Tuesday, June 10, 2008

conservation news

News on the recently-passed Farm Bill is a mixed bag for conservation. See a good summary at the American Bird Conservancy page on this topic, here.

Highlights from the Farm Bill include: "The Farm Bill reauthorization will provide $4 billion more for conservation over ten years. This will be split among current programs, fund a new program to pay farmers to conserve wetlands, and add new incentives for endangered species habitat improvement, conservation easements, and forest conservation. The Bill reauthorizes the important Grassland Reserve Program, and expands the popular Conservation Stewardship Program to 80 million acres from the current 16 million."

Read about wetland conservation at the site of Wetlands International, here.

A range of arctic conservation issues are described at WWF's page on this topic - here.

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