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 New Mexico to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and mudslides during the period of September 9-22, 2013.Language English
DENVER – FEMA mitigation teams will offer building tips at Ace Hardware stores in Fort Collins, Firestone and Windsor this weekend beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 2.
Mitigation measures can benefit homeowners, renters and business owners hoping to reduce problems including mold and mildew. Advice also may be of help protecting electrical systems, furnaces and appliances.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be at these four locations:
Downtown Ace Hardware
215 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524Language English
One Year Later: Communities, Local Professionals Take Ownership of Recovery for a Stronger New Jersey
LINCROFT, N.J. -- As the State of New Jersey approaches the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, many communities along the Shore are focused on recovery efforts. Much of the planning efforts in these devastated towns and boroughs are based on the question: “What will our communities look like in one, five or 10 years?”Language English
New FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Released Soon for Cumberland and York Counties in Maine
BOSTON – Communities throughout Cumberland and York counties in the state of Maine are receiving updated preliminary flood hazard maps on November 5, 2013, as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s nationwide program to modernize Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps should be available for viewing shortly after November 5, 2013.Language English
DENVER – Greeley’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) reopens today, Monday, Oct. 28.
This DRC will be operate 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., MDT, today, Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 30.
It will close permanently at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Island Grove Exhibition Hall
525 N. 15th Ave.
Greeley, CO 80631Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. – The devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy left survivors and businesses in New Jersey with large-scale recovery needs. Throughout the year, the state’s private sector has made significant contributions to the recovery process and continues to play a key role.Language English
Americans place high value on butterfly royalty. A recent study suggests they are willing to support monarch butterfly conservation at high levels, up to about 6 ½ billion dollars if extrapolated to all U.S. households.
If even a small percentage of the population acted upon this reported willingness, the cumulative effort would likely translate into a large, untapped potential for conservation of the iconic butterfly.
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining across Mexico, California and other areas of the United States since 1999. A 2012 survey at the wintering grounds of monarchs in Mexico showed the lowest colony size ever recorded.
"The multigenerational migration of the monarch butterfly is considered one of the world’s most spectacular natural events," said Jay Diffendorfer, a USGS scientist and the study’s lead author. "However, managing migratory species is difficult because they can cross international borders and depend on many geographic areas for survival."
Much of the decline in monarch numbers has been blamed on the loss of milkweed, the native plants on which monarch caterpillars feed.
"While many factors may be affecting monarch numbers, breeding, migrating, and overwintering habitat loss are probably the main culprits," said Karen Oberhauser, a monarch biologist at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the study. "In the U.S., the growing use of genetically-modified, herbicide-tolerant crops, such as corn and soybeans, has resulted in severe milkweed declines and thus loss of breeding habitat."
The authors suggest that the universal popularity of monarchs could encourage a market for monarch-friendly plants.
"This is the first nation-wide, published, economic valuation survey of the general public for an insect. The study indicates that economic values of monarch butterflies are potentially large enough to mobilize people for conservation planting and funding habitat conservation," said John Loomis, the lead economist on the study from Colorado State University.
"The life cycle of monarchs creates opportunities for untapped market-based conservation approaches," Diffendorfer continued. "Ordinary households, conservation organizations, and natural resource agencies can all plant milkweed and flowering plants to offset ongoing losses in the species’ breeding habitat."
According to the annual survey of the National Gardening Association, households that identify as "do-it-yourself lawn and gardeners" spent $29.1 billion in related retail sales in 2012.
"By reallocating some of those purchases to monarch-friendly plants, people would be able to contribute to the conservation of the species as well as maintain a flower garden," said Oberhauser. "Helping restore the monarch’s natural habitat, and potentially the species’ abundance, is something that people can do at home by planting milkweed and other nectar plants."
Unfortunately, many plants purchased by gardeners have been treated with systemic insecticides that can kill both pollinators that consume the nectar, and caterpillars, like monarchs, that eat the leaves.
"This study shows that not only might consumers pay more for monarch-friendly milkweeds grown without systemic insecticides in the potting soil, but also that consumers might be more interested overall in buying nectar-producing plants or milkweeds if they knew a small percentage of sales will be donated to habitat conservation," said Diffendorfer.
The study, released today in Conservation Letters, was authored by researchers with the USGS, Colorado State University, the University of Minnesota, and others, who participated in a USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis working group.
About Monarch Butterflies
Monarchs are very popular in both society and throughout education. The monarch butterfly is currently the official insect or butterfly of seven different U.S. states, and is celebrated in festivals held across North America. Monarchs have been the focus of many school’s science curricula as well as the subjects of multiple citizen-science projects.
- National Valuation of Monarch Butterflies Indicates an Untapped Potential for Incentive-based Conservation
- John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
- Ecosystem Services
- Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
- Colorado State University, Agricultural Resource Economics
- University of Maryland, Department of Biology
- University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
- University of Arizona, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography
- National Gardening Association
- European Forest Institute
- Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
- Wiley Online Library: Conversation Letters
- Monarch Butterfly Fund
- Monarch Joint Venture
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife designates Nov 2 as special deer hunting day for youth and disabled hunters
DENVER – Colorado’s recovery continues with two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opening in Colorado Springs and Fort Morgan on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The Colorado Springs DRC will be open for one week only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Nov. 2.
Colorado residents who suffered losses and damages as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides can get face-to-face disaster information at these DRCs:
EL PASO COUNTY
Black Forest Fire Department No.1
11445 Teachout Rd.Language English
DENVER – As the November 14 deadline draws near for filing flood damage claims, survivors may have questions or need additional information regarding any determination their insurer might make regarding their claim.
If an insurer sends a written denial of the claim or part of a claim, an owner can appeal this determination. To file an appeal, follow these four steps:Language English
LINCROFT, N.J. -- The devastation Superstorm Sandy left behind changed the face of many New Jersey communities, perhaps none more so than along the Shore. With individual homes and businesses and even whole communities swept away, many people were left wondering if it’s even possible to live at the Shore.Language English
Have you tried Delawares new Hunter and Trapper Registration System yet for convenient practical use
- October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy strikes with a storm surge weather experts had never seen before
- 37,000 primary residences destroyed or damaged
- 8.7 million cubic yards of debris left behind
- 2.7 million New Jerseyans without power
The first 48 hoursLanguage English
DENVER—National Flood Insurance policyholders whose homes or other structures were damaged by flooding have until November 14, 2013, to file claims for their losses.
A Proof of Loss form includes detailed estimates of the cost to replace or repair damaged property.
Proof of loss substantiates the damage claim and is required before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can make payment. File damage claims with your NFIP insurance company and work with your adjuster to get the proof of loss forms.Language English