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UK graduate celebrates wildlife 365 days a year as scientist with Department of Fish and Wildlife

By Carol Lea Spence and Seth Riker University of Kentucky The beginning of September brings wildlife awareness with the 64th anniversary of Congress’s passage of the Wilderness Act, the purpose of which was to preserve and protect certain lands, and secure the benefits of wilderness for future generations. Following on its heels is National Wildlife Day, a holiday to promote endangered species conservation...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 20 years after first proposal Green River National Wildlife Refuge now a reality

(Photo from United States Fish and Wildlife Services) Almost 20 years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) first published a proposal for a national wildlife refuge at the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers in Henderson County, the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was officially established. The announcement was made Friday, November 22 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David...

Satellite images from Planet reveal devastating impact of Amazon fires in near real-time

image of fires burning in the state of Pará, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2019 (Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.)(Click for larger image) By Rhett A. Butler Mongabay High-resolution images from satellite company Planet are revealing glimpses of some of the fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest. While many of the images currently being shared on social media and by news outlets are from past...

WKU crowdfunding platform SpiritFunder announces five new campaigns on Thursday

SpiritFunder, Western Kentucky University’s crowdfunding platform, relaunched last week with five new campaigns. Projects featured on SpiritFunder come directly from WKU students, groups and faculty who are looking for more opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. “SpiritFunder originally launched in April 2017,” said Aarika Gunn, assistant director of Leadership Annual Giving. “Over three-month-long...

KCTCS sustainability, conservation efforts project $66 million in energy savings over ten years

Sustainability and conservation are on everyone’s minds, especially in the middle of summer when HVAC systems traditionally are working hard. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set its sights on ways to conserve and save money, not just during the summer, but long term. KCTCS is realizing big savings on energy costs because of energy savings performance contracts and...

Commentary: It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — we all need to find a way to make a difference

By Kristin Weiss Special to KyForward The year 2020 is quickly approaching and with it, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. At Green Umbrella, we’re working hard to make Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky a top 10 metro area for sustainability before then. We’re already making progress. Our region has over 101,000 acres of protected greenspace to date; we’ve seen a 55 percent increase...

Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest sets ‘Wild Side of Kentucky’ theme

The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Kentucky Farm Bureau, announces the beginning of the 2015 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest titled, “The Wild Side of Kentucky.” Students across the state will use a wildlife theme to create art and essays to urge their audience toward good wildlife conservation practices. County, area and state winners...

Daily Yonder: JFK’s approach to rural development had lasting implications

John F. Kennedy speaks at the University of North Dakota in September 1963. Two months before his death in Dallas, he called for parity between urban and rural residents in the “resources available for economic development. (Photo courtesy of the University of North Dakota JFK Digital Archives)   On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, Americans are more likely to associate...