GARDENING SEASON IS COMING

March 29, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

Gardening season is upon us. Gardens yield tasty and healthful produce three out of four seasons a year. Examples of the many types of produce you can grow in your home or community garden include: fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lima beans, green beans, watermelons, pumpkins, cantaloupes, peppers, carrots, squash, zucchini, broccoli, herbs, as well as ornamental plantings including sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds.

How much will a garden cost? The annual cost to maintain a garden is approximately $100-$200. This includes costs for seed, fertilizer, and crop protection products. But the fresh produce yielded from gardens help to offset grocery costs and help increase overall savings on money that would otherwise be .........

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BE A POWER SAVER

March 19, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

Turning on lights in our homes is as easy as flipping a switch. We do it all the time. But do you ever wonder where the electricity comes from?

It all starts at a power plant. It might be hundreds of miles away from your light switch. A power plant makes electricity. There are different kinds of power plants, and they make electricity in different ways. Many of them are coal power plants and natural gas power plants. They burn fuel and use the heat to run a machine that makes electricity for us to use. The electricity travels in power lines to get to our homes. Then we can use the electricity to turn on the lights, watch television, keep food cold in the refrigerator, heat up water for bathing, or turn on the air conditioner.

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AMERICAN WILDLANDS DOUSED IN HERBICIDES

March 11, 2017 @ 9:22 AM

Researchers are giving the public its first look at the widespread use of herbicides on federal and tribal land in North America, and they urge land managers to better document it.

Herbicides originally were developed to suppress weeds in crop agriculture. Today, they also are widely used in natural areas or “wildlands” to control non-native plants, which have arrived from other regions and can cause considerable ecological and economic harm.

While the magnitude of herbicide usage is well-documented for croplands, this new study is the first to reveal the amount of herbicides sprayed on wildlands.

More than 1.2 million acres of U.S. federal and tribal wildlands were sprayed with about 200 tons of herbicide in 2010, according .........

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LOGGING: CUTTING DOWN WILDLIFE HABITATS

March 7, 2017 @ 9:10 AM

Forests are vital for the health and well-being of humans, wildlife, and the Earth. They provide habitat for about two-thirds of all land-dwelling animals and plants. Around the world, these critical ecosystems are being ripped apart as a result of a booming demand for furniture, flooring, lumber, and other building materials. Trees are used to make paper, packaging materials, pencils, fuel for cooking and heat, and other wood-based products. In addition to wood products, logging is also occurring at an alarming rate to make room for animal agriculture and subsistence farming, oil and gas extraction, mining operations, and ever-increasing development. The world's natural forests cannot sustain the increasing global ......

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REDUCE TOXIC CHEMICALS

March 2, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

Over 87,000 man-made chemicals are currently in use--virtually all have not been tested for threats to wildlife and humans.

  • Buy products that say "biodegradable" and "non-toxic" on the label
  • Use natural alternative to pestisides
  • Don't use chlorine bleach
  • Avoid products with EDTA, NTA, phosphates, sodium hypochlorite or chlorine bleach
  • Use rechargeable or mercury-free batteries
  • Plant disease and pest-resistant plants in your garden
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning and hygiene products
  • Use compost and mulch to improve your soil instead of pesticides and fertilizers
  • Use only lawn companies that use ecologically sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
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