Archive for September 2019

Global youth demand climate action

The signs said it all: “There’s no Planet B.” “The world is changing, why aren’t we?” “Our home is on fire.” “I would be in school if the planet was more cool.” Last Friday, Sept. 20, millions of young people all over the world skipped school to demand action on climate change. School strikes were…

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Get rid of the ‘bad apples’ of land conservation

Farmers have long known that one rotten apple is enough to spoil the whole bunch. In the land conservation business, a couple of “bad apples” are threatening to spoil the work of hundreds of reputable land conservation groups and projects. The Land Trust Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting the conservation community, is calling…

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A huge victory for preserved land in NJ and beyond

The land conservation community in New Jersey was stunned five years ago when the private, for-profit PennEast pipeline company announced plans to build a gas pipeline across miles of preserved open space and farmland in Hunterdon and Mercer counties. “How can they do that? It’s preserved land!” was a typical reaction. This week, the long-awaited…

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Is your yard a ‘food desert’ of non-native plants?

Your yard may be your neighbors’ envy … beautifully landscaped and well maintained. But if it’s full of non-native plants, to birds it’s a parched desert. A recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that birds who need high-protein insects often go hungry in yards landscaped with non-native plants. As a result, populations…

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