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via Facebook/Lake Naconiche
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You Get a Line and I’ll Get a Pole…..

And we'll go fishin' in a new fishin' hole.  Now it's not as if we don't already have plenty of places to fish in these parts, but you may be interested to know that a brand new lake is almost ready to be opened for fishing.  It's Lake Naconiche in northeastern Nacogdoches County, and Texas Parks and Wildlife fisheries experts have just finished stocking it with a huge supply of Florida bass.

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via Flickr/billjacobus1
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USA Leads World in Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

It's true.  The United States is constantly vilified for being a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, for stone-walling international climate treaties like the Kyoto Protocol, and of being the source of most of the skepticism over climate change.  All three charges are true in varying degrees.

Even so, care to guess which country has had the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions since 2006, a year after the controversial Kyoto Protocol went into effect?

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via Erich Schlegel, Getty Images
via Erich Schlegel, Getty Images
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Forest Service Urges Us To Report Arson Wildfires

Heading into the long Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial start of another hot and dry summer — the Texas Forest Service is begging us to be careful with cookouts, campfires and any outdoor burning.

TFS also wants people to be especially watchful for arsonists deliberately starting fires and report them to law enforcement.

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via Flickr/ShaunW (shandys_preston)
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Indian State Declares Open Season on Poachers

A state in western India is so disgusted with tiger poachers that it has declared open season on them.  The government of the state of Maharashtra is allowing state forest guards to shoot illegal hunters on sight -- in an effort to put a stop to the rampant killing of protected wildlife, especially the dwindling population of tigers.

To make this legal, this government simply declared that killing or injuring suspected poachers is not a crime anymore.

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via US Geological Survey
via US Geological Survey
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Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Earthquakes?

Two relatively minor low magnitude earthquakes have struck the area between Nacogdoches and Center in the past two weeks.  Nobody was hurt, and no major property damage has been reported, but a number of businesses and homes have minor to serious structural or interior damage.

Now people in that area are asking:  "Does my homeowner's insurance cover this?"  The short answer, sad to say, is no it doesn't.

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via Flickr/bradleygee
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Forest Service Surveys Drought Destruction

The Texas Forest Service has estimated that last year's drought killed hundreds of millions of trees, but those are only educated guesses.  Now the agency is launching a more scientific survey that will provide a much more accurate picture of the destruction the drought left behind.

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via Flickr/tarsandsaction
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TransCanada Reapplies for Oil Pipeline

The Canadian oil company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. has submitted a new application for the project, after changing the route to avoid environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska.

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via Flickr/Candy Man
via Flickr/Candy Man
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Monster Size Catfish No Danger to Ecosystem

Because of the wettest winter and spring in years, east Texas lakes are at last back to their normal levels in most areas. "Full Pond", as state hydrologists say.  That means the fishing is better than it's been in years, and the State Parks and Wildlife Department is busy restocking the public lakes and waterways with all kinds of fish, including catfish. BIG catfish.

Officials recently released more than three dozen monster size blue catfish weighing 40 to 90 pounds into Lake Livingston, and they say there's no reason for concern about what the fish might to the fish populations or the ecosystems in the lake or downstream in the Trinity River.

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