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Service reopens comment period on new management rule for red wolves in North Carolina

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposed rule to replace the existing regulations governing the nonessential experimental population of the red wolf under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

On June 28, 2018, the Service published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would remove management efforts from existing private lands and instead focus continuing efforts on certain public lands in Hyde and Dare counties, North Carolina. The new proposal is based on a comprehensive four-year evaluation of the northeast North Carolina non-essential experimental population (NC NEP) of red wolves designated under section 10(j) of the ESA. On July 10, 2018, a public meeting was held in Manteo, North Carolina, that drew about 70 people, who shared comments and perspective about the proposal. A 30-day comment period on the proposal closed on July 30, 2018.

The Service is reopening the comment period to allow the public more time to review and comment on the proposed rule. Comments already submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule. The Service seeks a variety of information in a number of areas including, but not limited to: the NC NEP’s contribution to red wolf recovery; ideas and strategies for promoting tolerance of red wolves on private property outside the NC NEP management area; and ecological, agricultural and socioeconomic effects of the proposed 10(j) rule. A complete list of information the Service is seeking can be found in the proposed rule.

For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, visit the red wolf species profile.

The public comment period for the proposed new rule will be reopened for an additional 15 days beginning August 13, 2018 and will close on August 28, 2018. The Service will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 28, 2018.

You may submit written comments on this proposed rule by one of the following methods:

1. Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In the Search box, enter FWS-R4-ES-2018-0035, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, click on the Search button. On the resulting page, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, check the Proposed Rules box to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!” Electronic comments should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 28, 2018.

2. By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R4-ES-2018-0035, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

All comments are posted on regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. To increase efficiency in downloading comments, groups providing comments from large numbers of people should submit their comments in an excel file.



Jeff
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NC National Forests Propose Required Bear Canisters for Overnight Campers on Appalachian Trail and in Panthertown

Visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have experienced an increasing number of encounters with black bears exhibiting bold behavior over food in the past few years.

Most encounters are at places where the public repeatedly camps in the general forest rather than at campgrounds that are equipped with bear-proof trash cans. Incidents include bears taking food and backpacks, damaging tents, and staying near inhabited campsites for hours.

“Bears are very reluctant to give up an easy food source and they have not been discouraged by humans banging pots, blowing air horns, and yelling,” said Nantahala District Wildlife Biologist Johnny Wills. “Using bear-resistant food containers is the surest way to deny bears access to human food.”

The Forest Service has increased public awareness efforts by posting material at trail heads, on websites, and on social media in an effort to educate visitors on the importance of eliminating human behaviors that lead bears to see people as a source of food. However, potentially serious encounters by bears have continued to increase. Close interactions with bears must be reduced for the sake of the bears and for the safety of visitors.

The US Forest Service is seeking input on a proposal to require bear resistant food containers for all overnight campers on the Appalachian Trail located on the National Forests in North Carolina and in Panthertown on the Nantahala Ranger District. The Appalachian Trail passes through the Appalachian, Nantahala, Cheoah, and Tusquitee Ranger Districts.

Written comments should be submitted by September 19, 2018. Comments can be emailed to comments-southern-north-carolina-nantahala-nantahala@fs.fed.us or mailed to Johnny Wills, Nantahala RD Wildlife Biologist, Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

The Forest Service also asks that you be mindful of your sanitation and hygiene in the back country. Bears locate food sources by smell as well as sight. You can protect yourself and protect bears by storing trash and food in safe locations during your visit. Keep scented items in bear-proof canisters, inside trailers, and in the trunk of a vehicle. Do not leave food or coolers unattended. Never store scented items in your tent, including toothpaste, deodorant, beverages, or snacks. Pick up all garbage around your site, including inside fire rings, grills, and tables and properly store with your food or dispose in a bear-proof trash receptacle.

If a bear is observed nearby, pack up food and trash immediately and vacate the area. If necessary, attempt to scare the animal away with loud shouts or making noise. If a bear approaches, do not run, but move away slowly and get into a vehicle or building. In the event of a bear attack, do not play dead. Try to fight back and act aggressively. Carrying EPA registered bear spray is another way to combat bear attacks.

Report bear encounters to your local ranger district office. For more information, see our website at www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.



Jeff
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En guerre contre le ¨franglais¨...

Man formally indicted with Second Degree Murder on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Shawn Pendergraft, age 20, with second degree murder. Special Agents with the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Charlotte Division, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, and US Park Rangers of Blue Ridge Parkway on the investigation.

According to allegations contained in the indictment and criminal complaint filed in federal court, on the evening of July 24, 2018, Pendergraft reported that a co-worker was missing. Both Pendergraft and the person he reported missing were employees of the Pisgah Inn, a concessionaire within the park. The complaint alleges that, when initially interviewed by investigators, Pendergraft stated that he and the other employee both got off work shortly after 4:00 pm and decided to go for a hike on an unnamed trail near the employee housing area of the Pisgah Inn. Shortly after starting their hike it began to rain and the other employee decided to return to the housing area while Pendergraft hiked on. On his way back, upon reaching the point where the two separated, Pendergraft saw the other employee’s umbrella and hat lying on the ground. Pendergraft told investigators that he immediately began to search for the other employee and informed the management staff at the Pisgah Inn that she was missing. US Park Rangers and first responders searched the area and located the missing employee’s body lying off an embankment near a park trail.

