Pennsylvania to start fracking sensitive state forestland


Grist

Pennsylvania has already leased out to frackers nearly half of the state forestland that sits above Marcellus shale natural-gas reserves. The rest is considered environmentally sensitive or difficult to access, and it has been protected from fracking since a Democratic governor imposed a limited forest-fracking moratorium in 2010.

But Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who took office in early 2011, thinks it’s time to frack the whole damn lot. He proposes opening up those lands to leasing, which his administration says could raise $75 million a year. The first year the money would go toward the general fund, but they say in subsequent years it would go to state parks and forests. 

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Australia: Victoria and Wind Farms


The link below is to an article reporting on wind farms in the Australian state of Victoria.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/southern-crossroads/2013/may/29/1

Australia: Tasmania – The Tarkine


The link below is to an article that considers the state of the Tarkine wilderness region in Tasmania.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/outdoor/taste-of-tasmanias-tarkine.htm

Palau: Climate Change Impact


The link below is to an article that reports on climate change and its impact on the island state of Palau.

For more visit:
http://grist.org/climate-energy/paradise-lost-in-palau-island-nation-fights-back-against-climate-change/

Article: India – Maharashtra


Rangers Can Now Shoot Tiger Poachers on Sight

The following link is to an article reporting that poachers of Tigers in the Indian state of Maharashtra, can now be shot on sight by forest rangers.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0525-shoot-on-sight-india.html

Texas: Drought Kills 1/2 Bilion Trees


The drought that has been afflicting Texas has led to some incredible losses in the number of trees there. It is one of the worst droughts the state has ever faced in recorded history.

Read more at:
http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1221-hance_texas_trees.html

The ‘Waterfall Tour 2010’


The ‘Waterfall Tour 2010’ is the name of the latest holiday/trip that I’m currently on. It’s not as well organised as my previous holiday around the state which came with a Google Map, Blog updates and photos, etc. However, this one will end up being fairly well represented. Already I have some content on the web and more will follow tonight – more photos and videos. I doubt that I will get everything ‘up to the minute’ as I did last time, as I expect most to be done in the aftermath of the actual trip.

I only decided this morning that I would go on this trip and then left half an hour later – forming the route of the trip as I went along. It is now fairly well formed in my head – I think.

When I finally get everything together, there should be content on Flickr (photos), YouTube (videos), Google Maps (map of the route), Blog posts on Kevin’s Walk on the Wild Side (my wilderness and travel Blog) and Kevin’s Daily (a Blog on which I post either a photo, video, link or quote each day), as well as content on my website at kevinswilderness.com . For Facebook and Twitter followers, you would already be getting updates from both Flickr and YouTube I think, as these sites are getting the photos and videos fairly quickly after they are ready. However, video preparation may take me a little longer now as well – I have a bit to edit and piece together.

Anyhow, as it comes together and is ready to share you can catch it all here on the Wild Side Blog and/or updates on progress in both Facebook and Twitter.

To keep you interested (perhaps), tomorrow I am probably going to see something like 4 or 5 waterfalls, if not more. I saw two today and 1 yesterday.