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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Two Louisiana Parishes

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 09:21

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Monday, March 21, in Monroe and Slidell to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expressway
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La.

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Eastern Monarch Butterflies at Risk of Extinction Unless Numbers Increase

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 07:30
Summary: Long-term declines in the overwintering Eastern population of North American monarch butterflies are significantly increasing their likelihood of becoming extinct over the next two decades, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and U.S. Geological Survey research published today.

Contact Information:

Mario Aguilera, Scripps ( Phone: 858-534-3624 ); Catherine Puckett, USGS ( Phone: 352-377-2469 );



Long-term declines in the overwintering Eastern population of North American monarch butterflies are significantly increasing their likelihood of becoming extinct over the next two decades, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and U.S. Geological Survey research published today.

Monarch Male Butterfly — A monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) resting and sunning at an overwintering site in the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico. This individual is a male, identifiable by the black spot on each hindwing. Photo credit: Steve Hilburger, USGS.

 

The new study, available in the journal Scientific Reports, found that the Eastern migratory monarch population declined by 84 percent from the winter of 1996-1997 to the winter of 2014-2015. Using this information, the study demonstrated that there is a substantial chance – 11 to 57 percent – of quasi-extinction over the next 20 years. A quasi-extinct population is one with so few remaining individuals left that recovery is impossible. While the remaining individuals may survive for a short time, the population as a whole will inevitably go extinct.

Monarch Butterflies on Tree — A group of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) covers an oyamel fir tree (Abies religiosa) at an overwintering site in the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico. Photo credit: Steve Hilburger, USGS.

“Because monarch numbers vary dramatically from year to year depending on weather and other factors, increasing the average population size is the single-most important way to provide these iconic butterflies with a much-needed buffer against extinction,” said Brice Semmens, the lead author of the study and a scientist at Scripps. 

Semmens said that as an example of this variability, just after the analysis concluded, the World Wildlife Fund Mexico and partners reported a large increase in monarch numbers since last year. However, this increase was followed by a recent winter storm that may have adversely affected the population. The authors emphasized that although one good winter – as occurred this year – is positive news, higher average monarch numbers are necessary for reducing the long-term risk of quasi-extinction.

Because counting individual monarchs is challenging, scientists measure population size based on the geographic area that their colonies cover while spending the winter in Mexico. The United States, Mexico and Canada aim to increase the number of Eastern monarchs wintering in Mexico so that they occupy about six hectares, or about 15 acres, by 2020. This year’s population size increased substantially to about four hectares, or close to 10 acres. The population was 1.13 hectares (about 2.8 acres) during the winter of 2014-2015, and at its lowest, 0.67 hectares (about 1.7 acres) during the 2013-2014 winter. 

The Scripps and USGS scientists found that if the Eastern population reaches the six-hectare goal announced in last year’s national pollinator strategy, the quasi-extinction risk over 20 years would decrease by more than half.

“Previously published research suggested that the most effective way to increase monarch numbers is to focus on the restoration of their breeding habitat,” said USGS scientist Darius Semmens, a coauthor of the report. “Over the previous two winters, Eastern monarch populations were very low, indicating a higher risk of losing the species. If their numbers continue to grow, as they did this year, the risk will decrease.”

Scripps and the USGS collaborated with scientists from the University of Arizona, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas on the study. The research was conducted as part of the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, a team of scientists and resource managers working together to help inform the management of monarch butterflies. The partnership was hosted by the USGS Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis in Fort Collins, Colorado.

About the Monarch Butterfly

Reasons for monarch population declines are complex, although some evidence suggests that loss of breeding habitat is the primary factor. Other factors include adverse weather conditions in recent years, loss of overwintering habitat, disease and exposure to contaminants.

There are two main populations of monarch butterflies in North America: the Western, which winters and migrates west of the Rocky Mountains, and the more abundant Eastern population, which is the subject of the new study and ranges east of the Rockies from central Mexico to southern Canada. Eastern monarchs breed in the United States and Canada, and migrate to Mexico for the winter. Western monarchs migrate inland north and east from colonies along the California coast to states ranging from Washington to Arizona.​ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to protect monarchs under the Endangered Species Act.

For more information about monarch research, please visit the Scripps and USGS websites.

[Watch the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfuly Sanctuary, Mexico video at http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/1014] Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico — A group of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) flying among the oyamel fir tree (Abies religiosa) forest at an overwintering site in the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico. Camera: Steve Hilburger, USGS.
 
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East Texas Survivors Encouraged to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 16:01

AUSTIN, Texas—East Texans who sustained damage or losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began March 7, 2016 and is continuing, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The presidential disaster declaration of March 19 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in three counties: Jasper, Newton and Orange.

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Beware of Fraud, Scams When Seeking Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 15:11

Baton Rouge, La. – State and federal recovery officials urge Louisiana residents affected by the March flooding events throughout the state to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.

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More Louisiana Residents Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 14:58

Baton Rouge, La – Now that flood survivors in 26 parishes may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, their first step is to register.

Individuals and business owners in the designated parishes who had storm damage may apply for assistance two ways:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

  • By calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

    • People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.

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Louisianans in Seven Parishes Encouraged to Apply for Federal, State Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sun, 03/20/2016 - 14:52

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained property damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for federal and state disaster assistance.

The presidential disaster declaration of March 13 makes federal Individual Assistance available to eligible applicants in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster parishes.

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 20:35

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Major Disaster for Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 20:31

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on March 7, 2016, and continuing.

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Two Louisiana Parishes

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 17:40

BATON ROUGE, La. –Disaster recovery centers will open Monday, March 21, in Monroe and Slidell to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice. The centers will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expressway
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La.

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It’s Not Too Early to Begin Flood Clean Up after Louisiana Floods

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 17:35

BATON ROUGE, La. – State and federal emergency management officials encourage Louisiana flood survivors to begin repairs as soon as they can.

Flood survivors do not need to wait for a visit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or their insurance company to start cleaning up and make repairs. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will be able to verify flood damage even after cleaning has begun.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Bossier City, Louisiana

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 17:27

BATON ROUGE, La. – A disaster recovery center will open Saturday, March 19, in Bossier City to help Louisiana flood survivors. This center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Bossier Parish Public Safety Complex
5850 Shed Road
Bossier City, La.

More recovery centers are planned to open in affected areas.

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More Louisiana Residents Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 03/19/2016 - 13:18

More Louisiana Residents Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance, Urged to Register

 

Baton Rouge, La – Now that flood survivors in 26 parishes may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, their first step is to register.

 

Individuals and business owners in the designated parishes who had storm damage may apply for assistance two ways:

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DNREC announces that federal flood insurance is now available in New Castle County’s Village of Arden

DNREC News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 17:10
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – The Village of Arden in New Castle County has become the latest Delaware community to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program

It’s Not Too Early to Begin Flood Clean Up after Louisiana Floods

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 16:02

BATON ROUGE, La. – State and federal emergency management officials encourage Louisiana flood survivors to begin repairs as soon as they can.

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Kent County student places second in National Conservation District Poster Contest

DNREC News - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 15:55
DOVER (March 18, 2016) – A Kent County student was recently named the second place winner nationwide in the National Association of Conservation Districts’ (NACD) conservation poster contest, themed “Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators.”

Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 12:56

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Not every Arkansas resident who registered for federal disaster assistance following the late December - January storms and flooding will qualify for aid. But an appeal process can ensure those affected by the storm will receive all aid to which they are legally eligible.

Applicants must file their appeal within 60 days of receiving FEMA’s assistance decision by mail. This letter describes the amount of or type of assistance being offered. 

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