern Pennsylvania. These wild places of sphagnum moss, fringed orchids, cranberry plants and sundews are endangered by global warming. Sure, they’re not on the federal Endangered Species Act lists, but the future looks dim for these and a lot of other plant species. Read about cranberry farming.


Crimes against wildlife

This article from Twin Falls, Idaho, takes a nice hard look at poaching and the investigatory tricks employed by investigators. But there remains a whole other class of what could just as easily be called criminal: The ongoing destruction, paving over, fragmentation and outright loss of fish and wildlife habitat.

How much land is enough for all species to survive?

This, a recent Sunday newspaper column of mine, starts with a quote from Teddy Roosevelt. Red the whole piece and let me know what you think. Is three percent of our land enough? Four percent?

Last stand for North Idaho caribou?


Critical habitat designation for caribou stirs up protests

And those protests, of the “property rights” ilk, are quite familiar to longtime conservationists in the West. This article investigates the reaction of locals to critical habitat designation for woodland caribou in the far north of the Idaho Panhandle, a region I once went to a youth conservation camp in.

With deaths of forests, world losing climate protectors

This in-depth science feature, from the NYT, spells it out in quiet detail. I wish, though, that the authors of the feature had also talked about how sprawl development and attendant road-building is fragmenting and destroying native forests. Hell, I saw this kind of thing going on all the time while living in northeastern Pennsylvania, a region that had already lost much of its native forests from anthracite coal-mining stripping operations over the decades. And still, the public motors on as is if there is no harm to their carbon dioxide-creating activities.

How will climate change affect Yellowstone National Park?

That’s the question posed by the headline over this New York Times science-section article. Yellowstone, of course, is only one of more than 500 units within the National Park System. Sadly, cutthroat trout in Yellowstone-area streams will perish as their coldwater habitat transitions to warm water better suited to warm-water fishes like bass. And then there are disasters like Glacier National Park – park created to showcase glaciers which are nearly gone now, thanks to human activities.