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Sudden oak death introduced to U.S., study finds

By Sarah Yang University of California, Berkeley April 20, 2006

A genetic analysis of 151 isolates of the Sudden Oak Death pathogen provides new evidence that the commercial plant trade possibly helped introduce the microbe to the United States, according to plant pathologists at the University of California, Berkeley.

The study, in the May issue of the journal Molecular Ecology...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Gobierno Peruano declara nueva área protegida de casi 1,5 millones de ha en la Amazonía Peruana con el apoyo de TNC

April 11, 2006

El Gobierno Peruano publicó en El Peruano la Resolución Ministerial  N° 0283-2006-AG que establece la Zona Reservada Sierra del Divisor, sobre una superficie de 1.478 311.39 hectáreas, ubicada en las Regiones de Loreto y Ucayali en la amazonía peruana en la frontera con Brasil. Esta declaración es de gran importancia ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

International Smart Gear Competition lands over 80 entries

World Wildlife Fund March 23, 2006

More than 80 inventors have entered the second International Smart Gear Competition in the hope of winning the $25,000 grand prize for the best new fishing gear that will allow fishermen to target their intended catch while leaving whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and other marine life untouched.

"World Wildlife ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $1,000,000 grant to Save-the-Redwoods League for land acquisition

Save-the-Redwoods League January 31, 2006

Save-the-Redwoods League announced today the acquisition of 80 acres of undeveloped forest land adjacent to Portola Redwoods State Park in San Mateo County. The League intends to transfer the property to the State Department of Parks and Recreation for inclusion in Portola Redwoods State Park, which has some of the ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

CI launches unprecedented marine conservation initiatives

Conservation International announced major initiatives tonight that will create marine protected areas, increase marine research, and identify priorities for conserving marine species on an unprecedented scale.

The programs involve working with partners to establish ''seascapes" in three of the world's most biodiverse marine areas, set up a Marine Management Area ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards two major grants to NatureServe

NatureServe February 9, 2005

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded two major new grants to NatureServe, a non-profit group that provides the science and technology needed to guide effective conservation action. The grants will fund initiatives in Latin American conservation and information technology.

“Better understanding of the distribution and condition of plant ...

Solano Land Trust completes acquisition of nearly 4000 acres from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Solano Land Trust February 3, 2005

The Solano Land Trust today announces it has acquired 905 acres of open land from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in Solano County. Escrow closed on January 19, 2005. The land, commonly referred to as the Vallejo Swett Ranch, is located in an unincorporated area between the cities of ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

The Rady School and Scripps Institution of Oceanography to investigate new dual degree program

January 28, 2005

The Rady School of Management and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego were recently awarded a planning grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to study the feasibility of establishing a dual degree program in marine science and management at UC San Diego. The ...

Samuel Merritt College receives $2.9M grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for nursing program

January 7, 2005

Shortages of nurses have sent hospitals scrambling to hire new registered nurses. With its six year grant of $2,890,392 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Samuel Merritt College (SMC) will be able to educate additional new nurses by initiating an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program in ...

$1.5 million Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant helps Park District double size of Vasco Caves Regional Preserve

December 20, 2004

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will be doubling the size of Vasco Caves Regional Preserve in southeastern Contra Costa County. On December 14, 2004, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors unanimously agreed to purchase three parcels equaling a total of 617 acres formerly owned by ...