Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out valuable wetlands.
White-tailed deer cause an estimated 50,000 car crashes in Virginia each year, do millions of dollars in damage to farm crops, trees and gardens.
Under ideal conditions, the deer population can double every year. The state counts on hunters to help keep the number of deer in check, and officials are now looking at other ways to promote healthy living with deer.
Pine forests were once common in this part of the world -- from New Jersey to Florida and west to Texas. It was a rich environment for a small and smart little woodpecker that is now endangered.
When settlers first arrived in what is now the American southeast, they found 90 million acres of mature pines – the perfect material for home and ship construction – and something that had to come down so the newcomers could farm. Today, only 3% of that ecosystem remains.