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New York City’s Urban Field Station: A Unique Partnership Between Researchers and Natural Resource Managers to Improve the Urban Environment

  While some people might conjure up images of towering skyscrapers or dazzling Broadway shows when they think of New York City, the city is actually about 40 percent green space, with over 11 percent of that being natural areas. City of New York Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) manages about 10,000 acres of these natural areas, which is about half the size of Manhattan (other major natural area managers in New York City include the National Park Service as well as other City and State agencies). As Erika Svendsen, Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service expresses it, “Although our acreage does not compare to the national forests and grasslands, we have unique natural areas that are critical habitats for people, plant and wildlife.

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Ducks Unlimited Protects and Restores Critical Habitat in Southern Region of U.S.

“For many years, wetlands were viewed as something that needed to be fixed,” says Andi Cooper, Communications Specialist with Ducks Unlimited , Southern Region. “But in the 1970s, around the beginning of Earth Day, people started realizing that wetlands provide vital functions beyond waterfowl and other wildlife, like providing flood and storm protection. They started to understand that it was important to preserve wetlands.” In the Southern Region, Ducks Unlimited is hard at work conserving and restoring wetlands, especially the wetlands associated with rice agriculture, which provide a critical food source for migrating waterfowl.

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Controlling Invasive Carp at a Blue-Ribbon Fishery

Utah's Pelican Lake is a hotspot for fishing among locals and tourists alike, but for the past several years it has fallen upon hard times thanks to an invasive species. Recently, officials have been working to alleviate the problem and restore a more balanced ecosystem to the lake. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources regional aquatics manager Trina Hedrick spoke to EM about the process. “Pelican Lake is a nationally renowned, blue ribbon fishing hole, and has been since the 1970s,” explains Ms. Hedrick. “It's had its ups and downs over the years, but within the last 10 years, quality of the fish has declined dramatically. There are two things going on, one of which is the carp.

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