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Coverage of conservation practices since October 3, 2020.

Trudeau government mum on Japan's invitation to rejoin global timber treaty

"...But Canada has now been absent from the timber organization for nearly a decade, during which the World Wildlife Fund has reported worsening tropical deforestation in parts of southern Africa and Peru, driven by illegal and unsustainable logging..."


Kroeker Farms awarded for decades of wise farm management & conservation practices

"...Protecting the Pembina Valley's rich soil and reducing soil erosion is a key value for Kroeker Farms in Winkler. Those values, shown through ongoing efforts to implement various conservation practices and initiatives over many years have caught the attention of a number of organizations..."


Ranch Musings: Drought and the perilous bounty

"...In his book he notes the peril that looms for areas that through fertilization and pesticides has kept producing more and more food and energy crops. The Central Valley in California produces half of the food eaten in the US. But, he says, a flood such as the Valley had in the late 1880s and which is due any day would imperil the huge dairy industry and the water supply of the human population..."


Study: constructed wetlands are best protection for agricultural runoff into waterways

"..."Currently, there's individual management or conservation practices, and those include cover crop, high-precision fertilizer application, reduced tillage, constructed wetlands and ravine tip management. Those are some of the different practices we considered," Hansen said. "But management of non-point sources is voluntary in the U..."


More 'fairness' needed in conservation

"...New research shows what is often assumed to be 'fair' in conservation practice may not be considered so by the very people most affected by it--and a new approach is needed if protected areas are to be effective..."


Solar energy and pollinator conservation: A path for real impact?

"...Annapolis, MD; June 3, 2021--Amid the steady growth of solar energy production in the United States, pollinator conservation at solar installations has become an appealing secondary pursuit, but the long-term success of such efforts remains to be seen. Can the land within a solar farm be made a true resource for pollinating insects? Will solar developers see value in the extra investment to plant and maintain flowering vegetation?..."


De Salaberry Seeks Help With Water Line Break, Conserving Water Supply

"...The notice mentioned an observed increase in the area’s water consumption in the past week, and that the Water Treatment Plant is nearing production capacity as lawns are being watered and pools are being filled..."


How the humble woodchip is cleaning up water worldwide

"..."Nitrogen pollution from farms is relevant around the world, from corn and bean farms here in Illinois to sugarcane and pineapple farms in Australia to diverse farms bordered by ditches in Belgium. We're all dealing with this issue. It's really exciting that bioreactors are bringing us together around a potential solution," says Laura Christianson, assistant professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and lead author on a new synthesis article accepted for publication in Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)..."


This tree snake climbs with a lasso-like motion

"...Researchers reporting in Current Biology on January 11 have discovered that invasive brown tree snakes living on Guam can get around in a way that had never been seen before. The discovery of the snake's lasso-like locomotion for climbing their way up smooth vertical cylinders has important implications, both for understanding the snakes and for conservation practices aimed at protecting birds from them..."


Nature conservation requires more dynamic approach to weather impacts of climate change

"...Current nature conservation practices are not sufficiently flexible and dynamic to weather the impacts of climate change..."


Nearly $2 Million In Government Funding To Benefit Tall Grass Prairies

"...Carey Hamel is the Director of Conservation for the Manitoba branch of Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC), a not-for-profit organization focused on the protection of endangered species and species at risk. NCC has had researchers and conservation specialists stationed in Stuartburn for some time and Hamel was pleased to see such a sizable financial commitment to the area..."


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Mr. Sean McMahon: Improving Soil Health and Water Quality through the Conservation Infrastructure

"...New strategies and opportunities such as ecosystem services markets, linking soil health to land valuation and public-private partnerships are elements of the ‘Conservation Infrastructure Initiative,’ which will create additional rural jobs and economic development opportunities by expanding conservation practices such as cover crops while improving environmental outcomes..."


Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Soil Health Planning Principles: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 3

"...Soil function is related to the four ecosystem processes of carbon cycling, biocommunity cycling, water cycling and nutrient cycling, which are in every agroecosystem..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about conservation practices relevant to the latest news.

Evaluating the impacts of sustainable land management practices on water quality in an agricultural catchment in Lower Austria

"...Managing agricultural watersheds in an environmentally friendly manner necessitate the strategic implementation of well-targeted sustainable land management (SLM) practices that limit soil and nonpoint source pollution losses and translocation..."


Non-material nature?s contributions to people from a marine protected area support multiple dimensions of human well-being

"...To understand the relationships between non-material NCP and subjective human well-being, we surveyed 453 users of Litoral Norte?a multiple-use marine protected area in Portugal..."


Adaptation of the revised universal soil loss equation (RUSLE) to soil loss modeling in a semi-arid watershed: a case study fro

"...This assessment is based on the integration of different influencing factors: climate, soil erodibility, topography, vegetation cover, and soil conservation practices..."


Global influence of synthetic fertilizers on climate change

"...Climate change includes increased atmospheric concentrations of N2O, a powerful GHG, increased surface water acidification and eutrophication, and increased concentrations of phosphate in lakes and rivers that lead to algal blooms and other effects..."


Spatial assessment of water erosion hazard in Chiffa wadi watershed and along the first section of the Algerian North-South hig

"...In this context, this study aims to evaluate the extent of water erosion phenomenon in the Chiffa wadi watershed and identify areas prone to this hazard along the new North-South highway and the old national road (RN1) sections by applying a GIS-RUSLE approach..."


Comparative study on morphometric analysis and RUSLE-based approaches for micro-watershed prioritization using remote sensing a

"...The outcomes derived from the morphometric analysis and RUSLE model showed that the MWS-1 is prone to soil erosion and needs appropriate soil and water conservation practices before other MWSs..."


Examining farmers? adoption of nutrient management best management practices: a social cognitive framework

"...Therefore, continued efforts to understand the motivations and barriers that underlie farmers? conservation actions in a comprehensive and integrated manner are needed to improve outreach strategies, and research examining the relationships among factors such as farmers? self-efficacy, motivations, perceived economic pressure, and soil and water conservation practices adoption in row crop production systems is needed to inform that outreach..."


Households? willingness to pay for soil and water conservation practices on communal lands in South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia

"...In Ethiopia, indigenous soil and water conservation practices are poorly recorded and not considered by soil and water conservation experts and policymakers..."


Sustainable landscaping programs in the United States and their potential to encourage conservation and support ecosystem servi

"...Sustainable landscaping programs are voluntary initiatives that recommend a set of practices to improve the environmental quality of urban ecosystems by providing landscaping materials, guidelines, and educational resources..."


Landscape pattern analysis using GIS and remote sensing to diagnose soil erosion and nutrient availability in two agroecologica

"...The objective of the study was to diagnose the spatial distribution of soil erosion and soil nutrient variations under different land use in two agroecological zones of Southern Mali using the Geographical Information System (GIS) software, the empirically derived relationship of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, in-situ soil data measurement and satellite products..."