HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
USGS releases assessment of nation's biological resources

The common theme of a report detailing the first large-scale assessment of the health and status and trends of the nation's biological resources is that across the United States land use, water use and invasive species are the three factors most responsible for reported and often dramatic declines in the country's plants, animals and ecosystems, said Dr. Charles G. "Chip" Groat, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, in a keynote speech today announcing the release of the government report.

The two-volume report, Status and Trends of the Nation's Biological Resources, was presented today at the S. Dillon Ripley Center in the Smithsonian Institution in an event sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Smithsonian Institute for Conservation Biology, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The report was produced by the U.S. Geological Survey with contributions from nearly 200 experts from federal government, academic and nongovernmental communities, including a section on marine resources written by the National Marine Fisheries Service. It synthesizes current information on status and trends of biological resources with a historical perspective of ecosystems across the country to assess how the nation's resources are changing. The report also covers the major factors that affect biological resources nationwide.

The report, said Groat, documents that the major land-use changes negatively affecting the health of biological resources are urbanization, conversion of lands to agriculture, draining of wetlands and the fragmentation of forests. "For example," he said, "in seven states once covered with native grasslands, less than 1 percent of the native tall-grass prairie habitat remains. Losses are due to agriculture, grazing, urbanization and mineral extraction. The result is that native grassland bird species have shown more consistent, widespread and steeper declines than any other grou
'"/>

Contact: Catherine Haecker
catherine_haecker@usgs.gov
703-648-4090
United States Geological Survey
17-Sep-1999


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. 5AM Solutions releases Microarray Enterprise Manage(TM) Software
2. Joslin Diabetes Center releases new low impact exercise video
3. The American Academy of Microbiology releases report
4. Academy Harbor Consortium releases letter on mercury to President Bush
5. The American Academy of Microbiology releases report
6. Journal announces scientific releases
7. ICSU releases GMO synthesis report
8. CAST releases report on environmental impacts of grazing systems on our nations resources
9. Twenty-years of long-term ecological research: National Science Foundation releases review report
10. NNSAs Livermore Lab partners with cities and counties to track biological, chemical releases
11. Refrigerator disposal releases ozone-depleting chemicals

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/21/2016)... , March 22, 2016 ... recognition with passcodes for superior security   ... a leading provider of secure digital communications services, today ... biometric technology and offer enterprise customers, particularly those in ... facial recognition and voice authentication within a mobile app, ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... Florida , March 14, 2016 ... the growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing of a ... channels starting the week of March 21 st .  The ... CNBC, including its popular Squawk on the Street show. ... focused on the growing mobile commerce market, announces the airing ...
(Date:3/10/2016)...   Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS ) today ... is testing its biometric identity solution at the Otay Mesa ... help identify certain non-U.S. citizens leaving the country. ... help determine the efficiency and accuracy of using biometric technologies ... run until May 2016. --> the United ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... PrecisionAg® Media has ... 2017 and Beyond. The paper outlines the key trends that are creating both ... “We’ve witnessed a lot of highs and lows as the precision agriculture market ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... ... May 23, 2016 , ... Foresight Institute , a ... winners for the 2015 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. , These prestigious prizes, ... one for experiment and the other for theory in nanotechnology. Prof. Markus J. ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... ... The recent recall by Costco and Trader Joes of 47 million pounds of ... demonstrates the need for faster and more cost effective bio-threat detection to ensure food ... , PathSensor’s latest solution uses a biosensor technology called CANARY®. CANARY®, an ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... 2016 Regen BioPharma, ... RGBPP) announced today initiation of a preclinical development ... based cancer immunotherapeutic product leveraging its NR2F6 immunological ... a generation of cord blood derived killer cells ...  The product in development will be a "universal ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: