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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Congressman Sylvester Reyes is working to preserve Castner Range. He included the following critical policy language in the current National Defense Authorization Act:
Castner Range Complex at Fort Bliss
The committee understands that the Department of Defense ceased operations at the Castner Range Complex at Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1971. In testimony, the Army indicated that Castner Range is “wholly impractical to use for any range activity.” The committee is interested in maintaining this land for a conservation purpose.
The committee encourages the Department to enter into an agreement in furtherance of conveyance with eligible conservation entities.
Send Congressman Reyes your thanks: 310 North Mesa, Suite 400, El Paso, TX 79901, 915-534-4400, or e-mail: http://reyes.house.gov/Contact/vyo.htm
Senate Armed Services Committee has their markup of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act the last week in June. Let your Senators know how you feel about including in the Senate version of the NDAA, language similar to the House version that voices support for preserving Castner Range.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-4304
Legislative Aid, Steve Rubright Stephen_Rubright@hutchison.senate.gov
Regional Director, Jesse Hereford, email@example.com
Senator John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510
Castner Range "has a combination of unique plant and animal habitats, complex geology, spectacular scenery and rich cultural features unequaled anywhere else in the Franklins."
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Texas Forest Service is attempting to determine the current distribution of the soapberry borer in
. The soapberry borer, Agrilus prionurus, is an invasive wood-boring beetle recently introduced from Texas Mexicothat has been attacking and killing western soapberry trees in various counties of . If you spot dead or dying western soapberry trees, please report the following information to Dr. Ron Billings at firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, attach digital photos of the bark chips, larval galleries, D-shaped exit holes or other signs of attack, together with a close-up photo of the tree’s leaves, so we can confirm the identity of the pest. Please see the attached descriptions if you are uncertain how to identify western soapberry or the damage this flatheaded wood borer causes. Thanks for your cooperation. Texas
Name of observer:
of infestation:______________________ _____________________ County
Date first observed: ____________________
Address of infested tree(s) or GPS location if available:________________________________
Attack signs noted: ___ Dead soapberry tree with bark removed
(check all observed) ___ Dying soapberry tree with some yellow or green leaves
___ Chips of bark at base of tree
___ White larvae beneath the bark
___ Winding galleries beneath the bark
___ “D”-shaped exit holes in bark
___ Sprouting of new leaves along trunk
___ Adult soapberry borers
Number of trees infested: ______ Average diameter of trees infested: _______ inches
Are there uninfested soapberry trees (> 3” in DBH) at this site? ___ Yes; ____ No; ____ Don’t know
Return questionnaire by e-mail to email@example.com or regular mail to: Dr. Ronald F. Billings/Manager, Forest Pest Management/Texas Forest Service/301 Tarrow, Suite 364/College Station, TX 77840-7896. 979-458-6650
For better detail, click on any of the images above. Some might confuse soapberries with chinaberry trees. Do look at the detail.
Master Naturalist, Judy Ackerman reports: "There is a lovely stand of soapberry trees in the Tom May’s section of
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"All of our native plants evolved here and been subjected to long periods of natural selection. They are perfectly adapted to the climate and habitats of New Mexico. Native plants are in balance with the ecosystem, provide cover and food for native animals, and have developed a surprisingly diverse array of relationships with soil fungi and other native microorganisms. What better plants to grow on any patch of ground than the species that have evolved upon that spot?"
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This July 4th: Help us put local, sustainable foods on the map . . . and on our elected officials' plates!
Sign our petition at FoodIndependenceDay.org or on Facebook.
Contact your state’s first family and ask them to plan a locally-sourced holiday meal and to share their July 4th menu with us (they can e-mail it to me:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspire them and others by sharing your local food plans for the July 4th meal via our interactive map. (Click the word “add” on the map. You can include your name, your location, and what you plan to serve July 4th).
If you’re a kid and growing some local food of your own, share your story with others through the “Why I’m a Victory Grower” video contest.
Help us spread the word by grabbing a button (sm/lg) or flash widget for your website, blog, social network, or newsletter.
Thanks for joining the over 3000 people who have already declared their
Roger - Roger Doiron, Founding Director, Kitchen Gardeners InternationalIATP Food and Society Fellow. Mail: 3 Powderhorn Drive, Scarborough, Me 04074Phone: (207) 883-5341 Twitter: http://twitter.com/rogerdoiron
Declare your food independence this July 4th!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Anthony, New Mexico/Texas has been called the "leap year capital of the world".
"Anthony, Texas has opened a Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. The Market is in the Anthony city park, 1/2 mile west of I-10 exit 1. It is a beautiful park, lots of grass and large trees, with several large covered picnic tables. They opened on 30 May, and actually had two farmers selling their produce, even though it is early. They also had several craft booths. The organizers said they had commitments from other farmers to participate once they had produce to sell. The market is open on 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month."