Conservation http://wunc.org en Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them http://wunc.org/post/scientists-rush-find-and-name-species-save-them <p></p><p>Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6187/1246752.abstract">research led by Duke University</a>.</p><p></p><p>Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:52:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36923 at http://wunc.org Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them Raleigh Is Phasing Out Its Toilet Rebate Program http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-phasing-out-its-toilet-rebate-program <p></p><p>Raleigh residents have until January first to take advantage of the city's toilet upgrade reimbursement.</p><p>Raleigh has been giving out $100 rebates for efficient toilets since 2009. It was part of an effort to encourage water conservation following the severe drought in 2007 and 2008.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:08:08 +0000 Catherine Brand 26571 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Is Phasing Out Its Toilet Rebate Program Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County http://wunc.org/post/refugees-tend-their-own-farm-orange-county <p>On 4 acres just outside Chapel Hill, nearly 150 <a href="http://nckarencommunity.org/home">Karen refugees</a> till the soil as they did back home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.</p><p><a href="http://ocpyc.wordpress.com/">Transplanting Traditions Community Farm</a> is educating locals about Burmese vegetables and cuisine, and teaching the refugees about American produce, with the eventual goal of setting them up as full-time farmers. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17977 at http://wunc.org Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail http://wunc.org/post/triangle-greenways-council-buys-22-acres-durham-county-future-trail <p>Just days after the City of Durham kicked off its trail season, the<a href="http://www.trianglegreenways.org/index.php"> Triangle Greenways Council</a> (TGC) has finalized a deal allowing for the creation a new greenway in Durham County. The group purchased a parcel of land along Chunky Pipe Creek, about two miles upstream from Falls Lake, Raleigh’s drinking water source (<a href="http://www.satelliteviews.net/cgi-bin/g.cgi/?fid=983184&amp;state=NC&amp;ftype=stream">see a map here</a>). The land has already been designated &nbsp;for a future greenway project in the Durham Open Space Plan.</p><p>TGC&nbsp; bought the land on April 10 from private owners, who will benefit from the NC Conservation Tax Credit and other federal tax deductions that incentivize conservation efforts. The purchase is the fourth parcel that TGC has bought along the creek.&nbsp; The City of Raleigh provided funding via the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a consortium of seven conservation groups that aims to protect land important to&nbsp; the health of drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:54:13 +0000 Laura Candler 13786 at http://wunc.org Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail Hofmann Forest http://wunc.org/post/hofmann-forest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://cnr.ncsu.edu/fer/dept/hofmann.html">The Hofmann Forest</a> is referred to as the "crown jewel" of forestry research in North Carolina, and it’s one of the main educational sites for forestry students.</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:34:13 +0000 Frank Stasio & Nicole Campbell 12006 at http://wunc.org Hofmann Forest NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad http://wunc.org/post/nc-organization-helps-save-ducks-trinidad <p></p><p>In 2009, <a href="http://shwpark.com/">Sylvan Heights Bird Park</a> received a call from the US Embassy in Trinidad, asking them to help restore two species of nearly-extinct native ducks, the White-Faced Whistling Duck and the Bahama Pintail. Four years later, they are celebrating the successful introduction of individuals of both species back into Trinidad, a promising sign for the health of native populations. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:09:18 +0000 Laura Candler 9295 at http://wunc.org NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad Stand Up That Mountain http://wunc.org/post/stand-mountain <p>Jay Leutze was a non-practicing lawyer writing a novel, working for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and minding his own business in his home in western North Carolina when he got a phone call from an impassioned and outraged 14 year old named Ashley. She and her aunt and uncle, Ollie and Curly, were sure that the new scar on a nearby mountain was a violation of the state's Ridge Act. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Susan Davis 4251 at http://wunc.org Stand Up That Mountain 500,000th Longleaf Pine Seedling to be Planted http://wunc.org/post/500000th-longleaf-pine-seedling-be-planted <p>A <a href="http://www.ncscp.org/" target="_blank">partnership</a> that works to protect and restore the longleaf pine in North Carolina will plant its 500,000th seedling today. Debbie Crane of the <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/northcarolina/index.htm" target="_blank">Nature Conservancy</a> says the tree is an iconic state symbol, but it's been in decline for decades.<br> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:50:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 3361 at http://wunc.org Meet Stuart Pimm http://wunc.org/post/meet-stuart-pimm <p></p><p>Duke University professor Stuart Pimm’s work is more important than ever. That’s because species are going extinct faster than ever. Pimm, the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke’s <a href="http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/" target="_blank">Nicholas School of the Environment</a>, studies endangered species in hopes of curbing accelerated extinction rates. His work as a conservation biologist began in Hawaii in the 1970s – before the field of conservation biology even existed. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 15:30:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Lindsay Foster Thomas 8121 at http://wunc.org Meet Stuart Pimm Chatham Releases First County Conservation Plan http://wunc.org/post/chatham-releases-first-county-conservation-plan <p>Chatham county officials take a step toward protecting the area's natural resources today. The Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County is the first of its kind in North Carolina. An event being held in Pittsboro this afternoon will unveil details of the voluntary program. Leigh Ann Hammerbacher works for the Triangle Land Conservancy which contributed to the plan.<br> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:25:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8323 at http://wunc.org