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Ask Ed Patchcoski if conservation works, and you’re likely to get an unqualified thumbs up.
The man who has served as Wyoming County’s federally designated District Conservationist since May of 1983 is stepping down at the end of this month.
Patchcoski’s love for the outdoors started in scouting, and he readily admits that unlike most of the people he initially served, he did not grow up on a farm.
With his dad a World War II veteran and mother a seamstress, Patchcoski grew up in the South Scranton/Moosic area and very much stayed close to the enduring values of family, which served him well in understanding why family farmers he would later serve stayed so close to the land.
He achieved the pinnacle of scouting by becoming an Eagle Scout in his teens, and by the early 1970s, he signed up for a Youth Conservation Corps program that essentially hooked him on the environment, and helped him see his role in helping to sustain it.
Patchcoski noted recently that he enrolled in Keystone College’s environmental science program run by Howard Jennings, and then went on to Penn State University’s main campus for a program in environmental resource management.
He said his first job was with the Lackawanna County Conservation District, and later went to Susquehanna County, then Westmoreland County in the western pat of the state before settling down in Wyoming County.
Patchcoski said he quickly learned that what had been taught from a textbook often bore little resemblance to what he faced in the field, and he realized that in order to succeed he would have to acquire some of it through a great deal of self study.
“What’s been so unique about my job is I’ve been able to work hands-on with private landowners, many of them farmers, in seeing how the soil can work for them,” Patchcoski said.
“There’s never been a dull moment, and each day presents itself with new challenges,” he added, noting that later in the day he would be visiting with a farmer who was concerned about a gas pipeline coming through that would disrupt some drain tile which had been put in years earlier so the farmer’s dad could successfully farm a field.
And, so it goes.
Although hired by the federal government initially to do a job through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service which provided technical assistance in controlling water and wind erosion of the soil, Patchcoski said that role changed in 1994 when a newly named agency - the Natural Resources Conservation Service - was directed to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources working with state and local agencies that had a similar mission.
He noted that his job was essentially still the same but rather than just deal with a landholder’s isolated problem he - and those he served - were more mindful of the impacts a single action might have on the bigger picture, usually downstream.
And, despite being paid by the government, Patchcoski said he has never seen himself as a bureaucrat, but rather as field technician ready to help facilitate what today are known as “best practices” in the areas of soil science, water quality and ecological restoration.
He readily acknowledges though that there have been moments where some farmers have seen him as an interloper, even though he says he’s really just there to help.
Patchcoski makes it clear that what he does is without regulatory power such as might be mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency or the state Department of Environmental Protection.
“There is good and bad with every project,” he said, and acknowledged that a constant across his nearly one-third of a century in Wyoming County - which is disected by the Susquehanna River and cris-crossed with creeks and streams - is flooding.
“The truth is money becomes available post-disaster,” he said, and “You’re suddenly presented with a new set of priorities with how to best manage the natural resources in front of you.”
He remembers vividly two projects he played an advisory role in and that was the rehabilitation of two former housing developments that led to municipal parks “which we enjoy today without thought of the upheavals faced just a generation earlier.”
He said lots of people go to Riverside Park and Lazybrook Park today and enjoy them for their recreational value, as they should.
Another project he likes to point to is the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds where this past summer a very extensive effort was unveiled employing gutters placed onto seven buildings to capture rainwater into an underground reservoir. Tanks holding a combined 15,000 gallons of water, are available for non-potable use, like washing down the animals.
In the past the runoff from the various roofs often left a considerable amount of mud on the fairgrounds not to mention animal waste that got washed into nearby wetlands changing their ecological character.
Patchcoski acknowledged such projects are not cheap with initial seed money coming from private donors, including gas companies.
“The truth is we’re all in this together,” Patchcoski said, “and need to be mindful of the bigger picture.”
He said that the biggest thing he will miss when Jan. 1 rolls around is the people.
“The best part of my job is the people I’ve had the privilege to work for,” Patchcoski said.
“Conservation never sleeps. It is a 24-7 task that demands our very best.”
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Good Deed Entertainment, Ambience Entertainment and Best FX Adelaide present a PG, 99 minute, Adventure, Drama, Family film directed by Shawn Seet, screenplay by Justin Monjo and novel by Colin Thiele with a theatre release date of April 5, 2019.
