Live updates: Warriors vs. Mavericks, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors try to rebound from a loss in Utah when they take on the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle.The Warriors (21-11) were dealt a 108-103 defeat by the Jazz on Wednesday as Golden State couldn’t contain Utah’s long-distance shooting — the Jazz hit 16 3-pointers on their way to victory.Golden State is also looking to redeem itself after losing to Dallas …last_img read more

Help your farm by helping pollinators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is easy to dismiss the growing concerns about declining pollinator populations as overreaction, activism-driven or “not-my-problem.” And, these things may all be accurate, though legalities may be changing the situation in the near future.Steam is building behind an effort to expand protection for a beloved North American pollinator — the monarch butterfly. The monarch is not currently listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or protected specifically under U.S. domestic laws. But, in early 2016, two environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety originally petitioned for the monarch’s protection in August 2014. In December 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched an official review of the butterfly’s status but has not yet issued a final decision.The 2016 lawsuit is forcing the agency to move forward on a final decision on the monarch’s protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will either propose protection under the Endangered Species Act, reject protection under the Act, or add the butterfly to the candidate waiting list for protection.“We can’t force them to protect monarchs but we can force them to make a decision,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups behind the lawsuit.If the monarch is deemed worthy of protection under the Endangered Species Act, those involved in agriculture who once thought otherwise, may quickly discover that the butterfly is indeed their problem.“Pollinators do a lot of work for farmers. Whether it is a bumblebee, butterfly, sweat bee or beetle, they are helping produce food. If we are losing pollinators we are losing parts of our food supply,” said Marci Lininger, transportation liaison for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and coordinator of the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI). “And we don’t want any pollinator to be federally listed. The monarch is being petitioned to be federally listed and some bumblebees are being petitioned as well. That is a wake-up call for us, not just in Ohio but nationwide. That tells us we have work to do. We need to establish more things in our landscape to provide pollen and nectar and host plants for pollinators.“A monarch federal listing is scary. It will impact all Ohioans. There will be a chain reaction of events. There will be restrictions for private landowners like mowing restrictions and herbicide and pesticide use restrictions. We’ll see a lot of lawsuits.”If listed, it will be illegal to intentionally kill monarchs or modify their habitat without a permit. Listing will also lead to designation and protection of areas deemed “critical habitat.” In addition, federal scientists will develop a recovery plan to guide efforts to restore long-term, healthy populations of monarchs.“Ohio has been selected to be a priority state for monarch butterflies because we get the fourth generation of the Monarch butterfly born here. That fourth generation completes the migration process for monarch butterflies so that next first generation can be born,” Lininger said. “We are in the migration path and we have monarchs heading north and going back south. We have a lot of responsibility here in Ohio to provide habitat for monarchs. We need to change something in our landscapes. We need to create and protect enough habitat to prevent listing. If everyone does all they can, where we can, we can help divert a potential listing of the monarch.”There are several ways Ohio agriculture can voluntarily address the problem of declining monarch butterfly populations.“There are lots of programs available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” she said. “I highly recommend that you reach out to the local Soil and Water Conservation District to find more information about the programs. Those groups are the first places to check for assistance in funding and cost share programs to help with pollinators.”There are efforts underway in working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to establish important host plants in ditches and along highways to reduce mowing, and there is a program to collect seed and re-establish pollinator plots in a wide variety of settings.“We need work in urban and suburban areas using parks, golf courses, cemeteries, airports and backyards. We are promoting cover crops, using fencerows, management of herbicides and pesticides and establishing beneficial plants in fencerows in rural areas. These habitats also work well with Pheasants Forever,” Lininger said. “For the Milkweed Pod Pilot Project, we started collecting pods as a pilot program. Last year, milkweed pods were dried and sent to Marion prison to process. They grew them in plugs in a greenhouse and provided 2,300 plugs last year.”Again this year, the OPHI in cooperation with Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is organizing a statewide milkweed pod collection starting Sept. 1 and ending Oct. 30. During September and October, everyone is encouraged to collect milkweed pods from established plants and drop them off at the nearest pod collection station.Here are some tips from OPHI:• To collect the seed pods from a milkweed plant, it is best to pick them when the seed inside is brown. Do not collect pods when seeds are white or cream colored. If the center seam of the pod pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked.• It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks.• Avoid using plastic bags because they attract moisture. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until they can be delivered to the closest pod collection area.• Harvesting pods from milkweed plants does not have any effect on the population of milkweed in established areas.• All milkweed pods collected during this time will be processed by OPHI partners and all of the seed collected will be used to establish new plantings and create additional habitat for the monarch butterfly throughout Ohio.• Dress appropriately when collecting seeds, including gloves.• The majority of Ohio counties have a Milkweed Pod Collection Station, with most of them being located at the local Soil and Water Conservation District office.Then, in terms of establishing plots, it is important to plan ahead as pollinator plantings require consideration of species and site selection, site preparation, planting, and maintenance. The native plants (including milkweed) are not quick to establish and flower. It is important to be patient while native plants slowly emerge and set deep roots to pull moisture for the toughest growing conditions. Weed control of invasive species is one of the most challenging and important parts of establishing a successful pollinator planting. Pollinator plantings can range in size from a couple hundred square feet to a couple hundred acres.NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help Ohio’s farmers plant milkweed and nectar-rich plants along field borders, in buffers along waterways or around wetlands, in pastures and other suitable locations. NRCS also helps producers manage their pastures in ways that increase critical populations of milkweed and nectar plants.The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and remaining funds from the former Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) provide funding for this work. Additionally, NRCS is offering support for related enhancements through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to establish monarch habitat.NRCS accepts EQIP and CSP applications from producers on a continuous basis. Farmers interested in participating should contact their local USDA service center to learn more.Additional information can be learned at the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative Symposium in the Rhodes Center at the Ohio Expo Center on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For more on the symposium call Scott Lucas at 614-644-6603.last_img read more

