Press release: High tech system promotes wildlife around Devon and Cornwall roads

first_img I am delighted we have been shortlisted amongst so many other projects. It is a perfect example of how new technologies can be a powerful tool in the decision making process maximising our efforts to enhance biodiversity on our road verges. The result can be wonderful benefits for biodiversity on the land we manage while providing a real sense of achievement for everyone involved. The system has been used to deliver a vast woodland and hedgerow connectivity scheme at 21 sites along the A30 and A38 in Devon and Cornwall with 10,000 native trees and shrubs filling or reducing gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting has connected over 105 miles of habitat on the verges and wider landscape adjacent to the roads. Tree planting scheme on the A30/A38Last winter a heathland creation scheme was also undertaken, with a vision to connect existing heathland on important sites such as Dartmoor, Bodmin and Goss Moor.A planting scheme promoting habitat for the super rare marsh fritillary butterfly in the Goss Moor area in Cornwall has also been delivered.The system which was developed in conjunction with CEH (Centre of Ecology and Hydrology) picked up second place in the medium/large scale award at the Ciria BIG Biodiversity Challenge ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London..Leo added: It sounds complicated but essentially the software crunches our data on habitats and species together with information on the surrounding landscape to find the best locations for habitat creation and enhancement schemes as well as landscape management projects. We look at the populations and habitat connectivity for wildlife such as dormice, bats, endangered butterflies and also species of plants that are of conservation priority and then decide which schemes to prioritise.center_img Images from space and computer wizardry have helped Highways England develop a ground breaking approach to promoting wildlife habitat along trunk roads in Devon and Cornwall.Satellite photos and earth observation techniques have been combined with Highways England wildlife data in a software system that can predict areas where biodiversity schemes will pack the biggest punch.And the system is proving so successful it has been nominated for an environmental award from CIRIA Big Diversity Challenge.Highways England’s ecologist, Leo Gubert, explained: Highways England is committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is being supported by a £30 million national investment programme over the next five years.The plan recognises road verges and associated land can be managed to provide areas of habitat, relatively free from human access that may be scarce in the surrounding landscape.These road verges can also be used to connect fragmented habitats in the wider landscape, enabling plant and animal populations to move and interact, and so become stronger and more resilient.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Bay Athletic Club hosts Thinner Winner to promote community health

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Bay Athletic Club is holding its Thinner Winner competition starting Sunday October 6. If you need one major reason to participate, here it is: the winning group will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and that’s just the start. Personal trainer, Sarah Morrison says,“People always end up losing a great amount of weight, and it’s fun. As a community we lose well over a thousand pounds, and that’s just a big deal!”The program will last five weeks. During that time, groups of four to six participants will focus on keeping one another motivated to make healthy choices inside, and outside the gym. At least one person in each group must be a non–member at Bay Athletic Club, but everyone will have access to tools that will help them succeed.“Thinner Winner works because you have that team aspect, so you’ve got your friends, your family, your coworkers, who are counting on you, or you’re meeting at workouts or they can see your lunch that you’re having at work, but we also have Thinner Winner exclusive workouts throughout the program that are really fun to get to.”The competition also pushes participants in the right direction by offering fun activities like hikes and nutritional support. If you’d like to sign up, be aware, time is limited. You can call Bay Athletic Club at (989)356-5600 or visit for an application.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: bay athletic club, exercise, fitness, thinner winnerContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Foundation awards local grants to further community impactNext Artist Pamela O’Neil ready to give demonstrations at Alpena’s Art Walklast_img read more

Wellington Christmas Decorating contest winners announced

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Becky Basinger · 243 weeks ago This is crazy! The house on west 16th has an incredible show and should have, at the very least placed in this contest! Something just doesn’t seem right about that! Report Reply 5 replies · active 242 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Mje · 242 weeks ago Do you even know that they entered? Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Andrea Kreifels · 242 weeks ago Yes, we entered. We submitted our form the very first day it came out. We’ve been planning our house all year, since we didn’t place last year either. Our house is different than the houses that won. You just can’t drive by, you have to watch. There’s a countdown on the house that shows how many minutes until a show plays. The shows play every 10 minutes. There’s 6 different songs programmed to dance. Programming takes a long time…last year we had 3 songs, but we couldn’t reuse them because we tripled last year’s set up and had to upgrade the software we used. Eventually, we will have enough to keep the show going continuously. We have a radio station that plays the music and gives info on the whole set up. I know our house is different. It’s beautiful to us, we did it for us, not for the competition. While we are disappointed that we didn’t place this year either, we are happy for the ones that did. But, our house will never look like theirs. We enjoy the customization and unique aspect too much. Often times, you’ll see me standing out there watching. Because, even though I’ve spent so much time working on it this year playing the songs over and over to make each set of lights work exactly the way I want it to, I still find it beautiful and I’m so overjoyed with how it looks and I love watching it! We’ve got bigger things planned next year; it’s only going to get bigger from here! I Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 242 weeks ago Andrea, it would help if you could include an address so we know where to go to see your great decorations. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Andrea · 242 weeks ago Sorry… It’s 909 W 16th. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Becky Basinger · 242 weeks ago Yes they entered according to a post on summer county buy sell trade Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down sunshine · 242 weeks ago Way to go Nelsons They work really hard every year. They really have the spirit. Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Home town Boy · 242 weeks ago That’s the way it works in Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments From left, Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel; WACC director Annarose White; City Administrative Clerk Kelly Ford and City Manager Roy Eckert receiving the Lightpole decorating contest first place prize.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Christmas decorating contest at its coffee held Thursday morning.The winners are as follows:Business 1.Wheatland Services, 120 N. Washington.2. Lucky Rhinestone, 114 S. Washington.3. Geranamo Gifts, 116 S. Washington.Residential1. Mark Ellis, 1128 North C. St.2. Lee and Brenda Neslson, 1404 N. Plum.3. Maggie Redford, 405 S. Olive.Pole Decorating Contest1. City of Wellington.2. No. 7 Coffeehouse.3. Cornerbank.We will have pictures later tonight of the winning Christmas decorations.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more