Bold commitment to map and conserve “last frontiers” for 230 birds, turtles, and more
The stunning Araripe Manakin is found in one of approximately 150 Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction sites, Chapada do Araripe. Photo by Ciro Albano. (Additional photos available on request.)
(Washington, D.C., August 6, 2018)Brazil has established itself as a world leader in biodiversity protection, becoming the first nation in the world to adopt the global Alliance for Zero Extinction(AZE) framework to identify and map sites holding the last known populations of highly threatened species.
The Ministry of Environment of Brazil published an ordinance in July 2018 recognizing AZE sites as an official tool to implement national policies for protection of the country's threatened species.
Brazil is home to nearly 150 critical sites that are together the last frontiers for more than 200 endangered species. “The main goal is to put a spotlight on the last refuges of the most threatened species in Brazil,” explained Ugo Eichler Vercillo, Director of Species Conservation and Management for the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil. “It will help to promote the integration of public policies and private actions at these sites.”
Called the Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction (BAZE), the initiative was inspired by the global AZE, which comprises over 90 nongovernmental biodiversity conservation organizations and engages with governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector, and others to identify and effectively conserve the most important sites in the world for preventing imminent species extinctions.
“The Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction will create a site map that acts as a compass for public and private conservation policy, pointing out species with conservation gaps and turning on a red light to indicate critical areas,” said Gláucia Drummond, President of the Brazilian conservation group Fundação Biodiversitas. Biodiversitas is a member of the global AZE Steering Committee and is the Brazilian leader of the BAZE.
"Congratulations to Brazil for this important step," said Mike Parr, Chair of the Alliance for Zero Extinction and President of American Bird Conservancy. "Of all the world's problems, preventing imminent species extinctions is one of the most solvable. Brazil just took a giant step forward toward this solution."
BAZE contributes to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially those of Target 11, which focus on conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity. It will also contribute to Target 12, with a focus on avoiding the extinction of species. These targets have been set at a global level under the CBD with a goal of achieving the targets by 2020.
Encouragingly, Brazil has also secured a commitment for additional CBD-signatory nations to consider adopting the AZE approach within their borders. The initiative, led by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, is currently set for discussion at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 14), to be held in November in Egypt.
Work on the global AZE program is supported by the Global Environment Facility in conjunction with ABC, BirdLife International, and the United Nations Environment Program.
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Talkin' Pets News
January 20, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Lora Dunn, Director of the Criminal Justice Program for the ALDF will join Jon and Talkin' Pets tp dicuss the Best and Worst States in Animal Protection
Anna Raimondi is a grief counselor, spiritual advisor, and medium and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/20/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her book "Conversations with Mary"
Author of The Pet Loss Companion, Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 01/20/18 at 720pm EST to discuss and give away his book on pet loss
Talkin' Pets News
August 5, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Emmy Award winning co-anchor of FOX News Tampa Bay, Cynthia Smoot will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 8/5/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the Cheetah Conservation Fund & the House Appropriations Committee amendment to eliminate restrictions on killing wild horses
Talkin' Pets News
June, 17, 2017
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - SuperPet
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of Clean Label Project will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/17/17 at 5pm EST to discuss the top 10 and bottom 10 pet foods on the market
American Bird Conservancy’s Statement on EPA Pesticide Reversal
(Washington, D.C., March 30, 2017) "We’re disgusted by Mr. Pruitt’sdecision to yield to corporate interests, given the dangers posed by chlorpyrifos to birds, children, and agricultural workers,” said Cynthia Palmer, Pesticide Program Director at American Bird Conservancy (ABC).
Chlorpyrifos, one of the most-used pesticides in the United States, has been killing birds and poisoning the environment for the past half-century. Because of those risks to wildlife and to human health, ABC has been calling for a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos for years. Environmental Protection Agency scientists agreed and were on course to ban the pesticide this month.
But late yesterday, EPA chief Scott Pruitt rejected the conclusion of the agency’s own pesticide experts, who had recommended that EPA forbid use of the pesticide permanently at farms nationwide. Rebuffing a petition filed by environmental groups a decade ago, Mr. Pruitt took “final agency action,” which may not be revisited until 2022.
Studies show that women and children are particularly at risk from exposure to chlorpyrifos. ABC is also very concerned about the documented threat chlorpyrifos poses to birds, especially to endangered species.
