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Friday, July 25, 2014
Oh boy, is kudzu invasive. The weed has been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina and is creeping northward into Ohio, Illinois and even jumping Lake Erie to establish a beachhead in Ontario, Canada. The invasive plant costs property owners in the United States about $50 million per year in...
Friday, July 25, 2014
The North American Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.  Reaching more than 500,000 students across North America annually, the Envirothon succeeds in its mission to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work towards...
Friday, July 25, 2014
The Association of Conservation Information (ACI) recently awarded the Missouri Department of Conservation four national communication awards for their Trees Work communications campaign. The 2014 awards are:   Communications Campaign – First Place – Trees Work Posters – First Place – Trees Work One-time...
Friday, July 25, 2014
If you're a landowner with pines in Washington state, there is now an additional species of pine bark beetle that may pose significant concern to your trees. The California Fivespined Ips is a new pest on the scene and is showing up in the wildland-urban interface [PDF] of southern Washington state. The beetle favors the...
Friday, July 25, 2014
To help feed and shelter migratory birds, a group of migrant women and their children participate in the Patterson Park Audubon Center's Bird Ambassadors program.   The goal is to provide a stopover for neotropical birds migrating from the East Coast to Mexico and Central America for the winter.   "If you think...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Christmas in July? Michigan Christmas tree growers are competing for the honor of supplying the official White House Christmas tree this year. The tree has to be exactly 18-1/2 feet tall. Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees with more than 38-thousand acres dedicated to raising the special crop. A...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Many animals and other organisms have evolved to cope with—and even thrive in the wake of—the flames.   "Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire", ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan of Ohio State University told National Geographic. "Fire is a natural part of these landscapes."   For instance, some...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Florida's aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape. The trees for both projects will come from the city’s tree fund, which businesses and...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Plant biologist Gerald Tuskan of Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying lignin, a fibrous polymer that helps strengthen plant cell walls. With a tensile strength greater than steel, carbon fiber made from lignin has countless uses. "We can melt it and spin it into carbon fibers," Tuskan said. "Depending on what your...
Friday, July 18, 2014
For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, a team lead by the University of Tennessee was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000.   The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure...

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