New National Monument Created in Maine’s North Woods

New National Monument Created in Maine’s North Woods

The new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is the 413th preserved area in the Park Service and the second national monument to have been designated in the state (after Acadia National Park’s precursor). It sits east of Baxter State Park in north-central Maine, more than 200 miles north of Portland.

The land was donated to the federal government this week by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation started by Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of the Burt’s Bees line of natural products. The foundation also says it is creating an endowment to help cover maintenance expenses in the monument.

By Brian Clark Howard/National Geographic

How A Giant Manhattan Building Learned To Stop Murdering Birds

From Amy Kraft (The Week, 9 April 2015), renovations designed to make the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City a better building and habitat led to a significant decrease in direct bird collisions and deaths.

As far as bird deaths go, [Dr. Susan] Elbin, [NYC Audubon’s director of conservation and science], said that her data shows a 90 percent decrease in collisions with the Javits Center as a result of the renovations.

How A Giant Manhattan Building Learned To Stop Murdering Birds

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Public Review Period Extended… Again

Last Friday, lead state and federal agencies extended the public review period for the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) again. Originally released by the State of California for public comments on December 13, 2013, the due date was extended to an almost unheard of 180-day review. See Draft BDCP here. See Draft EIR/EIS here.