Nature & Environment

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

Housing for Nesting Birds

By Bruce McElmurray

We provide bird houses for nesting birds and they provide us with insect control.


A Tree-Hugger Reflection on Sludge

By Lidia Epp

Farmers opting for biosolids applications on their farmland believe that this is a safe and natural way to fertilize the soil. Oftentimes they see local anti-biosolids activists as the adversaries, not realizing that the truth is quite the opposite. There is a mounting body of scientific and medical evidence that the practice of biosolids land application is detrimental to human health and constitutes an environmental factor contributing to many chronic conditions. Farmers, their families and neighbors are often first to suffer the consequences.


A Successful, Sustainable Forest

By The Wood-Mizer Team

By managing his family's forestland with natural and environmentally friendly practices, Jim Birkemeier has created a sustainable forest model that is being taught and implemented all over the world.


Inspiring Eco-Consciousness in Kids Without a Load of Eco-Guilt

By Andrew and Michelle Shall, The Redeemed Workshop

How do you talk to young children about caring for the environment without loading them with guilt? Here are five environmental education suggestions that create natural opportunities for kids to learn about what they can do to be immersed in nature and help our planet.


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5 Edible Wild Greens: Free Foraged Food for Your Table

By Samuel Thayer

These wild edible weeds will soon be gourmet greens in your salad bowl. Learn the basics of backyard foraging and your taste buds will thank you.


Using Phenology to Better Know Your Land

By Andrew and Michelle Shall, The Redeemed Workshop

Observing and documenting the seasonal phenomena that happen on your land can be a fascinating and important way to get an understanding of how it changes through the year. And it can be fun, too!


Biosolids: More Harm than Good, Part 2

By Lidia Epp

This is Part 2 of an interview with David Lewis, Ph.D. - formerly a senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD. He currently serves as director of research for the Focus for Health Foundation.


Winter Weather Time Warp

By Bruce McElmurray

Our changing weather pattern at high elevation.