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Mongabay: Why Keep Africa’s Dryland Forests Alive?

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  • Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
  • This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles left to overcome, but as the Mali example clearly shows, there are successes to celebrate and build upon, as well.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent of charcoal and firewood used by about 2.4 million people is harvested in woodlands found in the dryland areas. Experts say it’s time to start packaging these fragile yet rich and highly adaptive ecosystems into investment opportunities.
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  • Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
  • This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles left to overcome, but as the Mali example clearly shows, there are successes to celebrate and build upon, as well.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent of charcoal and firewood used by about 2.4 million people is harvested in woodlands found in the dryland areas. Experts say it’s time to start packaging these fragile yet rich and highly adaptive ecosystems into investment opportunities.

Harvesting the Best Farm Bill Possible (Part 1)

Farms, food, energy and conservation
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With the first public meeting of the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee taking place this morning, the House and Senate begin the process of agreeing on a compromise version of this landmark agricultural legislation.

Craig Downs: Coral Reef Rescue

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Visitors to the Hawaiian island of Oahu marvel at the splendor of Hanauma Bay, a volcanic crater teeming with coral reefs, tropical fish, and the occasional sea turtle. But there’s something else that the snorkelers may notice as they enjoy the bright colors of a local rainbow-hued parrot fish. Upon the surface of the water floats a colorful oily film, deposited there from the bodies of the 3000 visitors who descend upon the state park everyday. That works out to approximately a million swimmers per year.

Great Plains Grassland Loss Slows Overall, While South Dakota Conversion on the Rise

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WASHINGTON, August 28, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Last year, 1.7 million acres of grasslands were lost across the Great Plains to crop production, according to new research from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). While stark, this number represents an overall decrease in conversion from 2016, with 800,000 less acres plowed, benefiting the critical ecosystems, wildlife habitat, and rural communities who rely on these intact grasslands. However, the region of South Dakota that was once hit hardest by the Dust Bowl has experienced a dramatic increase in plow-up over the past year.

Member Weekend at Arbor Day Farm Reinvigorates the Arbor Day Foundation’s Mission

The Arbor Day Farm is a magical place for creating memories
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Thanks to the whole group of you, we were treated royally!  You made this weekend so much more than expected – you are a great organization with a great vision - Janet Buetow

This summer, the Arbor Day Foundation invited a select group of long-time Foundation members to enjoy a hosted stay at Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Member weekend was an opportunity for our members to learn more about our programs and see our work come to life.

Booz Allen Celebrates Student Solutions to Global Water Challenges

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Booz Allen Hamilton’s employees are dedicated to giving back to their local communities and affecting positive change on a global scale, and the firm supports a number of nonprofit organizations that reflect its employees’ passions and skills. For 14 years the firm has partnered with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization that inspires young people’s participation and interest in science and technology.

Caterpillar Inc. | Working Smarter on the Job

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Reducing waste and conserving natural resources on job sites are increasingly important goals of many of Caterpillar’s customers as they seek to realize the full value of their assets on the job site. Click here to learn more about how our Job Site Solutions team works in partnership with Cat® dealers to help customers find innovative ways to improve their operations and be more competitive in the marketplace.

David Attenborough Launches Wildlife Fund for Advertisers

Firms signing up to Lion’s Share fund will give 0.5% of money spent on ad campaigns featuring animals to conservation schemes
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By Jim Waterson

Businesses that sign up to the Lion’s Share fund will promise to give 0.5% of their spending on any advertising campaign featuring animals to UN-backed conservation programmes.

Berliner Stadtreinigung Utilizes VMware Solutions to Increase Conservation Efforts

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Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), Berlin’s municipal sanitation operations, is committed to turning Berlin into a Smart City—quiet, clean, and green in order to create a pleasant lifestyle for its residents. On a daily basis, BSR is tasked with finding environmentally friendly ways to dispose the waste of 3.7 million people while keeping roads and bridges clean.

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