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Outpouring of Support for Preserving Great Lakes

Several communities in the Muskegon area and around Michigan will participate in an event aimed to raise awareness for the preservation of the Great Lakes. More than 60 communities in six states, including Michigan, will link hands by the water and discuss ways to preserve the Great Lakes during the All Hands On Deck event […]

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Exotic Animals and Texas law

Few people realize the illegal sale of exotic animals is estimated to be a multibillion-dollar-a-year business. In fact, officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told Channel 2 Investigates the black market for exotic animals is second only to the illegal drug trade. “The thing about crime or criminals, if they can make a buck, they’re going to,” […]

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Anglers have to adapt where invasive species appear

As I sit down to write this column on solid ground, I find my eyes and body are still swaying after eight hours of rocking and rolling on windswept Mille Lacs Lake. It is amazing how quickly a day can fly by when you are on the water catching fish! We have had an odd start […]

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Invasive Species – Fighting a foreign invader

Benjamin Franklin famously said that a “penny saved is a penny earned.” This centuries-old wisdom is relevant today in Idaho where Democrats and Republicans are working together to fight the single most potentially devastating foreign invader of our state: Zebra and Quagga Mussels. That may not be the answer you were expecting, but it’s true. […]

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Native Mussels take up new life in Illinois’ DuPage River

It wasn’t exactly majestic, like one of those times when an eagle has recovered from its injuries and is released back into the wild and soars away over the treetops. But while the release of hundreds of freshwater mussels into the West Branch of the DuPage River near Warrenville may have lacked drama, forest preserve […]

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Invasive species have a massive impact, but wise policy can keep them out

Invasive alien species harm ecosystems, economies and human health across the globe. In Africa, alien trees reduce water yield in regions that are severely water stressed. Fishes introduced for aquaculture reduce native biodiversity and alien whiteflies spread diseases in cassava that can lead to famine. Many of these species were introduced intentionally for use as […]

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They’re here: It’s invasive species awareness week in Alaska

In an attempt to educate the public on the effect non-native species can have on Alaska’s environment, Gov. Bill Walker declared June 18-24 Invasive Species Awareness Week. Though sometimes harmless, these non-native species can affect the balance of local plants and animals.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story. “Invasive species can […]

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NY Parks & Recreation to Host Aquatic Invasive Species Paddle

Celebrate New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week by kayaking the Salmon River.  Activities like field identification skills, early detection of different species and topics such as various ecological restoration initiatives in the area will be discussed.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story. The Paddle event will be held at the Pine Grove […]

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EPA report indicates that Lake Erie is in ‘poor condition’

A report published by Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency says that Lake Erie is in poor condition and its trend is deteriorating. According to the 2017 State of the Great Lakes report, Lake Erie is in the worst condition of the Great Lakes, as all other lakes were in at least fair condition with […]

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Invasive species spreading in North America’s premier boating destination

Called North America’s premier boating destination, Kenora, Canada is seeing an increase in the spread of invasive species.  To offset these challenges, the staff of the Lake of the Woods District Property Assosciation’s Lake Smart team, will be taking measures to stop the spread of an invasive species. Purple loosestrife is spreading in the Laurenson […]

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