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20 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 Prime Hook goes international, hosting delegation from Taiwan By Michael Short boat. And they joked about their visit to For several houri on July 5, Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge took on an international flair. A delegation from Taiwan visited Prime Hook to learn about refuge'management in the hopes of learning how to better handle the fledgling wildlife refuge system on the Pacific island nation. Taiwan's wildlife refuge system is per- haps five years old. So, the delegation of professors and gov- ernment officials toured the refuge by air boat, banded wood ducks, learned about hunting, bat nesting boxes, and controlling phragmites. They watched biologist Annie Larsen, a born teacher, imitate snow geese tearing up the marsh and scattering seeds to help young marsh plants grow in the fresh- water marsh. They saw ospreys flying overhead and watched river otters dive underneath the air Rehoboth officials As of earlier this week, only five of the hundreds of businesses located in downtown Rehoboth Beach have applied for free park- ing permits for the state-operated park and ride lot on the outskirts Drugs Continued from page 19 "One big concern about in- haJants is that they are. very dan- gerous. When things are inhaled, they can be picked up very rapidly into the pulmonary system, and that can be taken to the brain quite rapidly," said Cordrey. Other dangers, she said, include some substances leading to de- - pressed respiration or increased heart rate, but it is the unknown that poses the biggest threat, she said. "Kids don't think about what else is in there," said Cor- drey. Substances in inhalants are not always clearly labeled. Even ' if they were, Cordrey noted, the odds are slim that students would know what the ingredients are or how they might impact the human body. Tobacco products and mari- juana, for example, allow for in- creased carbon monoxide, which decreases they oxygen carrying ability in the blood stream. "And marijuana use appears to be up," said Cordrey. The students may disregard the risk, she said, be- cause they may have the percep- tion that it was commonly used by people in the 1960s, but those users, now the adults of the 1990s do not appear to have suffered any long term damage. "They say, 'those people did it, and they seem to be ok,'" said Cordrey. That's a serious misconception she explained. The nature of the drug has changed drastically since the 1960s. "Marijuana in the 1960s had a much, much lower THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] con- tent," she said. Ten years ago, a report was issued that said a typi- cal marijuana cigarette in the 1960s contained .04 percent THC, but in the 1980s it had from four to eight percent, she said. It's probably at least that in this Route 1 outlets before they returned to Washington D.C. It was part of a visit to several other wildlife refuges on the East Coast and the delegation appeared impr6ssed. Hsiao-Wei Yuan, a professor with the Department of Forestry at National Taiwan University, said "we feel very welcomed... It was a very great trip." Yuan acted as translator for the group which had also visited refuges in Cape May, Patuxent, Chincoteague and Brigan- tine, N. J. One idea which seemed to gain favor with the Taiwan visitors was intensive man- agemefit of refuges. Larsen and Prime Hook Refuge Assistant Manager George O'Shea discussed Prime Hook at length and said the refuge is active- ly managed. That management includes spraying urge merchants to of town since the city kicked off its program on June 30. The five particular businesses received the limit of 25 nontrans- ferable permits to be affixed to the windshield; however, the list of decade. "Is it the same marijuana? No," said Cordrey. "That makes it a different breed." According to the study, "Monthly marijuana use in- creased markedly from 1992 to 1995 for both eleventh and eighth graders; the significant jump for eleventh graders was between 1992 and 1993 and for eight graders between 1994 and 1995. "However, 1996 estimates for past month marijuana use were the same as 1995o" Past year use, however, is slightly up for eleventh graders and remains the same for eighth graders. Although used on a smaller scale, heroin presents the same problem as the marijuana. Years ago the drug was "cut" with a va- riety of substances, such as baking soda or other non-drug s'ub- stances. Today's heroin is sold in a much purer form, making over- doses more common. The survey showed other alarm- ing trends, she said. "When it comes to alcohol, and in some cases smokeless tobacco, the boys in the survey tended to perceive it was less harmful than the girls did," said Cordrey. The UD study also showed that as they aged, the gap widened. "Monthly alcohol use for eleventh graders seems to have stabilized, but at a high rate - around 45 percent of eleventh graders; monthly alcohol use for eighth graders showed an upward trend in 1994 and 1995, but de- creased significantly in 1996 from 33 percent to 29 percent. "Monthly cigarette use went up significantly between 1993 and 1994 for both eleventh and eighth graders, but monthly use has not changed significantly since 1994 for either eighth or eleventh graders." Cordrey said she expects it will take a fairly significant amount of time for the trends to change for the better. phragmites, building nesting boxes for : ducks and essentially "farming" the marsh for waterfowl and for a wide diversity of plants. They noted that leaving the area alone had produced little except phragmites grasses and less than 5,000 waterfowl. Intense management produced a,diversity of plant species and nearly 200,000 ducks and geese. In fact, control of the phragmites which offers cover, but virtually no food value to wildlife, is considered a significant success story, according to Latsen and O'Shea. "We don't manage in terms of habitat. So we learn a lot. Here, yoii have very diverse plants and that is something we can do in Taiwan," Yuan said. "A lot of times people think you manage by preserving and then. leaving alone," Larsen said. "I think'we all think particularly in Tai- Wan, we need management," Yuan said. use eligible employees can be revised during the summer as the seasonal employee roster changes. "The process is simple and it's not too late to participate," said Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese. The park and ride attendant will record the employee's permit number each time he or she uses this service. 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