Forest service withdraws logging project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest to spare endangered fish

ASHEVILLE, N.C.― The U.S. Forest Service this week announced it will withdraw a 2,400-acre logging project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest following objections raised by conservation groups about harm to an endangered fish. The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Blackwater submitted formal objections in July. The groups said the Big Rock Timber […]

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Genetic resistance to devastating ash tree disease discovered – and it could help save the species

Scientists have discovered a genetic basis to resistance against ash tree dieback, a devastating fungal infection that is predicted to kill over half of the ash trees in the region, and it could open up new possibilities to save the species. The invasive fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus has spread throughout Europe’s ash populations but is especially dire in […]

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Biodiversity boosts crop pollinators and pest controllers, study finds

  A new study looks at the reliance on biodiversity of ecosystem services provided by pollinating and pest-controlling insects. Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects. The scientists found that the reduction in ecosystem services provided […]

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