From Phil and Linda Nuechterlein, Eagle River, Alaska
See Anchorage Daily News video and article links below. The actual printed newspaper article headline says “Pack llamas get OK after proposed ban in Alaska national parks – Fear of disease transmission to wild animals appears to be unfounded” and “Llamas: Nuechterleins and their pack animals can continue to traverse park”
Our sincere thanks to all of you that commented and assisted us with overcoming this proposed llama ban. This could not have been accomplished without all your support from the lower 48. Very few comments came in from Alaska because there are so few of us up here that pack with llamas. NPS was quite surprised by the quantity and quality of the comments that they received from the lower 48.
Special thanks to Scott Woodruff (Lander Llamas) and Stan Ebel (Buckhorn Llamas) who were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Long time llama owner and former president of both LANA and ILA, Dan Milton, has published his first novel. It’s available at Amazon (www.Amazon.com/DP/150863470x).
Dan and Marilyn Milton retired from raising llamas several years ago. They were very active in the showing and auction communities. Their breeding program at Highland Llamas, in Oregon, was well-respected for producing top quality show animals that were sought after at the National auctions.
To learn more about Dan and his novel “Roll Over and Play Dead” by visiting his website www.danmilton.com
submitted by Sheila Fugina
Llama manure is being used to treat run-off from a tin and silver mine that pollutes the main water supply for La Paz, Bolivia. According to National Geographic Today, researchers have been developing a low-cost way to neutralize the acidic, metal-laden water by filtering it through llama droppings.
In a pilot study the scientists used llama beans to treat run-off from the Milluni mine, a tin and silver mine that has killed organisms in an alpine lake and also polluted the La Paz water supply. Their low-tech “bioreactor” system harnesses microbes living in the manure to neutralize the acidic water and remove most of the dissolved metals.
After successfully testing a dung-based filtration system in the United Kingdom using cattle and horse manure, researchers tried the method in Bolivia using llama manure. When the mine water is filtered through ponds and lagoons filled with the manure, the acidity of the water changes from something equivalent to vinegar to a neutral state close to that of drinking water. The treated water was almost neutralized and the level of many of the metals were reduced to quantities declared safe by the World Health Organization.
Funding is now being sought to implement creation of large-scale bioreactors to treat the water from the Milluni mine.
See the full National Geographic News article.