This past summer, EPA’s draft biological evaluation on threatened and endangered species found that chlorpyrifos is “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of all wildlife, including more than 100 listed bird species.
(Photo: Horned Lark, one of hundreds of bird species affected by use of chlorpyrifos. Photo by Middleton Evans)
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For Ten Years Running, Wild Birds Unlimited Helps Children Go To Camp
NEW YORK (May 12, 2016)- Each year, more than 6,000 campers from grades Pre-K to 12 spend time outside and connect with the natural world at any one of the National Audubon Societys 30 nature camps in 21 states. For the past decade, thousands of these campers have been able to attend thanks to the generosity of Wild Birds Unlimited, North Americas largest franchise system of bird-feeding and nature specialty stores. This year, 125 more children will gain the experience of a lifetime made possible by a Wild Birds Unlimited $25,000 scholarship.
Inspiring the next generation of leaders to care about birds and the environment is paramount to the overall success of Audubons conservation mission, said Elaine OSullivan, Director of Educational Publishing at Audubon. Thanks to the generosity of Wild Birds Unlimited, we can attract campers from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Do yourself, your children and the worlds birds a favor and enroll your kid in an Audubon nature camp today. Not only will the children and their families benefit from a world-class environmental education, but birds will have gained a lifelong advocate.
Study after study show children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. Not only are Americas youth missing out on the natural beauty of the United States, but studies also demonstrate lifelong benefits of unplugging and connecting with nature. Each of Audubons 30 day camps and 3 overnight camps have their own unique themes and cater to the interests and needs of the children in their respective communities.
By providing children with an opportunity to experience natural surroundings in these camps, were building what often becomes a lifelong passion for nature and conservation, said Jim Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited.
For more information on details about general registration, camp programs and scholarships please contact the camp where you or your children want to connect to nature. Scholarship eligibility is determined by each camp. A full list of Audubon camps and locations can be found here.
ABOUT WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED
Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 280 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit their Web site and shop online at www.wbu.com.
The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.
Climate Change Policy Failures:
Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed
By Howard A. Latin
“Not only presents a compelling overview of current climate change debates and the policies recommended to address the problems at hand, but it serves as a radical critique of these discussions and approaches, providing alternatives to mainstream viewpoints.”
Jean-Marc Coicaud, Former Director, United Nations University Office
at the UN Headquarters, New York City
Global climate change is already here and has caused many deaths and many billions of dollars of property destruction in the past few years. Nearly every prediction of imminent harm made by scientists a decade ago has turned out to be more severe and more rapid than expected.
Even if it had broad political support, the currently accepted approach to climate change mitigation would take too long to accomplish too little, and is bound to fail consistently.
Distinguished Professor of Law, Howard A. Latin, addresses the critical U.S. and global climate-policy errors in his new book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed.
“Virtually all conventional mitigation programs share the same fundamental policy mistakes,” says Latin, “and have no chance of achieving genuine climate change progress.”
Climate Change Policy Failures describes a dozen major emissions-reduction programs or proposals and their common faults, which include a graduated multi-decade, emissions-reduction strategy that would postpone substantial greenhouse gas cutbacks until 2050 or later, when they would be too late to prevent worsening climate change dangers. The book also questions the unrealistic expectations for economic incentive mechanisms and market forces to control the degradation of climate conditions; and it describes how conventional mitigation efforts have reinforced the international negotiations stalemate on climate mitigation between developed and developing nations.
Climate Change Policy Failures shows that currently accepted emissions-reduction programs, ranging from American congressional bills and cap-and-trade schemes to the Kyoto Protocol and other international treaties, would prove “too little, too late” to stem rapidly deteriorating climate conditions. Instead, Professor Latin recommends a progressive de-carbonization strategy that would replace long-term emissions-reduction programs with “clean” CO2-free alternative technologies and processes.
This “clean” technology-replacement process would eliminate large quantities of heat-trapping greenhouse gas discharges, while allowing developed and developing nations to meet their economic objectives without causing further damage to our global climate. Rather than ineffectual, multi-decade emissions-reduction programs that cannot limit the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, Climate Change Policy Failures proposes a shift to a technology-replacement strategy that could support current lifestyles and expanding economic development without further damaging the climate.
