Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
Monsanto's most widely used herbicide has been found in the blood of agricultural workers and is now being linked to both mammal and human carcinomas.

Firefighter
5 Fire Pit Safety Tips from A Former Wildland Firefighter
Fire pits can be great things. They are attractive, inexpensive to use and help to extend the use of your yard through the fall and winter. But they must be used safely. Here are some guidelines for fire pit safety.
Potluck
How to Throw a Green, Thrifty and Welcoming Potluck
Potlucks make sharing a meal about as easy as can be. With just a few changes from the usual all-disposable approach, potlucks can be green, thrifty, and more enjoyable too.
Sample garden plan
Big Help for Planning Your Vegetable Garden!
You're probably itching to get out and get started planting this year's garden. Before you start digging, plan what you'll grow this year and how you'll arrange your garden beds. Our Vegetable Garden Planner not only allows you to plan your garden layout, but it also gives you planting times for all the crops you plan to grow based on your location's frost dates. Find out more about how the Garden Planner can boost your gardening success this season.
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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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