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DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6

DNREC News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:15
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – As part of its activities for National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police will hold its 29th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Wyoming and at the dog training area of Lums Pond State Park in Bear.

Abandoned fawns What you should know and should not do if you find them

DNREC News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:12
DOVER (May 26, 2015) – Fawning season for white-tailed deer in Delaware has begun, with most fawns born during the last week of May through the first week of June. Every year at about this time, well-meaning individuals call DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife about “abandoned” fawns, thinking that “doing the right thing” means “saving” these newborns by bringing them home or to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Federal Aid Programs for State of Oklahoma Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:41

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 Oklahoma.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President Declares Disaster for Oklahoma

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:35

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 5-10, 2015

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Cleveland, Grady, and Oklahoma counties.

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Mammoths Reached the California Channel Islands Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

USGS Newsroom - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:57
Summary: Recently, U.S. Geological Survey researchers and partners working in California’s Channel Islands National Park discovered mammoth remains in uplifted marine deposits that date to about 80,000 years ago, confirming a long-held but never proven hypothesis that mammoths may have been on the Channel Islands long before the last glacial period 25,000 to 12,000 years ago

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Recently, U.S. Geological Survey researchers and partners working in California’s Channel Islands National Park discovered mammoth remains in uplifted marine deposits that date to about 80,000 years ago, confirming a long-held but never proven hypothesis that mammoths may have been on the Channel Islands long before the last glacial period 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.  

“These are the first confidently dated fossils from the California Channel Islands showing that mammoths had been on the islands a long time, not just during the last glacial period,” said lead author and USGS research geologist Dan Muhs. “It supports an older hypothesis that mammoths could have swum from the mainland to the islands any time that conditions were favorable for such a journey, when sea level was low.” 

This discovery on Santa Rosa Island, detailed in the online and print journal editions of Quaternary Research, shows that mammoths likely ventured to the islands during at least one earlier glacial period, when sea level was lower than present and the swimming distance from the mainland to the islands was minimal.  

The older age of mammoths also challenges the hypothesis that climate change and sea level rise at the close of the last glacial period (about 12,000 years ago) were the causes of mammoth extinction on the Channel Islands. Earlier mammoth populations also would have had to contend with climate change and sea level rise, but apparently survived.     

The newly discovered fossil mammoth remains are likely Mammuthus exilis, the pygmy mammoth. The Columbian mammoth immigrated to the islands from the California mainland by swimming and the pygmy mammoth evolved on the islands from this ancestral stock. Most mammoth remains previously reported on the Channel Islands date to the last glacial period, about 25,000 to 12,000 years ago.  

Mammoths are iconic animals of the Pleistocene Ice Ages, both in North America and Eurasia. Fossil mammoths and other proboscideans (elephants and their relatives) have also been found on many islands of the Mediterranean.    

Public invited to submit comments on draft environmental impact statement for Tillamook area flood mitigation and habitat restoration project

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 15:13

BOTHELL, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a public open house on the Southern Flow Corridor Project where the public may ask questions about the project and provide comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The open house will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at the Port of Tillamook Bay Officer’s Mess Hall (6825 Officers Row, Tillamook, OR). 

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Hurricane Season Begins June 1—Are You Ready?

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:58

ATLANTA – As the 2015 hurricane season begins, FEMA has launched a new feature to its mobile app to help you be prepared and stay informed about severe weather. The free feature allows you to receive weather alerts from five locations you select anywhere in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area. This tool makes it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening your family and friends in other areas.

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Disaster Recovery Centers To Close For Memorial Day

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:25

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Disaster recovery centers, which are operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will not be open on Memorial Day.

April storm survivors can continue to call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

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Hurricane Season Approaches

FEMA Region III News Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:50

PHILADELPHIA – As the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA Region III continues to proactively work with its state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness, coordinate response and recovery capabilities, and empower individuals to take an active role in their community’s emergency management team.

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Hurricane Season Approaches

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 13:50

PHILADELPHIA – As the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season approaches, FEMA Region III continues to proactively work with its state, local, and federal partners to increase preparedness, coordinate response and recovery capabilities, and empower individuals to take an active role in their community’s emergency management team.

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DNREC Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter May 11 to 17

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:53
DOVER (May 22, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between May 11-17 made 1,257 contacts with anglers, boaters and the general public, including 111 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing regulation compliance checks. Officers issued 33 citations.

Piping plover nesting season in full swing at Cape Henlopen

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:41
LEWES (May 22, 2015) – Delaware beach-nesting bird monitors report that nesting season is progressing by leaps and bounds, with a flurry of activity by piping plovers and oystercatchers at Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore state parks.

Churchmans Road boat ramp on Christina River reopened by DNREC after temporary closure for access evaluation

DNREC News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:27
NEWARK (May 22, 2015) – The Churchmans Road boat ramp located on the Christina River – closed over the last year while it was evaluated for public access – has reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend and for continuous recreational use, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Federal Aid Programs Available for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:19

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 West Virginia.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Federal Aid Programs Available for the State of West Virginia Declaration

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:19

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 West Virginia.

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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Categories: Federal News

President Declares Disaster for West Virginia

FEMA Region III News Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 13-15, 2015. 

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President Declares Disaster for West Virginia

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of West Virginia to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of April 13-15, 2015. 

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DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police advise Don’t drink and boat on Delaware waterways

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:49
DOVER (May 21, 2015) – For the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters that drinking and boating don’t mix –

Disaster Recovery Center to Close in Franklin County

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:08

 

 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Franklin County will close Saturday, May 23, at 6 p.m. (EDT).

The Franklin center is located at 101 University Drive (Kentucky State University Exum Center) in Frankfort.

After the center closes, help is still available to survivors who suffered losses in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties during the severe April storms.

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Three Delaware commercial fishermen cited for violations

DNREC News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:43
DOVER (May 20, 2015) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers cited three commercial fishermen in Kent County for violations last week.