Outdoor Updates: Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires

first_imgThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in Decatur County, Tennessee. The eagle was found off Martins Landing Road in Bath Springs on December 30. The injured eagle was transported to an animal hospital on December 31 where it was determined the eagle could not recover from its injuries and it was euthanized. Fires raging across the continent of Australia have killed an estimated 500 million animals, including 8,000 koalas, ecologists say. The fires, which began in September, have charred birds, mammals and reptiles and threaten to wipe out entire species in a country that already has the world’s highest extinction rate. CNBC describes the current situation on the ground in southeast Australia as a “charred, apocalyptic nightmare.” Australia’s fires are stoked by record high temperatures and drought exacerbated by climate change. The fires are expected to worsen as the southern hemisphere moves deeper into the summer months.  The U.S. Forest Service is closing roads in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. The seasonal road closures affect five districts and are primarily put in place to reduce damage from winter weather and disturbance to wildlife. Though closed to motor vehicles, the roads are still open to hiking. Click here for a full list of road closures. A reward of $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest. Bald Eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Violations of these acts carry a maximum criminal penalty of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in federal prison. If you want to do something to help, donate to Australia’s Red Cross here: https://www.redcross.org.au/center_img Reward offered for arrest of person responsible for shooting bald eagle in Tennessee Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires Roads and campgrounds temporarily closed in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest beginning January 15 to remove hazard trees affected by a fungus. The campground will remain closed until February 15. last_img read more

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MOA, FAO Sign US$250K Agreement to Boost Agriculture

first_imgStakeholders at the roundtable’s discussion.By Joe Fineboy (Contributor)The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, signed a US$250,000 agreement to boost Liberia’s agriculture sector. The amount was provided by the Government of Japan.FAO’s Country representative Madam Mariatou Njie said the agreement focuses on integrated sustainable rice system development, and support to implementation of the 2009 FAO’s Agreement on Port State Measure and voluntary guidelines to boost the agriculture in the region.Madam Njie said rice, which is the country staple food, which is commonly eaten with fish, it is good that much attention be given to them to enhance food security, adding, “the country imports more than 90% of rice at a cost of about US$80 million per year.She said that a 2018 report of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), indicates that 37.8% of food and live animals were imported, thus leading to the increase in demand of rice with a growing population of 2.5% per annum.Against this backdrop, Madam Njie said the first project, “integrated sustainable rice system development,” is intended to assist the government in enhancing food production capacity of smallholders’ farmers to sustainable increase production of food, and alleviate incomes and food availability.According to her, the project will be implemented through the MoA with Africa Rice in close collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with technical support from FAO.Madam Njie said that Phase II of the project will focus on securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and maritime security in the gulf of Guinea, and will also address major livelihood of Liberians.She said that this also to improve sustainability of marine fisheries by preventing, deterring and eliminating, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and enhance maritime security in the region.Phase II of the project, according to Madam Njie, will be implemented in Liberia and Sierra Leone for a period of one year in the tune of US$500,000 budget.She used the occasion to thank the Government of Japan through its Ambassador, Tsutomun Himeno for entrusting her organization, FAO, with the resources for execution.The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana Flomo, expressed overwhelming joy for the funding, and called on Liberians to go back to the soil, and take agriculture seriously, as international partners are willing to assist.He said Liberia is a country with the right soil that Liberians need to cultivate and produce food that will sustain them.Dr. Flomo assured the partners that under his administration, he will ensure that agriculture activities benefit the growing population of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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