Nature & Environment
Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Bamboo is frequently touted as one of the best green options. Here are the pros and cons, and what certification organizations say about its sustainability.

Home Solar Hot Water Heating

With the proper panels, collectors, and system type, a solar hot water heater will benefit the planet and your wallet.

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Essential Reading

Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

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SAVING SEEDS AS IF OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT

Author Dan Jason urges folks to partake in the responsibility and the joy of saving seeds in this book, which is divided into four parts:

  • A personal overview of how seed affairs have gotten to be what they are. This section is an encapsulation of Jason’s 20 years of observing the seed world while participating in it as the founder of a mail order seed company.
  • Jason’s thoughts about seeds and the background experiences that led to those ideas. This section will excite you to the possibilities of what might be in store for you if you take The Seedy Road.
  • A beginner's guide to saving seeds. Saving seeds is simple, easy and straightforward.
  • The revitalization of seeds: a social movement. Beyond actually growing seeds, there are many ways to participate effectively in the preservation of our seed heritage.

$12.00

METALWORKING

With more than 2,000 black–and–white illustrations and clear, practical instructions given by expert handyman and blacksmith Paul N. Hasluck, Metalworking offers everything you need to know to turn a chunk of metal into a useful and well–crafted product.

From building a blast furnace and polishing metals to forging iron and steel and spinning metals on a lathe, this comprehensive guidebook includes the tools, materials, and processes that are fundamental to the art of metalworking. Included here is information on working sheet metals, gold, and silver; building a dynamo and electric motor; making a vertical steam engine; and more!

This ultimate, do–it–yourself guide to metalworking is ideal for all handymen and women, do–it–yourself–types, and industry professionals —amateur and seasoned alike!

$17.95

QUILT RACK E-PLAN

  • Size - 25 1/2" x 9 1/4" x 32"
  • Classic quilt rack fits any decor
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

This classic quilt rack fits right in with any type of décor. Finished product size: 25.5-by-9.25-by-32 inches.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

3-CAR GARAGE WITH BONUS ROOMS E-PLAN

  • 967 Total Square Feet
  • 1st Floor 403
  • 2nd Floor 564
  • Width: 32'-8" Depth: 34'-4"
  • Width: 32'-8" Depth: 34'-4", 1 Half Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Slab
  • Building height - 25'
  • Roof pitch - 10/12
  • Ceiling heights -
  • First floor - 9'
  • Second floor - 8'
  • Three 9' x 8' overhead doors
  • Hall from garage provides access to room ideal for office or workshop, a half bath, stair to second floor bonus room and door to exterior
  • Complete list of materials

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

HANDSOME DECK PLAN WITH BUILT-IN BENCHES E-PLAN

  • Width: 23'-3", depth: 17'-7"
  • Plenty of space is offered for grand outdoor living
  • Built-in benches and a plant ledge provide beauty and function
  • A complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$40.00