Environmental initiatives of geocaching

first_imgAt Geocaching HQ, we are committed to the environment and continue to model eco-friendly practices and positively contribute to our world. The best progress towards this goal happens when the geocaching community and HQ work together. From EarthCaches and Geoawares to partnering with environmental agencies, here are six initiatives HQ participates in to geocache, live, and work more sustainably.EarthCachesEarthCaches provide opportunities to learn geological lessons and visit awe-inspiring geological locations. Visitors see how our planet is shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources, and how scientists gather evidence. EarthCaches are an earth science lesson and the cache page includes logging tasks that can only be learned at that location.GeoawaresThere wouldn’t be EarthCaches without Geoawares! Geoawares are dedicated EarthCache reviewers who facilitate this cache type so that geocachers can enjoy EarthCaches all over the world. They are community volunteers with scientific backgrounds who work with EarthCache owners to develop the best submissions possible.Relationships with environmental agenciesLocal geocaching communities create relationships with park departments and land management agencies to encourage thoughtful geocache hiding, environmental awareness, and of course geocaching! These partnerships introduce geocachers to national parks, public lands, and other local natural resources. In return, geocachers partner with these agencies to work on projects to improve the environment.CITO (Cache In Trash Out®)CITO is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 363,000 people have volunteered at 18,000 events. Plus, geocachers earn special souvenirs when they attend CITO events during CITO season.Geocaching HQ PartnershipsGeocaching HQ partners with like-minded brands around the world to spread the word about geocaching, give away trackables, and empower story-worthy moments. Organizations like ecokeepers help kids get outside and explore their world, while Mountain Warehouse keeps you outfitted so you can make the most of the outdoors. Keep an eye out for upcoming Geocaching partnerships here.Geocaching HQ Green TeamLast year, a group of Lackeys at Geocaching HQ came together and formed the Geocaching HQ Green Team—a committee dedicated to making the office more environmentally responsible. Some initiatives include transitioning to rechargeable batteries, making double-sided printing our default, and adding paper towel compost bins in the restrooms.How are you going green? Share some of your own sustainability tips with the rest of the community in the comments and let us know how you geocache and live with the earth in mind!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Creator of EarthCaching talks about the 10th AnniversaryJanuary 10, 2014In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 12, 2011January 12, 2011In “News”last_img read more

Angelique Kerber puts aside Roberta Vinci to move into US Open semis

first_imgAt 4-all in the opening set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal Tuesday, Angelique Kerber noticed the loud roar of a jet flying past. She missed a shot, lost that point, glared overhead – then followed with a trio of unforced errors to get broken.In the past, that sequence might have been her undoing. The distraction. The deficit. The opponent outplaying her. Not now, though. Kerber’s game has improved, sure, and so has her attitude. On this afternoon, she wouldn’t drop another game.Making a push to move up from No. 2 in the rankings, and to earn a second Grand Slam title of 2016, Kerber moved into the semifinals at Flushing Meadows by taking the last nine games in a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Roberta Vinci, last year’s runner-up.”I know that I can beat everybody,” Kerber said, “and this is what gives me also a lot of confidence and motivation.”She has a chance to overtake Serena Williams at No. 1 after the tournament and moved into her third major semifinal of the year, which will be played Thursday against Caroline Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up who advanced with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over an Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. (Also read: Caroline Wozniacki thrashes Anastasija Sevastova to reach US Open semifinals)Sevastova twisted her right ankle on the first point of the second game and was unable to move properly the rest of the way against Wozniacki, a former No. 1 who is now ranked only 74th and hadn’t won a Grand Slam match in 2016 until last week.advertisementIt’s the fifth trip to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for Wozniacki, who lost the 2009 final to Kim Clijsters and the 2014 final to her good friend Williams.Kerber beat Williams in the Australian Open final this January, then lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final in July.”In tough moments,” Vinci said about Kerber, “the mind is important.”In 2015, Vinci reached her first major final by stunning Williams to end the American’s bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter-century.But after being two points from taking the first set against Kerber while serving for it at 5-4, 30-all, the No. 7-seeded Vinci faltered badly. She missed a forehand long, then netted a backhand to get broken there – and that was just the beginning of her collapse.Trailing 6-5, and serving at love-40, Vinci missed her first serve, then was called for a foot fault on a second serve. That resulted in a double-fault, ceding the set.As she walked to the sideline, Vinci looked at the line judge who made the call and smiled sarcastically, giving him a thumb’s up and applauding with her racket.”If they called it,” Vinci said later, “I must have done it.”It’s a rare ruling in Grand Slam tennis, especially at a critical juncture, although there was, of course, the most famous foot fault of all on the very same court. In the 2009 U.S. Open semifinals, Williams was angered by the same type of call: a foot fault that resulted in a double-fault; in that instance, it set up match point for her opponent, Kim Clijsters. Williams brandished her racket and yelled at the line judge, and the point she was docked for that ended the match. (Also read: Sania Mirza knocked out of women’s doubles at US Open)This time, the call ended the competitive portion of Vinci’s quarterfinal: She managed to take only 10 of 38 points the rest of the way.Vinci has been dealing with an injured left Achilles tendon – she wore black tape in the shape of a “V” that framed her left calf – and a bad back. Still, her varied game, filled with slices and drop shots and net rushes, gave Kerber fits for most of the first set.”I was playing better than her,” said the 33-year-old Vinci, who mentioned at her news conference that she will decide after the season whether to retire.But Kerber hung in there to reach her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2011.”I’m staying more positive and believing in my game,” Kerber said. “I think that right now, I can win matches like that.”last_img read more