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ARRA Newsletter - June 2008

ARRA Newsletter - June 2008

Heading Out of Town
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With less than eight months remaining for the Bush Administration, we are already seeing signs that it is preparing to close up shop. On May 9, 2008, the President's Chief of Staff, Josh Bolton, issued a memorandum to all Executive departments and agencies that read in part: "except in extraordinary circumstances, regulations to be finalized in this Administration should be proposed no later than June 1, 2008, and final regulations should be issued no later than November 1, 2008."

In other words, no last minute surprises. No last minute regulations and perhaps, just perhaps, no last minute designation of monument areas by the stroke of a Presidential pen like we witnessed during the closing days of another Administration.

Less is better, and in this case, we agree.

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Question: What is obsidian?

USGS Frequently Asked Questions

What is obsidian?

Answer: Obsidian is a very shiny natural volcanic glass. When obsidian breaks it fractures with a distinct conchoidal fracture. Obsidian is produced when lava cools very quickly. The lava cools so quickly that no crystals can form. When people make glass they melt silica rocks like sand and quartz then cool it rapidly by placing it in water. Obsidian is produced in nature in a similar way.

Composition:
Obsidian is dense volcanic glass, usually rhyolite in composition and typically black in color. Compared with window glass, obsidian is rich in iron and magnesium; tiny (

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Why do animals become endangered?

USGS Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why do animals become endangered?

Answer:

There are many different reasons that animals are endangered, especially loss of their habitat -- where they live, eat, and raise their young. Protecting endangered and threatened species and restoring them to a secure status in the wild is the primary objective of the endangered species program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. The Endangered Species Web site can be accessed at http://endangered.fws.gov/.

Source of this FAQ:http://biology.usgs.gov/pub_aff/faq.html

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Arizona Game and Fish warns high country campers to be "bear aware"

Arizona Game and Fish warns high country campers to be "bear aware"

PHOENIX - Prime camping season is arriving in the high country, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds people heading to the great outdoors to be “bear aware” and keep a clean campsite.

Bear activity is up this time of year, as yearling bears leave their mothers and begin roaming more in search of food sources and to establish their own territories. Bears have a keen sense of smell and can be drawn to food in campgrounds.

“The root cause of most conflicts between bears and people, especially in camping areas, is food,” says Bruce Sitko, information and education program manager in Game and Fish’s Pinetop region. “Bears can’t change their behavior, but people can. Protect yourself and protect a bear—take a few minutes to secure your food items.”

Wildlife officials say it is prudent for all outdoor recreationists to take the following precautions to minimize potential conflicts with bears and other wildlife:

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Caution issued about orphaned wildlife

May 6, 2008

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS CAUTION WELL-MEANING CITIZENS TO THINK BEFORE THEY ACT WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS THAT APPEAR ORPHANED
Animals taken from the wild rarely survive hand raising or release back to the wild

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife has some strong advice for well-meaning people who seek to rescue wild animals that appear to be orphaned: Leave them alone!

Every year, wildlife officers, biologists and licensed rehabilitators attempt to educate local residents about the hazards of handling wild animals. Despite their cute, and sometimes helpless appearance, wild animals are capable of biting, scratching and transmitting diseases to humans and domestic animals.

Many people believe that they are doing the right thing by rescuing a young wild animal and think that hand raising is a good alternative to being raised in the wild. This could not be further from the truth as a hand-raised wild animal, even under expert care, has little chance of long-term survival once released to the wild.

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ARRA Newsletter - May 2008

ARRA Newsletter
May 2008

Access to Cape Hatteras
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If you think that access issues are the exclusive domain of the western part of the United States, think again. For the folks who live near and/or visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, beach access is becoming a life and death issue especially as it relates to their local economy.

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