Republican budget cuts threaten voluntary habitat conservation programs.
Environment: House Republicans slash $1 billion from USDA’s voluntary conservation and wildlife habitat programs
The U.S. House of Representatives this week cut almost $1 billion from U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs for Fiscal Year 2012, spurring criticism from environmental groups.
“We realize that Congress faces tough budget choices, but making draconian cuts to voluntary conservation programs that help farmers and ranchers provide all Americans with cleaner air and water, more productive soils and habitat for wildlife is penny-wise and dollar-foolish,” said Sara Hopper, agricultural policy director for Environmental Defense Fund and a former staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “The Senate needs to restore reasonable funding levels for conservation programs for the benefit of our environment and taxpayers.”
John Hiatt in Breckenridge.
Photoblog: Lovett and Hiatt in Breckenridge
BRECKENRIDGE — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt wowed the crowd at the Riverwalk Center Thursday night. Their personalities, humor, style, great singing voices and beautiful guitar work made the show a rare pleasure. Anyone in the audience not already a fan walked away as one by the end of the evening.
The stage presence and synergy between the two is mesmerizing. They clearly love what they do, and the audience loved watching them do it.
Pelicans rescued from gulf oil spill nesting in Georgia
SUMMIT COUNTY — In the months during and after the BP oil spill that began April 2010, more than 7,000 birds were collected dead, or died soon after, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An unknown number of additional birds were most likely exposed to oil and never recovered, either because they died at sea or in remote locations on the coast.
More than 1,200 birds were rehabilitated and released in Georgia, Florida, Texas and upstate Louisiana. Of those, 699 were brown pelicans, 140 of which were released in Georgia last June and July. Some of those pelicans not only returned this spring, they are nesting and raising young.
Learn more about the inventor of the ice machine.
Travel: Shrimp, oysters, cotton and … the ice machine
APALACHICOLA, FLA. — After passing through the heavily developed strip resorts around Destin, it was a relief to pull into the pet-friendly Rancho Inn, in Apalachicola, a historic fishing and harbor village in the heart of what locals call the forgotten coast. We decide to linger an extra day, if only to learn the correct pronunciation of the six-syllable town.
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