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British Columbia Big Tree Registry

“The BC BigTree Field Package contains printable information on nominating and measuring trees and also includes a field nomination form that you can take into the field. Download the BC BigTree Field Package before you embark on your tree finding adventures!”

“The University of British Columbia - Mandate: To identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of each species within British Columbia, and to educate and enlist the help of its citizens in this task. History: The original registry of big trees in BC was initiated by Randy Stoltmann.  Many of the registry records are published in his book Guide to the Record Trees of British Columbia (Stoltmann 1993).  The registry was established in 1986 by the B.C. Forestry Association, which became Forest Education B.C. and most recently FORED BC.  Randy Stoltmann died in a tragic ski-mountaineering accident in May of 1994.  FORED BC stopped maintaining the register after Randy’s death and sadly the registry files and all the maps and the photographs went missing.  Shortly before his death, Randy copied most of the registry records into a report for the B.C. Conservation Data Centre (CDC).  Using these records, the CDC became the new custodian of the registry until 2009, when it was transferred to the Ministry of Forests and Range.  In the Fall of 2010, the BC BigTree Registry found its final home in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.”


Journal of Electronic Publishing – Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value

Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users Volume 17, No. 3: Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value: Alternative and Otherwise Title Author(s) Editor’s Note [17.3] Bonn, Maria The Imperative for Open Altmetrics Konkiel, Stacy; Piwowar, Heather; Priem, Jason Measuring OpennessContinue Reading

The Middle-Class Squeeze – Report

Jennifer Erickson | September 24, 2014, Center for American Progress “The American middle class is in trouble. The middle-class share of national income has fallen, middle-class wages are stagnant, and the middle class in the United States is no longer the world’s wealthiest. But income is only one side of the story. The cost of being in the middleContinue Reading

College Enrollment Declines for Second Year in a Row

“College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude has occurred. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the CurrentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – IGs, International Labor Grants, Special Education

INSPECTORS GENERAL: DHS OIG’s Structure, Policies, and Procedures Are Consistent with Standards, but Areas for Improvement Exist, GAO-14-726: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. INTERNATIONAL LABOR GRANTS: DOL’s Use of Financial and Performance Monitoring Tools Needs to Be Strengthened, GAO-14-832: Published: Sep 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2014. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Improved Performance Measures Could Enhance OversightContinue Reading

Academic Skills on Web Are Tied to Income Level – Report

Motoko Rich: “Wealthier students tend to perform better on tests of reading comprehension than their poorer peers, a longstanding trend that has been documented amply. But with the Internet having become an indispensable part of daily life, a new study shows that a separate gap has emerged, with lower-income students again lagging more affluent students inContinue Reading

UNESCO Database on the Right to Education

UNESCO Database: “The library contains about 1,000 documents including: Member States’ constitutions, laws, decrees as well as educational programmes and plans. You can search the library by selecting a country region, type of document and/or language.”

New on – How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives

Via – How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives – Journalist and SF/fantasy novelist Bertel King, Jr. talks about effective methods and programs to engage young people in the enjoyment and value of reading as soon and as often as possible. He discusses how removing as many roadblocksContinue Reading

New on LLRX – How to read e-books on a $20 cell phone: Tips for the cash-strapped and plain adventurous

Via - How to read e-books on a $20 cell phone: Tips for the cash-strapped and plain adventurous:  The LG Optimus Dynamic Android Phone, aka the LG 38c or the LGL38C, is a smartphone that David Rothman bought new on Amazon for $20, excluding shipping. Rothman calls out the importance of this device in relationship to itsContinue Reading

Domestic Abuse / Violence – Get Help Inbox x

“Domestic abuse and violence have been front-page news lately, and a topic of discussion throughout the country. The US Department of Justice defines domestic violence as, “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” It can be: Physical Sexual Emotional Economic PsychologicalContinue Reading

The New Climate Economy Report 2014

Better Growth Better Economy - The New Climate Economy - The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate - The Synthesis Report “All over the world, people want to achieve better lives for themselves and for their children. Governments want to secure economic growth, improve living standards, create jobs and reduce poverty. Businesses want to expand and becomeContinue Reading

NOAA, UNC-Wilmington study finds warming Atlantic ocean temps could increase expansion of invasive native species

News release: “Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The findings, reported forContinue Reading