Groups aim to save rare creatures

first_img“It’s not enough to try to restore species on public lands,” said Mary Root, coordinator for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. “We provide technical and financial assistance to owners who want to enhance or restore their property.” The program has worked with about 800 landowners in California, but so far none has been in the Antelope Valley. Root hopes to start such a local effort in the coming year. Jack Farley of the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department talked about the desert’s subtle beauty. “People come here and they think it’s just a chunk of land – it’s just desert. You have to educate them,” Farley said. “If you go out in the morning or in the evening, you can see wildlife. If you go out in the day, the animals are hiding because they are smart.” Wendy Reed, a director of the Antelope Valley Conservancy, highlighted simple things people can do to help habitat and wildlife, such as properly disposing of trash, keeping lids on trash cans to keep ravens away and staying on trails. Endangered Species Day, first observed last year, is aimed at educating the public about the importance of protecting rare, threatened and endangered animal and plant species. The event is also a chance to highlight efforts by organizations and individuals to protect wildlife, fish and plants. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We need more connectivity with other open spaces,” said Ron Krueper, district superintendent for the newly created Tehachapi district of the state Department of Parks and Recreation. “We have a commitment to connectivity so endangered species can move about us humans.” The Tehachapi district was established by the state in hopes of preserving wilderness and wildlife near the rapidly growing high desert and the San Joaquin Valley. It is hoped the new Lancaster-based district will help with planning issues, focusing on conservation. Edwards Air Force Base’s effort to protect young desert tortoises was among the programs highlighted at the event. Young tortoises are being kept in pens in an isolated area of the base to keep them away from predators, such as ravens, and allow them to mature. “Hopefully we can release them back into the population,” said base biologist Mark Hagan. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife highlighted a program aimed at partnering with private landowners to preserve natural areas. Fish and Wildlife estimates that 73 percent of the nation’s land is held under private ownership. LANCASTER – Protecting the desert wilderness and the species that call it home was the goal Friday as representatives of 16 organizations came together to recognize Endangered Species Day. In a gathering hosted by the Antelope Valley Conservancy at the Prime Desert Woodlands, members of nonprofit conservation groups and representatives from various government agencies gathered to highlight their efforts to protect open-space areas and rare species. The event touched on a number of issues, including protecting such endangered and threatened creatures as the desert tortoise, the Mohave ground squirrel and the mountain lion. One of the themes highlighted by the event was that open-space areas need to be linked in order to be more effective for survival of species. last_img read more

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Ambassador for possibility, Kgadi Mmanakana

first_imgYoung Kgadi Mmanakana, the possibilitarian from Ga-Matlala in Limpopo, has become one of our newest Play Your Part ambassadors. She joins a select group of people recognised for their ongoing work to make South Africa a better place for us all.Young, gifted and ambitious, Kgadi Mmanakana is making big waves in the worlds of business and philanthropy. (Image: Kgadi Mmanakana, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterSelf-proclaimed possibilitarian Kgadi Mmanakana from the small rural village of Ga-Ramalapa in Ga-Matlala, Limpopo, joined an inspiring group of people when she was selected to become a Play Your Part ambassador.Mmanakana grew up surrounded by abuse and violence, but despite this unfavourable environment she never let her circumstances keep her down.In her first year of high school she made a vow. “I am going to make sure that whatever choice I make in my life will take me to a point that I can come back and make a change in my family. And I want to make sure that I live my life as far away as possible from my comfort zone,” she promised herself.It was this oath, she says, that helped to keep her focused on greatness as she went on to become one of the top achievers at her school, unearthing her gift for the sciences. She received four distinctions in matric.Since making her pledge, Mmanakana has gone on to be defined as a philanthropist, as well as a business strategist and inspirational speaker.See Beyond The CloudsIn 2015, when she was just 19, Mmanakana started a non-profit organisation (NPO) to create a better environment for youngsters who were growing up in similar environments to what she had experienced. She named the organisation See Beyond the Clouds Foundation.Being the problem-solver she is, Mmanakana channelled this spirit into the organisation, identifying areas of need in communities, such as computer skills and business know-how.Her foundation focuses on developing ICT skills through computer training and improving access to higher learning through its career development programme, as well as equipping young people with business and entrepreneurship skills through its enterprise development programme.Young and ambitiousOther than the See Beyond the Clouds Foundation, Mmanakana has also launched Kgadi Mmanakana Consulting and Development Services (KMCDS), a strategy consulting company that designs ways to resolve organisational problems in businesses to improve their performance.Within a few weeks of opening, KMCDS has attracted clients from all over South Africa as well as from as far away as Kenya and Tanzania.Her qualities in the worlds of business and philanthropy, coupled with her resilience and refusal to let difficult circumstances get her down, make Mmanakana the perfect role model for all South Africans.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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The Entrepreneur’s Playbook: How Much Can You Take

first_imgThere are countless problems and challenges that an entrepreneur must face in the normal course of running a business. No matter how well you run your business, and no matter how well you try to mitigate these problems and challenges, there is no escaping them. Stuff happens.If you aren’t happy with the problems and challenges that occur in the normal course of business, your unhappiness will grow as your business grows. Problems grow larger, and they grow in number.You are going to experience periods of slow growth, and potentially financial losses. Some of these challenges will be caused by mistakes and miscalculations you have made as an entrepreneur and leader. Some of the challenges and problems you experience will be caused by factors outside of your control. You do not have to like slow growth or losses, but these are normal occurrences in business.You are going to experience customers who do not value you as a business partner, and in the worst case, as a human being. They will work inside companies with dominator hierarchies, and they will treat you poorly. This will occur in the normal course of business, and all that will be left for you to decide is if you are willing and able to fire your nightmare client.You will have key employees become disgruntled and leave. You will have other key employees poached by your competitors. Occasionally, you will have an employee that believes they can run a better business than you can, and that employee will leave and start a company doing exactly what you taught them to do.You will have competitors steal some of your best clients. In some cases, you will have become complacent and neglected the client, essentially driving them into your competitor’s arms. In other cases, your competitors will make promises that you can’t keep, and promises they can’t keep. But they will win the business nonetheless, no matter whether or it is fair.At some point, you are likely to have an employee you trusted steal money. You are also likely to have a lawsuit or two. You are absolutely going to have to pay more taxes than you would like to pay. You are also going to comply with government mandates with which you do not agree.You never have to feel good about any of these things. They are not pleasant occurrences, and they never feel good. That said, you should not be overly upset, discouraged, or defeated by the things that occur in the normal course of running any business.The growth of your business is limited by how much you are willing to deal with complicated business problems, issues, and challenges, without becoming overly emotional, and without giving up. These are all choices that we all make on a regular basis in business.  Do we choose to continue, despite the challenges we have no control over, or do we give up? Success often hinges upon how much we can take.last_img read more

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