This Entire Mountain Now Has Guaranteed Protection After It Was Put Up for Sale By Private Owner

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSteve Carter / SWNSThis entire mountain will now be guaranteed protection in the future thanks to a charity that managed to collect £1.6 million in just eight weeks.Last week, the Woodland Trust Scotland announced their successful purchase of the 1,752-foot-tall Ben Shieldaig after it was put up for sale by a private landowner.The organization now plans to “begin the process of planting, protecting and regenerating” the mountain which stands next to Loch Torridon in the northwest highlands. The stunning peak is home to an ancient pinewood forest that can be traced back to the end of the last ice age, as well as a temperate rainforest of native birchwood.RELATED: California is Finally Drought-Free After 7 Years and They’re Being Rewarded With a Butterfly BoomThe huge mound is teeming with Scottish wildlife including sea eagles, golden eagles, red squirrel, pine marten, otter and the UK’s smallest dragonfly.“The public reaction to our appeal has been absolutely fantastic,” said Woodland Trust Scotland director Carol Evans. “A huge thank you is due to everyone who contributed.“This is a rare chance for us to bring a whole mountain under our care. It already supports a magnificent area of ancient Caledonian pinewood and a Scottish rainforest of native birchwood.Steve Carter / SWNS“Perhaps even more exciting is the potential to manage these within a mosaic of their natural neighbors. Our aim is to see native woodland, montane scrub and open moorland habitats meshing naturally with each other from sea to sky.“That would encapsulate all that a restored landscape can be, not just in Torridon but across the Highlands,” she added.LOOK: Park Rangers Delighted to Find Elephant Seals Reclaimed Beach During Government ShutdownThe mountain covers about 3,800 acres, set in the Torridon landscape in the Wester Ross National Scenic Area.It has views and walking routes from the summit towards Skye and the Outer Hebrides.Steve Carter / SWNSIt also contains some of the world’s rarest lichens, bryophytes and liverworts, and is home to the UK’s smallest dragonfly – the black darter.The Woodland Trust Scotland said it is now looking to raise £3.4 million ($4.5 million) to spend on management.“With your help we can use our expertise to manage the woodland, combining careful woodland creation with natural regeneration and effective deer management,” said the organization.Plant Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Four-way thriller in Iloilo nat’l invitational this April

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – Ilonggo basketball fans should brace for some serious contention as the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship is slated to pit collegiate big leagues from the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, Far Eastern University Tamaraws, and College of St. Benilde Blazers against our home-grown local pride in a four-day tourney this April.Set from April 28 to May 1, the invitational will bring some of the best cagers in the national arena to the Pototan Astrodome – and Ilonggos are in for some great news: Admission will be free!UP is arguably the team to beat as sportsman and event organizer Ruding Villaruz has confirmed that the Fighting Maroons will be bannered by the duo of UAAP Season 79 Mythical 5 member Paul Desiderio and 6-foot-7 Nigerian titan Bright Akhuetie.Desiderio and Akhuetie will be joined by brothers Javi “The Flash” Gomez de Liaño and the younger Juan, a UAAP Junior MVP – as well as Jan Jan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy.“With the addition of Bright, we have an answer to our five position problem. We can now battle the boards and execute our plays,” UP coach Bo Perasol told the organizer of the event. “This Iloilo league will bolster our confidence and improve our teamwork. I am also thankful to Governor [Arthur] Defensor Sr., Cong. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. and my good friend Ruding Villaruz for inviting us.”UAAP powerhouse FEU will be reinforced by cagers from the Toto Tia Ten Trucking squad, persistent leaders in the city’s local invitationals.Meanwhile, Ilonggos Edward Dixon and Yankee Haruna will be at the forefront of the De La Salle–College of St. Benilde Blazers’ conquest for supremacy.“This league will benefit us a lot since majority of my teammates are young and we have also new coaches, Coach Ty Tang and Charles Tiu,” shared Dixon, a product of the PAREF Westbridge School for Boys in Iloilo City. “I will show my best playing in my hometown [to] inspire my fellow Ilonggo athletes.”/PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ UP vs FEU vs CSB vs SKY Iloilo showdown in 4-day tilt’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Wednesday, March 8, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’×400.jpg’ attachment=’99053′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’14’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons shooting guard Paul Desiderio (18) rallies past the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in their UAAP Season 79 clash. Desiderio is set to bring his footwork to Iloilo this April for the four-day Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship. PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO[/av_image]last_img read more

Mike Jeffcoat Interview | April 3

first_imgPrint Friendly Version [email protected] breaks down our weekend against Shorter and we look forward to Montevallo tonight and Union on the road #GoArgoslast_img