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05/01/2008
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What do you get when you cross President George W. Bush and National Wildlife Federation president Larry Schweiger? A bare-knuckled fight? A warm embrace? Political Armageddon? For anyone who has kept tabs on the conservation scene over the last seven-plus years, President Bush and...
04/15/2008
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As I’ve written before in this space, national wildlife refuges are economic powerhouses. A new federal study confirms that statement in spades. Consider: National wildlife refuges, which have suffered from budget cuts in recent years, return $4 in economic activity for every $1 they cost...
03/12/2008
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Picture the scene: Your pointing dog is quartering the brush at a blistering pace, his nose combing the ground for scent like a vacuum chemically enhanced with human growth hormone. Suddenly, Ol’ Gun Dog puts on the brakes, his head, like a statue, cants to the ground, his tail becomes erect...
03/12/2008
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With so much misinformation surrounding the environmental consequences of biofuels production, it’s oftentimes difficult to separate fact from fiction. Those pithy, persuasive advertising slogans are difficult to ignore. One of my favorites: Live Green, Go Yellow, Fill Up, Feel Good.
03/12/2008
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In July of 1970, in response to growing public opinion that our natural environment was being wantonly neglected, the Nixon administration and Congress worked together to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to the agency’s establishment, the federal government was...
11/12/2006
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Pity the poor person who has never spent a day at a National Wildlife Refuge. For outdoor lovers, they are places to spy nature up close and personal, to see it, smell it and be a part of it. Wildlife-watching. Hunting. Fishing. A long hike on crisp winter day. The experiences you can have...
11/12/2006
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Terry Riley, vice president of policy for the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), is adept at answering questions that concern America’s natural resources. Truth is, he should be.
11/12/2006
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Con Bunde has an idea -- an old one, but a good one nonetheless. Bunde, a Republican state Senator from Anchorage, Alaska is the sponsor of a bill that would require the wildlife watchers of his majestic state to pony up a little extra cash to help pay the state’s outdoors expenses. The...
07/30/2006
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The folklore and rumors about this somewhat mysterious furbearer seem to have a life of their own. Coyotes have been in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. We're not sure if they migrated here or were always here. But they weren't stocked by the Game Commission, insurance companies or foresters....
07/18/2006
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Out of all the many strategies to hunt, deer stand hunting is perhaps the most productive. It stands to reason for the stand hunter is sitting motionless and thus is avoiding detection through movement.