Friday, January 20, 2017

Fire a Force That Knows No Bounds, Says Phillip Elden

According to wildlife and forest conservationist Phillip Elden, the best way to prevent forest fires is to thin the land with controlled combustions. Though it may seem counterproductive, organized burning practices not only eliminate fuel for wildfires, but also makes the forest healthier from the ground up.

It is not enough, however, to simply treat Forest Service land, says Phillip Elden. Private land and other public acreage must be thinned as well. It is only with cross-boundary work that the most widespread forest fires can be contained or prevented.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Phillip Elden: Olympia Unshelled

Oregon’s native oyster, the Olympia, was nearly devoured into extinction by 1915. Today, in spite of a waning population, a group of conservation enthusiasts who prize the quarter-sized mollusk’s meat are working to ensure this regional flavor isn’t washed away forever. According to Phillip Elden, unfortunately, oceanic acidification is hampering the process.

The Olympia first came into fashion in the 1800s when California’s Gold Rush brought scores of hungry workers to the San Francisco area. Phillip Elden explains that it did not take long for the shores of the West Coast to be depleted of what was formerly one of its most abundant native lifeforms. The Olympia oyster has been all but replaced by the Pacific oyster, which is native to Asia, in restaurants up and down the Western seaboard.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tips from Phillip Elden on Reducing Environmental Footprints

The concept of going green is a hot topic in the media. But, what does it really mean and why is it important? According to conservationist Phillip Elden, adopting greener practices is safer for the body, home, and environment.

Eat locally

Some of the most profound negative impacts on the environment are directly related to agriculture. Phillip Elden explains that mass farming practices and excessive preservation methods have depleted the nutritional value of most conventionally sourced food products. For instance, studies have found that organically-derived milk contains greater than 65% more omega-3 fatty acids than “regular” milk. Buying fresh, local foods also helps to stimulate the local economy and reduces reliance on cross country transportation, which in itself is a detriment to the environment.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Going Green with Phillip Elden

Environmental stewardship not only helps conserve resources for the next generation, says Phillip Elden, it also offers a host of benefits that will make your neighbors green with envy. In the following Q&A, Elden discusses the most compelling arguments for joining the eco-revolution.

Q: What is likely to have the most impact on the environment?

Phillip Elden: The construction industry is in a position to help conserve resources for the next generation. Consider this–nearly 40% of energy expended is directly related to structural use and buildings in the United States consume nearly 15% of all potable water. The construction industry uses 3 billion tons of raw materials every year, much of which could be substituted with recycled materials.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Phillip Elden Discusses the Shifting Moose Population

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Moose in North America seem to conveniently pick and choose where they want to live. And at 1800 pounds each, not many mammals will argue. However, as wildlife conservation expert Phillip Elden explains in the following brief conversation, moose may have unavoidable reasons for their migration and decline.

Q: Where are moose most common?

Phillip Elden: In North America, moose are found throughout Canada (with the exception of the Arctic and Vancouver Island), in the Rocky Mountains, New England, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and around Lake Superior.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phillip Elden: Monarch Queen of the Butterflies

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The Monarch butterfly is perhaps one of the most iconic insects on Earth, says wildlife expert Phillip Elden. However, these beautiful signals of summer are dwindling at an alarming rate. Here, Elden answers common questions about the Monarch.

Q: Where do Monarch butterflies live?

Phillip Elden: The Monarch is common in 49 US states – Alaska the only exclusion. It is also widespread throughout South America and along the coasts of Australia. Interestingly, the North American Monarch makes the longest migration of any butterfly we know of, traveling up to 3,000 miles at the onset of cold weather to finish out the winter, and its life, in California and Mexico. Returning butterflies are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those whom made the trip the previous year.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Phillip Elden Discusses Wolf Biology and Identification

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The wolf population has begun to bounce back in Oregon after being nearly eradicated in the 1990s. In this brief but informative commentary, animal rights advocate and conservationist Phillip Elden clarifies misinformation regarding wolves.

Q: Are all wolves gray?

Phillip Elden: Actually, only about half of the population of wolves develop fur in the grey family. It is not uncommon for wolves to be black, white, tawny, or even a combination of these colors. Pups are born with black spots on their tails which fade with age.

Q: Is it true that wolves remain in the same area year after year?

Phillip Elden: Wolves are territorial creatures and will typically only migrate long distances when there is no food available. However, researchers have found that wolf packs actually change their territory size and boundaries as necessary to ensure ample food supplies (deer, elk, and other mammals), reduce tension with other packs, and maintain a steady disbursement of pack members.