Federal Agencies are Planning for the Infrastructure Bill

In August 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), also known as the “Infrastructure Bill”. While the $1.2 trillion dollar bill is geared toward improving roads, bridges, airports and ports, broadband internet, and water and energy systems across the nation, it also contains around $20 billion aimed at natural resources management, enhancement, education, and protection.

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Harvesting Nature Magazine is Live!

inaugural issue of our electronic and print-on-demand magazine! We want to celebrate spring with delicious wild recipes and awesome adventure stories. This issue covers bird hunting, fly fishing, American shad, pheasant pasta, Florida turkey hunting, spring bear basics, foraging tips, and so much more!

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One Month Left for Comment on FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Removal of the Lower Klamath Dams

It seems like fish and fisherman have taken a back seat to other interests for far too long but recently this group scored a major victory in the Klamath River Dam Removal project. Despite over a century of anthropogenic impacts including timber harvest, dams, and water development, the Klamath River still maintains an interesting array of fisheries along with copious opportunities to pursue them. However, with the removal of the dams the hope is that this river will be super charged with fish and the fishing community is eagerly paying attention.

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Cases of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 on the Rise

It seems these days there are so many things jockeying for our attention, the increasing prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the global pandemic, and now the invasion of Ukraine. With such large and looming happenings in the forefront, the rapid spread of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) affecting wild populations has mostly flown under the radar, but in December of 2021, there was a new detection of RHDV2 in a wild jackrabbit in California, in San Benito County, the first since August (CDFA 2021).

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Western Monarch Butterflies See an Inspiring Rebound

In April 2021, I wrote a piece for Harvesting Nature on what appeared to be the imminent extinction of the western Monarch butterfly population. Only about 2,000 butterflies arrived on their southern California winter range in 2020 where approximately five million once clouded the skies and trees. When a population sees decline of this magnitude, coming back from the brink is rare, particularly in one breeding season, but it seems there is more to the story on the western monarch butterfly.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Reaches Capitol Hill

asting Disease (CWD) was first identified in Colorado in captive mule deer in the late 1960s. Nearly 40 years later in approximately 2002, the first utterance of CWD was heard among the ranks of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR). With a case turning up in nearby West Virginia, the VDWR began research and planning to prevent the disease from crossing the state line. I was an employee at the time and recall sampling and the agency releasing regulations on transporting carcasses into the state, but it was likely too late. CWD was detected in Shenandoah County, Virginia within a year or two.

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