Nature & Environment

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

How to Humanely Trap Squirrels for Removal From an Attic

By Elizabeth Gatto

Squіrrеlѕ can саuѕе ѕеrіоuѕ рrоblеmѕ. Thеу оftеn сhеw on your hоuѕе, еіthеr thе іnѕіdе оr outside. They like to сhеw оn аll ѕоrtѕ оf ѕurfасеѕ, such аѕ the lеаd piping аrоund plumbing ѕtасkѕ, vents, wіrеѕ, and оf соurѕе wood. Thе оnlу real wау tо remove squіrrеlѕ from an attic іѕ tо рhуѕісаllу remove thеm. You can use lіvе trарѕ yourself or you can hire a professional wildlife removal expert to come remove them for you.


Identify Lyme Disease and Find Resources

By Bruce McElmurray

We live at 9,800 feet of elevation in our small cabin with our four German shepherd dogs, and have been clearing and hauling brush to our community burn site as a result of the brutally hard winter we had earlier this year. Life at this elevation can be pretty rough sometimes. Getting bit by an infected tick needs quick treatment.


5 Inches of Rain in 24 Hours: Blessing or Curse?

By Blythe Pelham

Tropical storms and hurricanes now make it to Ohio. Find out how they can affect Blythe’s home garden by reading this post.


5 Questions for Bob Moore

By Bob Moore

Learn more about MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speaker Bob Moore.


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The Positive Power of Walking Showcased at National Summit

By Jay Walljasper

Many things leap to mind when someone mentions walking: fitness, fun, fresh air, relaxation, friends and maybe your most comfortable pair of shoes. But a word that rarely arises is “power”. That will begin to change after the 2017 National Walking Summit, which is themed “Vital and Vibrant Communities — The Power of Walkability”.


5 Questions for Brittany Nickerson

By Brittany Nickerson

Learn more about MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR speaker Brittany Nickerson.


How to Humanely Trap and Release a Skunk

By Elizabeth Gatto

Skunks are quite intelligent and resourceful creatures that can invade even the most sophisticated home, whether it is your garden, the attic, or under the crawl space of your house. When they come looking for food and shelter, you will need a suitable and humane method for removing them.


Plastic Bottle Reduction Program in State Parks

By Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Sustainable Practices

Tennessee State Parks understands the importance of reducing the number of plastic bottles that go into the waste stream. One of the highest waste streams captured in state parks is plastic bottles from guests. While it’s important to stay hydrated during outdoor activities, especially in the summer time, it is equally important to do so sustainably. That is why several parks are taking steps to reduce plastic cup and bottle waste within the park.