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News stories tagged with "ecosystem"

Following the Monarchs Home: Mexican Butterfly Sanctuaries at Risk

The monarch butterflies that spend the summer here in the North Country winter over in the mountains of central Mexico. Their annual migration is one of the world’s natural wonders. But this winter, an ice storm blasted Mexico's butterfly sanctuary. Tens of millions of monarchs died. Scientists say logging and subsistence farming have damaged the sanctuary's tree canopy, leaving the butterflies vulnerable. Now, the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government are spending millions of dollars, hoping to convince locals that the forest should be saved. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann visited the mountain region. He found that many researchers see this effort as the monarchs' last chance.  Go to full article

Large Scale Wetland Reclamation

Lost wetlands are restored for a number of reasons. Sometimes, they replace a wetlands area lost because of construction or farming. Typically those projects are small in scope. Now a conservation group is looking to create an entire ecosystem in the Midwest through a massive wetland restoration program. The plan is garnering attention from scientists as a new model for how to return land to its natural state. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Measuring the "Value" of the Ecosystem

A lot of things found in and around the Great Lakes can be bought and sold--from drinking water to lakefront property. Still, some features of the lake--like its ecosystem--are not for sale. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jim Meadows reports a new study tries to measure the value of something many consider priceless.  Go to full article

Groups Sue EPA to Stop Exotic Species Introduction

Some environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they say it's not doing enough to stop exotic species from entering U.S. waterways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

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