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Ireland’s Big Rewilding Project First of its Kind in Western Europe – October 16, 2013

Wild Nephin project aims to create 27,000 acres of unique wilderness landscape

The Nephin Beg mountain range rises on Ireland's western coast and stretches 20 miles into the sparsely populated northwest of County Mayo. This is a landscape of boglands and heath-covered mountains, battered by Atlantic winds and rain. The only forests here are stands of Lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce, planted in an attempt to wrestle economic gain from the unproductive soil.

Mayo County, IrelandPhoto by Anthony HickeyIreland has designated 27,000 acres of bog, mountain, and forest land in Mayo County as the country's first wilderness area.

On a long coastline of wet, weather-beaten hills, the Nephin Begs aren't unique. But they form one of the… more

by: Lenny Antonelli

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Plans for Massive Salmon Farm in Ireland’s Galway Bay Run Into Troubled Waters – May 1, 2013

Environmentalists and local fishermen concerned that sea lice from farm will harm wild salmon and trout populations

Controversy surrounds plans for a huge offshore salmon farm near the Aran Islands — a set of three islands at the mouth of the Galway Bay, off Ireland's west coast.

Aran IslandsPhoto by Ivar Husevåg Døskeland/Flickr
A cliff on the largest of the Aran Islands:  Inis Mór. Critics of the proposed fish farm worry that the industrial scale of the development could hamper tourism, on which the Aran Islands are heavily dependent.

The project's backers say the over 1,000-acre farm will bring jobs to coastal communities, while helping to meet demand for salmon in a sustainable manner. But critics claim it threatens wild fish populations.

The… more

by: Lenny Antonelli

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