Land-use & Human Impacts

Outdoor Sporting and Land Conservation: A Roundtable on Common Ground

Lecture Video

RoundTable discussion for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Deer Hunting and Forest Health

Lecture Video

Presentation by Raymond Winchcombe for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Pests, Pathogens, and the Future of Hudson Valley Forests

Lecture Video

Presentation by Gary Lovett for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Preserving Open Land with Conservation Easements

Lecture Video

Presentation by Becky Thornton for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

From Forests to Farms, and Back Again: Land Use Change in the Hudson Valley

Lecture Video

Presentation by Charles Canham for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Protecting the watershed protects drinking water

Freshwater is essential to life, and healthy watersheds protect freshwater resources. Simply put, a watershed is an area of land that drains into a body of water, such as a lake or stream.

Dams complicate river management

Podcast

Managing fish in human-altered rivers is a challenge because their food webs are sensitive to environmental disturbances.

Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers.

Dams destabilize river food webs: Lessons from the Grand Canyon

Managing fish in human-altered rivers is a challenge because their food webs are sensitive to environmental disturbance. So reports a new study in the journal Ecological Monographs, based on an exhaustive three-year analysis of the Colorado River in Glen and Grand Canyons.

Forests of the Future

Lecture Video

Harvard botanist Dr. Peter Del Tredici discusses how northeastern forests are being shaped by urbanization, invasive species, acid rain, and climate change.

Methane: The other greenhouse gas

Podcast

Most of us are familiar with the idea that we need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to prevent global warming. Methane is also a problem, and we hear about it much less frequently. But compared to carbon dioxide, methane's impact on climate change is some twenty times more powerful.

Notes from the field: Western rivers

As part of her ongoing work to assess how human activity affects freshwater resources, aquatic ecologist Emma Rosi-Marshall spent this past summer studying nutrient cycling in large western rivers.

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The dirty truth about unpaved roads

Podcast

In rural areas, unpaved roads hold a certain charm. They restrict the volume and speed of traffic and, compared to their paved counterparts, are less expensive to build. But are they a greener alternative?

The dirty truth about unpaved roads

Paving rural roads is one of the local issues that can get people in Dutchess County worked up. 

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In forests, past disturbances obscure warming impacts

Millbrook, NY – Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.

Hard or soft? When engineering shorelines, it makes a big difference

Podcast

Most of us have experienced a river shoreline— from a park, a train, or a boat. When we see where the water meets the land, how many of us have considered how modified shorelines influence river health?

Few ecosystems on our planet are as mysterious and misunderstood as groundwater

Podcast

Despite the fact many of us drink groundwater every day, and all of us eat food irrigated by groundwater, few people know where it comes from or how to protect it.

More wildlife diseases are making the leap to humans

Podcast

Research has found that when humans modify the environment, fragmenting habitat and reducing species diversity, we are more likely to contract diseases normally confined to wildlife.

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Deadly frog disease illustrates dangers of wildlife trade

The forest, normally filled with the chorus of calling frogs, falls silent. Something drops from the trees. And then another. Dead frogs are falling from the canopy.

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Colorado River can be revived

At the heart of the Grand Canyon is the river that helped to carve it.

How to manage stormwater and reduce runoff

The next time you find yourself reaching for your umbrella, take a moment to consider the fate of rainfall after it hits the ground. While some rain is absorbed by natural ground cover, such as fields or forested areas, a high percentage becomes stormwater delivered to our rivers, creeks, ponds and lakes

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Take a moment to savor the age of 300 million ponds, lakes

If you ran a tourist agency for time-travelling, intergalactic visitors, what attractions do you think would bring aliens to Earth in 2010?

Keeping balance in the environment

We tend to think of nature as having reliable patterns; the leaves turn color each autumn, seasonal birds come and go. But there are also examples of sudden, unexpected changes in the environment around us.

Human progress leads to 'lost worlds'

Few themes in literature are more alluring than the lost world. Places such as Atlantis, Shangri-La, Conan Doyle's "Lost World", and now the bestselling "The Lost City of Z" conjure up images of strange landscapes, exotic civilizations and hidden treasures.

Rising human demand for fresh water on course to put other species at risk

If you ever saw "Star Wars," you'll remember the trash compactor scene: Trying to escape from the Imperials, Luke and his friends duck into what turns out to be a trash compactor, where things go from bad to worse.

Let lawn go - and reap the benefits

Today's obsession with perfect, park-like lawns is not only a waste of time and money; it's bad for the environment. Embrace a natural yard, as our household has done on about half of our property.

The river of Islands

“Would Henry Hudson even recognize the Hudson River if he sailed up it today?” In this four-part series, Dave Strayer describes how much the river has been transformed over time.

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