The book addresses a number of crucial topics including:
· Challenging the mitigation consensus using a “stocks and flows” analysis
· Reducing greenhouse gas discharges while increasing climate change risks
· Economic incentive programs in contrast to direct government regulation
· The on-going stalemate in international climate negotiations
· The need for multiple institutions with overlapping mitigation responsibilities
“The only way to reduce the greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere enough to decrease climate change risks,” adds Professor Latin, “is to replace large greenhouse gas pollution sources as rapidly as feasible in as many industrial sectors and geographic regions as possible with “clean” alternative technologies, processes and methods.”
Howard A. Latin earned a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In his 37 years as a law professor, he has published many highly-regarded articles on environmental law, toxic substances, torts, and products liability. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and in South Africa during 1997, and has traveled to more than 40 countries in the past three decades while conducting research on biodiversity conservation and climate change issues. In addition to the Fulbright visits, Professor Latin has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, the University of California Law School at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Visiting Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Professor Latin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has served as a consultant on environmental law and product safety to several government agencies and public advocacy groups.
Web site: http://www.ecovitality.org
Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot
Succeed may be purchased from the publisher’s web site, ecovitality.org,
from www.amazon.com, and through all major booksellers.
Fort Worth, TX, December 8, 2011 – Vocal Trash is a unique troupe of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences nationwide with their exciting brand of entertainment. They have made guest appearances on Fox 21 in Colorado, on Good Morning Texas, and been featured in various newspaper articles.
2011 marks the tenth anniversary of this exciting, energetic group whose music is a mixture of pop, rock, swing and classic oldies that relates to all ages and crosses many cultural barriers. During this ten year period they have not only brought top rate, upbeat entertainment to audiences, but have used their music to make a positive influence on children by bringing awareness to our planet – quite a legacy to leave for future generations.
Their combination of traditional instruments together with a percussion section made of trash cans, metal objects, water bottles and other recycled items, makes a uniquely exciting presentation that teaches children to use their imagination in a meaningful and lasting way when it comes to recycling. By incorporating items that would normally end up in a landfill into their performance, they have created a powerful tool to reach young minds and made it fun!
Their energetic, high octane show is a hit at every venue - whether it’s Vegas, Madison Square Garden, State Fairs or corporate events. In demand nationwide, Vocal Trash plays to a full house at every performance. Audiences love their unique blend of first class singing, industrial style drumming, comedy antics, and award-winning break-dancing – described as “Glee with a kick!” “It’s an energy thing,” says creator Steve Linder. This may just well be an understatement. Unlike many shows, it is the entire troupe that makes this seamless ensemble performance such a thrilling and enlightening experience. Their whole performance is an astounding display of excellence, synchronization, excitement, precision and musicianship. When it comes to diversity Vocal Trash is, without a doubt, the ultimate variety show woven in urban tapestry. This talented team has been incorporating recycling into every show for years - long before “green” was cool. Part street performers, part recycling gurus, these entertaining personalities make upcycling and recycling fun for kids of all ages – and makes them one of the most positive role models in entertainment today. While not yet a household name, judging from their fan base it won’t take this Broadway-style stage show long to become one. Their show travels coast to coast, appearing at some of the country’s largest theaters, festivals and state fairs, and during their “off-season” they perform for major corporations like American Airlines. You might ask, “What does recycling have to do with a high energy variety show?” It starts with seven dedicated musicians, extensively trained in the performing arts, who like to get their point across by playing car parts, trash cans, lids, water bottles, barrels, pots, buckets and brooms. Their ‘point,’ featured in their song lyrics and their one-of-a-kind instruments constructed from recycled materials, is that this ‘green team’ is out to save the planet! Please read the amazing testimonials from clients, and check out this dynamic group on their website at: www.vocaltrash.net.
Dec 31 Pasco, WA New Year's Tri-Cities - Columbia Basin College
Danny Aguilar, Delaware State Fair: “If you want a high energy show, with standing room only crowds, Vocal Trash is the way to go. They have been a huge entertainment hit for our patrons and they demand Vocal Trash return each year…family entertainment at its best!”
Vicki Imperati, Rhinebeck Events & Marketing: “Vocal Trash continues to present a high energy and entertaining show to our fair going public. Without a doubt, one of our most sought after groups at the fair!”
Candus Barnum, The Puyallup Fair & Events Center: “Amazing vocals – high energy – entertaining for all ages – a must see!”
Lisa Maldonado, Keller PTA: “…a wonderfully energetic and educational assembly…you are such professional role models.”