|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:23:48 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] BIOTA, ENCROACHMENT: Ft. Lewis (WA) and The Nature Conservancy|
Armed and Protected Rare Species Get a Boost from the Military The Nature Conservancy Magazine Autumn 2008When the echo of artillery fire fades at Fort Lewis, Washington, it is replaced by a sweeter chorus: the chirps and trills of songbirds, including the rare streaked horned lark.
The birds are attracted by the fort's native prairie habitat, which is increasingly rare in western Washington; the fortes vast "artillery impact area" is by far the prairie's best last stand. Ironically, explains ecologist Jeff Foster, who works at the fort, shelling actually helps maintain the native prairies. "During the summer," he says, "exploding munitions start fires that limit tree invasion and keep Scotch broom [an invasive shrub] at bay."
... For the entire article, see http://www.nature.org/magazine/autumn2008/issues/art25527.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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