Investigators interviewed Pendergraft and took him into custody in connection with the murder. The criminal bill of indictment was returned on August 9 by a federal grand jury sitting in Asheville, NC. The charge of second degree murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. An indictment is an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.



Jeff
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Smokies' Natural Resource Condition Assessment has been Published

The following was posted on the park Facebook page earlier today:
This park is chock full of natural resources. But how can you find quick information about them? Well, Resource Management staff along with partners from Western Carolina University have collaborated to write the park’s Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA). It documents current conditions and trends of the park’s natural resources, lists information gaps and identifies factors that are influencing the condition of our natural resources. The report assesses 52 natural resources using the most recent data and best available science.

You can access the report here: https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2253044




Jeff
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SANTÉ : Fraude au menu !

 Salut à tous,

Du site `L`actualité : De la sauce tomate «authentiquement italienne» qui vient de Chine. Du thon qui n’est pas du thon. Des produits périmés remballés et remis en épicerie. Des légumes qui deviennent bios une fois passée la frontière. Des crevettes apprêtées par des esclaves et transbordées illégalement en haute mer. Après avoir lu cette enquête exclusive sur la fraude alimentaire, vous ne verrez plus votre assiette de la même façon.  


    ¨ Avouez que vous vous êtes déjà posé la question devant le rayon des huiles d’olive : telle marque est-elle vraiment « extra vierge  » ? Et les tomates en solde cette semaine sont-elles vraiment
 « bios » .  Ça se peut qu’elles ne le soient pas vraiment. La fraude alimentaire existe. Et elle est bien plus répandue que ce que vous pourriez penser. Plus complexe aussi.

   Les médias ont relayé de nombreuses histoires d’horreur dans les dernières années. Les témoignages d’employés d’épicerie sommés par leurs patrons de changer des dates de péremption sur la viande et de modifier la garniture de vieux gâteaux, révélés en 2015 par l’émission Marketplace, de la CBC, ne sont pas les pires. Deux grands scandales, en 2008 et 2013, ont mis au jour des arnaques sur le lait et la viande aux ramifications internationales. Dès lors, Interpol a mis les bouchées doubles pour traquer les escrocs. La police a relevé des fraudes à donner la nausée. Et découvert que le crime organisé a un sacré appétit pour le trafic de la bouffe.
  
LE CRIME ORGANISÉ DANS VOTRE ASSIETTE !

   Faux produits bios, huiles d’olive mélangées, sucre ajouté dans du miel dilué, épices ou poissons vendus sous de faux noms, étiquettes mensongères sur l’origine des produits… voilà les principales arnaques qui guettent les Canadiens. Oh ! on court moins de risques de tomber malades que les consommateurs qui vivent dans les pays en développement, où des règlements défaillants, la corruption et la pauvreté facilitent la fraude. Mais on se fait avoir !

   Personne ne sait précisément à quel point la fraude alimentaire est répandue. Jusqu’à 10 % des aliments pourraient être touchés dans le monde, selon la Grocery Manufacturers Association, l’association américaine des producteurs de produits d’épicerie.

   « Chose certaine, les trafics prennent de l’ampleur », dit Françoise Dorcier, qui pilote depuis 2011 le dossier de la fraude alimentaire à Interpol, l’Organisation internationale de la police criminelle.
  
Une opération qui donne la nausée
À leur sixième opération mondiale de traque contre les fraudeurs alimentaires, les enquêteurs d’Interpol ont saisi en France des milliers de faux cubes de bouillon de viande portant le logo d’une marque célèbre dans un entrepôt de la région parisienne. En Norvège et en Italie, ils ont trouvé d’importants stocks de bouteilles d’eau de source contrefaites. Les inspecteurs ont découvert au Portugal 300 000 boîtes de conserve dans lesquelles des sardines et de la sauce tomate périmées avaient été réemballées. En Italie, 30 tonnes de fruits de mer congelés, arrosés d’acide citrique, de peroxyde et de phosphates pour les déguiser en produits frais. Au Soudan, 8 tonnes de sucre, volé dans un pays voisin, mélangé avec des fertilisants et portant les étiquettes de la marque nationale. À vomir¨...   ( Voir l`article au complet )

https://lactualite.com/societe/2018/06/07/fraude-au-menu/ 

Pégé  
   

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Chimney Rock Park Closed For At least 10 days For Road Repairs

The Chimney Rock section of Chimney Rock State Park closed to the public yesterday, August 6, when the N.C. Department of Transportation began work to restore a one-lane washout on the main entrance road in the park.

The park was closed in late May when heavy rains from subtropical storm Alberto caused a portion of the road leading into the park and a retaining wall on the upper parking lot to collapse. The park was closed for nearly two weeks at that time while state park rangers, Chimney Rock Management associates and contractors worked to clean up fallen trees, power lines and mudslides along the road and trails. The park reopened to guests Saturday, June 9. Since that time, staff have had to direct visitors through the one-lane area where the road collapsed.

N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews from Rutherford County will perform an emergency slide repair in the state park. Officials expect crews will need at least 10 days beginning Monday to rebuild the road. This project will restore both lanes of Chimney Rock Park Road when completed.

“This project is typical of repair work that we perform regularly,” Rutherford County Maintenance Engineer Matt Taylor said. “We’re essentially rebuilding a portion of the roadway slope that failed during recent storms.”

Work to fix the retaining wall on the upper parking lot is still in the planning phase. No timeline for this project has been announced. For the latest updates and news about the park reopening, visit ChimneyRockPark.com or call 828-625-9611.



Jeff
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