Nature & Environment

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

Nevermind the Politics, Forests Can Help Cool the Planet

By Raul D. Hernandez, Forever Redwood

Forestry and climate change are complex and emotionally charged issues. In this post, we focus on the forests themselves and how they can contribute to global cooling when forest management practices are adjusted through the incentives in the multi-billion dollar carbon credit programs being launched.


How to Relocate Spiders

By Mary Ann Reese

Spiders are beneficial arachnids, meaning they have eight legs. They can be found in or near a home. Relocating spiders to a more appropriate place is a much wiser idea than killing them when they're in our way.


Encounters with Coyotes in the Past and Present

By Geri Vistein

Coyotes live among us just as they have with our Native Peoples in the past. But unlike our Native Peoples understanding and respect of coyotes, our present day culture has little knowledge, and this greatly takes away from all the positive experiences we can have with America’s wild canine.


Report Shows Damaging Impact of Climate Change in 2015

By Kayla Matthews

A new report describes record levels of damages caused by climate change during 2015.


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Salvaging Campus Trees for Education

By The Wood-Mizer Team

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's groundbreaking "Harvest to Use" program uses a portable sawmill to salvage campus trees for education and community projects.


Coyote and Fox and Mesopredator Release

By Geri Vistein

What changes a predator’s relationship with your farm? Relationships are two-sided, and human behavior has much to do with our relationships with predators. Here are two real-life stories about just that.


Botanical Wonders Abound in West Virginia’s ‘Cranberry Glades’

By Barry Glick, Sunshine Farm and Gardens

The Cranberry Glades are situated within the Monongahela National Forest, which comprises almost 1 million acres of land, making it the third largest national forest east of the Rocky Mountains. Within The Glades are many natural areas and attractions such as the “Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.” This 750-acre preserve is home to many unusual plants, and this is where you’ll find “the bogs.”


Dealing with Packrats

By Bruce McElmurray

Even though we live remotely in the mountains with bear, coyote, mountain lion, deer, elk, and bobcats, the lowly little packrat may be the most dangerous critter we face. Here's how we deal with packrats on our remote homestead.