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Ecology

ANBG Australian National Botanic Gardens A scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) are administered by the Biodiversity Group of `Environment Australia', part of the Department of Environment, Sport and Territories (DEST).

Background to Finnish Forestry The purpose of Background to Finnish Forestry is to provide answers to the fundamental questions arising from the subject, both at home and abroad. Objective information on forestry as practised in Finland - not forgetting its history, and also addressing the on-going biodiversity debate. The central issues addressed are forestry and its interlinking with the natural cycle of development in Finland's forests, and the role of forestry in fulfilling the needs of society throughout history. Indeed, emphasis is placed on the history of forests and their utilisation: Ice Ages, forest fires, the settlement of the country, the early stages of forest utilisation, and the formation of present-day forest management methods. This, then, forms the basis for presenting an overall picture of forestry as an element of the Finnish way of life, of a livelihood relying on natural resources and forming the basis for the well-being of the Finnish people.

Banff National Park - Canada Canada's first national park is home to a variety of distinctive natural features and cultural and historical sites. Rugged mountains, glaciers, icefields, alpine meadows, beautiful blue cold-water lakes, mineral hot springs, deep canyons and hoodoos compose the natural landscape and habitat for a great variety of mammals such as elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, and caribou. Banff National Park is part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. To instill in students of all ages an appreciation for science and a respect for all living creatures and natural environments. •To conserve our valuable resources by increasing awareness of the interrelationships of humans and the marine environment. •To increase students' basic competencies in science and other disciplines. •To provide an educational resource for the entire community.

Earth FlowsThis site has pictures and explanation of landslides that took place along the Oregon Coast Range, but more specifically the Mapleton Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest. The Oregon Coast Range, especially the Mapleton Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest, is notoriously prone to landsliding during infrequent (1 in 10- to 20-year) heavy rainfall events. Since the mid-1970s, it has been the Forest Service's standard practice to inventory landslides following a major slide-initiating rainfall event. These studies have found that the great majority of slides result from l ogging roads, clearcut logging, or both. Further, slides from logging roads are generally larger by an order of magnitude or more than slides from clearcut units. Though the rate of logging and roadbuilding on federal lands in the Coast Range has lessened over the past ten years as a result of court orders to protect streams from sliding and the President's Northwest Forest Plan, a large infrastructure of roads and cut-over hillsides remains. Like a time bomb waiting to go off, these roads and cle arcuts are a legacy from the past that, without rehabilitation and obliteration, threaten the future health of salmon streams, water quality, and, in some locations, residential dwellings.

Earthwatch International EARTHWATCH is an international nonprofit organization which supports scientific field research worldwide through its volunteers and scientists working together to improve our understanding of the planet. Earthwatch's mission is to build a sustainable world through an active partnership between scientist and citizen. Through public participation in field research, Earthwatch helps scientists gather data and communicate information that will empower people and governments to act wisely as global citizens. Earthwatch offers its members the opportunity to work side by side with distinguished field scientists in their work in seven focused areas of sponsored research: World Oceans; World Forests; Biodiversity; Cultural Diversity; Learning from the Past; Monitoring Global Change; World Health. In 1997, the organization will sponsor 140 projects in 51 countries and 21 states. Projects are divided into roughly one to three-week-long teams to enable members of the public to participate, with successive teams over the research duration. Since its founding in 1972, Earthwatch has mobilized over 2,030 projects in 118 countries and 36 states. More than 48,400 volunteers have contributed over $34 million and 5,635,300 hours to the search for solutions to important problems around the world.

Ecology of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains What we hope to achieve is a guide for exploring and understanding the natural resources of the region. There are links to photographs, museums, parks and lists for resources in the area. This site is still under construction but it is my hope you will enjoy the links currently available. By using these links, you must use the "Back" button on your browser to return to these pages. I would like to thank all those dedicated people whose hard work made it possible to create these pages.

Ecosystem Approach to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Welcome to the Ecosystem Approach to Fish and Wildlife Conservation at the US. Fish and Wildlife Service! The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is: To conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Ecosystem Approach is a more effective way to address the Service's mission and its extensive array of statutory responsibilities. The goal of the Ecosystem Approach is: the effective conservation of natural biological diversity through perpetuation of dynamic, healthy ecosystems. As the Service, working closely with others, carries out its mission and mandates, it will constantly strive to contribute to this goal.

Great Smoky Mt. BibliographyA comprehensive searchable database. Also available in HTML format.

Greenpeace Organization, Amsterdam: Biodiversity Did you know that worldwide, 76% of the planet's original primary forests have already been destroyed or degraded, or that 70 % of global fish stocks are considered heavily over-exploited?!! No then learn more about the biodiversity of our world.

National Biological ServiceThe mission is to work with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation's biological resources. A fundamental part of our mission is embodied in our deep commitment to make data and information on the Nation's biological resources more accessible to more people.

Sound Ecosystem Assessment (SEA) The SEA program is a multidisciplinary, ecosystem-level investigation of factors affecting recovery of pink salmon and Pacific herring in Prince William Sound, Alaska following the 1989 oil spill.   SEA is part of the restoration effort sponsored by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council.

Underwater Photography Portfolios The National Museum of Natural History's Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems operates a research station on Carrie Bow Cay off Belize, Central America. From a small island sitting atop the world's second largest barrier reef, Smithsonian scientists as well as visiting scientists from throughout the world are able to study a continuous ocean environment from mangrove communities to coral reef.