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Center Parcs Retains Biodiversity Benchmark

Center Parcs was the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for all its sites in 2009 and has achieved this accreditation again this year. Following rigorous audits at all 4 UK sites, the Biodiversity Benchmark was presented to Center Parcs in recognition of its continual efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment at its four holiday villages across the UK.

Center Parcs is the leader in the UK short break holiday market and its success is a unique example of how the commercial needs of an organisation can be satisfied in harmony with the needs of the natural environment.

The pioneering Biodiversity Benchmark enables organisations across the country to assess the quality of their land management, improve their contribution to the environment and demonstrate their commitment to biodiversity. Similar to other standards for management systems, the Biodiversity Benchmark is composed of a set of detailed requirements which an organisation must be able to meet. Furthermore, it is the first truly recognised endorsement to acknowledge organisations who continually commit to biodiversity improvement.

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International Masters Publishers, On Behalf Of Wildlife Explorer, Has Made A Donation To Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

Reflecting its strong commitment to providing valuable information about wildlife and wildlife conservation efforts, International Masters Publishers, Inc. (IMP) recently announced its support for wildlife conservation and education programs. IMP has made a generous donation to the Missouri-based Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary.

Crown Ridge was founded in 2004 by Joe Scott Sr. with the mission of providing a safe and caring environment for exotic cats. Through both on-site and off-site presentations, tours, youth programs, and its website, Crown Ridge seeks to educate the public about the importance of habitat conservation and wildlife preservation.

“We are extremely proud to lend our support to an organization that shares the same values that we promote through our Wildlife Explorer® collection”, says Divanna Gilleaudeau, IMP spokesperson, “Our goal, which we share with Crown Ridge, is to educate young and old alike about the world’s most fascinating creatures and in doing so, remind us all to respect and protect the wildlife we live with.”

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New MapGuide By The National Geographic Society Council To Capture The History And Heritage Of The Sierra Nevada Region

The National Geographic Society has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Sierra Business Council to capture the history and heritage of the Sierra Nevada Region in order to create an interactive Web site and print map. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project seeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a world-class destination, while contributing to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism. History buffs and adventurers, backpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best — residents of the Sierra Nevada.

Sierra residents and visitors, community organizations, tourism stakeholders and local businesses will nominate sites for potential inclusion in a print MapGuide and interactive Web site. Unlike any other mapping project, a favorite local restaurant, farm, winery, hiking or biking trail, swimming hole, museum or artist gallery are samples of the type of nominations National Geographic and its project partners will be seeking. The Web site will target a variety of growing travel niches — adventure and nature tourism, cultural heritage travel and agritourism – and allow for residents to select the one-of-a-kind places integral to a distinctive character of place.

“The breadth of the beauty in the Sierra Nevada is tremendously unique. Lassen National Park, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are incredible jewels in this 400-mile-long region,” said Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council.

“The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project is the perfect synthesis between economic outreach to culturally rich communities and respect for the planet,” he added.

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism helps travelers to tread lightly and enjoy a locale’s sense of place.

“An inherent benefit of geotourism is connecting diverse interests under a common goal,” said Jim Dion, Associate Director of National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations. “The design of the MapGuide process, specifically in forming a regional stewardship council, encourages and builds mutually beneficial partnerships.”

A Geotourism Council will oversee the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project. Working with the National Geographic Society, the Geo Council will:

1. Encourage community participation in the collection of nominations for the geotourism Web site and MapGuide during the three-month nomination period.

2. Review the nominations and identify themes for the project; work with National Geographic on the writing, editing, fact-checking and design of the Web site and print MapGuide.

3. Develop a marketing plan for the site; oversee the MapGuide’s distribution and contribute fresh material to the Web site; and encourage long-term stewardship of the Sierra’s natural, historic and cultural assets.

Nominations begin in the Yosemite Gateway region at the August 19 press event, with the initial Web site slated to launch January 2010 and completion of the Web site covering the entire range slated for November 2010.

The National Geographic Society has worked with community-based alliances to develop similar Geotourism MapGuides in several other regions around the world. MapGuide projects have been completed in Greater Yellowstone, the Central Cascades (Oregon, Washington), the Crown of the Continent (Alberta, British Columbia, Montana), Guatemala, Montreal, Sonoran Desert (Arizona, Sonora), Romania, Norway, Honduras, Peru, Baja California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Appalachia.

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A New Online Bird Watching Community Reaches For The Sky

ChatterBirds.com is a new online community designed and developed to provide birdwatchers with tools to help share their passion for birds. Bringing people closer together in an innovative style, chatterbirds.com enhances the hobby of bird watching in a dynamic, informative and interactive fashion unique to an online birding resource.

The community offers tools to support the challenges of bird watching, such as the ‘bird identifier’ for confirming species sightings, or the ‘locate species’ function – a search function for species sightings in your part of the world. Other features allow members to store and share images, search a database of birding hotspots, keep an online bird diary, join groups and share birding activities.

In the current global climate where many people may be feeling the pinch, the prospect of spending money on joining fees for a website fees may raise a few eyebrows, but as the chatterBirds community is free to use that makes the decision to join an easy one. With no registration fees, easy to use features and open to anyone with access to the internet, one of the world’s fastest growing hobbies now has its own vibrant, interactive community.

Bird watching is a hobby available to everyone. No matter where you are based, or what your physical ability chatterBirds.com offers every user a sense of involvement.

From the millions of people spending hours each year watching birds in their backyards, to the more experienced twitchers forever chasing that illusive tick for their bird lists, the chatterBirds community provides a meeting point for everyone to interact regardless of level of experience or what part of the world you live in.

So for anyone out there with an interest in birds and nature, or those simply looking to learn more or find a new hobby, the chatterBirds.com community provides the perfect one-stop online resource to enhance your bird watching enjoyment and experience.

 

About chatterBirds.com
ChatterBirds.com founded by entrepreneurs Paul Searle and Zak Jacobs in Cambridge, UK. The unique free online community for birdwatchers is set to be the world’s most dynamic interactive bird watching resource. The community begins the official launch from 1st June 2009 and already has over 300 registered birdwatchers that have taken part during the development and testing phase.

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Welcome to EPR Environment News

EPR Environment News is a new blog, part of EPR Network, that is going to be focused on and will be covering the environment news and stories from press releases published on EPR Network.

EPR Network (EPR stands for express press release) is one of the nation’s largest press release distribution networks on Web. The EPR’s nationwide network includes 12 State based PR sites, one major PR forum and a number of industry specific PR blogs and what started as a hobby on Internet years ago turned out to be a rapidly growing business today. EPR Network is also known as one of the most trusted (human optimized, published, edited and monitored, spam/scam/low quality PR content free) PR sites on the web with more than 10,000 company and individual press releases distributed per month. EPR Network is putting your press releases on top of all major search engines’ results and is reaching thousands of individuals, companies, PR specialists, media professionals, bloggers and journalists every day.

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