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NFC: Fw: Nature Conservancy Nature News, July 2000


NATURE CONSERVANCY Nature News for July 2000

Welcome to Nature News - our once a month peek into the 
state of the planet. Learn what lands, waters, plants 
and animals The Nature Conservancy is working to save
and where to find more information. For general information 
about The Nature Conservancy, please visit our Web site: 



1. Good Cow, Bad Cow
2. Komodo Dragons Disappearing Lair
3. Old Growth, New Insights
4. Visit the Waters and the Wild 
5. Fast Fact - Coral Reefs 


1. Good Cow, Bad Cow

Are cows bovine bullies or catalysts for grassland ecosystems? 
The answer may be both. No longer is the blame for the beaten 
range to be pinned solely on the four-legged beast of burden.  
Rather the solution ultimately lies with the two-legged keeper 
walking behind it.

To read more, visit: http://www.tnc.org/magazine/story1p_nav.html 


2. Komodo Dragons Disappearing Lair

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to a living dinosaur: 
the Komodo Dragon. The park also includes islands, coral reefs, 
and mangroves. The cool Indian Ocean also meets warmer seas here, 
creating a rich mix of marine life. However, pollution and 
destructive fishing practices threaten these beautiful waters. 
Thanks to the Conservancy's partnership with the park authority, 
however, solutions are being developed to help preserve this 
pristine place.  

To learn more, click: 


3. Old Growth, New Insights

The Conservancy recently protected 2,000 acres of hardwood forest 
in northern Minnesota. Sugar maples, lakes, and uncommon plants 
are all found in this old growth forest.  Some trees here are 
200 years old and require the arm length of two people to encircle 
their trunks. Such old growth forests are increasingly rare and 
provide important laboratories for research on how forests function. 

Find out more by going to: http://www.tnc.org/success/index_nav.html


4.  Visit the Waters and the Wild

Jabiru stork, capuchins monkeys, and pink and gray dolphins are 
your likely neighbors on The Nature Conservancy's Peruvian Amazon 
voyage. This is just one of several international trips sponsored 
by the Conservancy that allow members to experience firsthand, 
the Last Great Places they help to protect. 

To view upcoming international trips, click: 


5. Fast Fact - Coral Reefs

Komodo National Park's coral reefs are being destroyed by dynamite 
fishing and cyanide used to stun and capture fish for aquariums. 
Globally, 10 percent of the world's coral reefs have been destroyed 
and another 20 percent are in grave peril.


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