New Study Shows Americans’ Deep Appreciation for Nature, Barriers to Connection

usfws logoContact with nature is an important part of growing up and linking Americans to one another; competing priorities and other factors impede getting outdoors

April 26, 2017 - The findings from an unprecedented national study of Americans’ relationship to nature reveal an alarming disconnection, but also widespread opportunities for reconnecting. The results are prompting nature conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation leaders to rethink how they work to connect people with nature.

The Nature of Americans National Report: Disconnection and Recommendations for Reconnection reveals important insights from a study of nearly 12,000 adults, 8 to 12 year old children, and parents, and provides actionable recommendations to open the outdoors for all.

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THE STATE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA’S FORESTS: FROM BAD TO WORSE

snc reportAn update to the 2014 report, this version was released by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy on March 1, 2017.

When the first State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests report was released in 2014, conditions in the Sierra Nevada appeared to be at their worst. The Region had just experienced its largest fire in recorded history, the 2013 Rim Fire, and the trend toward larger, more severe wildfires in Sierra Forests was already clear. Restoration efforts in the Sierra were grossly out of pace with what was needed, and overgrown forests were starting to show signs of stress from only two years of drought. When the 2014 report was released, tree mortality wasn’t even mentioned.
What came next poured fuel onto an already raging fire.

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ORI Roundtable Brings Leaders Together

Outdoor Recreation Industry RoundtableSENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AND RECREATION INDUSTRY LEADERS DISCUSS RECREATION EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS

Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.  The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North. 

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Higher than Usual Bird and Marine Mammal Strandings along Southern California Beaches

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Federal and State Wildlife Officials Monitor Higher than Usual Bird and Marine Mammal Strandings along Southern California Beaches

How the Public Can Report Stranded Birds and Marine Mammals

April 21, 2017 - Wildlife officials and members of the public have seen higher than usual numbers of stranded or dead marine mammals and birds along southern California beaches in recent weeks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center are working together to document the size and scope of affected wildlife and mortalities. Stranding reports have included loons, grebes, cormorants, California brown pelicans, and California sea lions.  Many loons are currently migrating through the Santa Barbara Channel on their spring migration northward. 

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Projects Accomplished through Partnership

Repaired foot bridge near Bear Creek on the WDRD.SPRINGVILLE, CA, April 17, 2017 – Located on 1,100 acres above Springville, SCICON is an outdoor school of science and conservation operated by the Tulare County Office of Education. The Sequoia National Forest and SCICON have developed a great partnership over the past couple of years.

With the construction of a new office at SCICON by the Tulare County Office of Education, the Forest Service can house a fire engine and staff at the facility, and when times are slow, they help with needed facility maintenance.

This winter, several foot bridges were damaged by high water and debris rushing down Bear Creek across the SCICON property.  Firefighters were able to clear the debris, secure the bridges, and make needed repairs in time for students to have safe access. 

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