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Green Up Your Act

Some green gear along the Laurel Highlands Trail. Photo by Mary Reed.

Green Your Gear

By Mary Reed

As the saying goes, you vote with your dollars every day.

Volunteer Jim Runk helps build a new section of the Buckeye Trail. Photo by Mary Reed.

(Don't) DIY Trail Maintenance

By Attila Horvath

Getting involved in trail building and maintenance does not mean that you should grab a mattock and a chainsaw and start hackin’ away.

Just don't think of Bambi. Photo by Attila Horvath.

Hunt for the Environment

Hunters step into gap left by missing predators

By Randy Edwards

In many parts of the Ohio Valley this fall, hunters will be filling a niche once occupied by wolves or mountain lions – that of a predator maintaining the proper balance of ungulates per acre.

But don't forget your phone. Photo by Mary Reed.

Better World Club

By Jaclyn Boland

In 2009, an estimated 50 million motorists will be eligible to receive roadside assistance through their membership in AAA. What they will also receive with that membership is an organization that lobbies for roads, cars and gasoline while lobbying against public transportation, bike paths and the Clean Air Act.

Don't worry, that plant just produces BS, which is carbon neutral. Really.

Greenwashing for Dummies

By Michelle Anderson

BP (formerly British Petroleum) spent millions of dollars to rebrand itself as an environmentally conscious company, Beyond Petroleum, promoting its development of solar and other alternative energy s

Is it real or fake? Photo by Attila Horvath.

Weeding Out ‘Astroturf’ Groups

By Cathy Wilson

There are fake grassroots organizations – called “Astroturf” – that claim to be pro-environment when in fact they are funded by the industries responsible for environmental degradation.

Garlic mustard is one of the worst invasive exotic plants in the Ohio River region. Photo by Mary Reed.

Invasive Plants: All Green Isn’t Good

By Cathy Wilson

There are unwelcome, harmful plants that invade and spread throughout natural areas, but their green leaves and beautiful flowers often disguise them as innocent and unassuming.

Conserve it! Photo by Attila Horvath.

Why Conserve Water?

By Cathy Wilson

If you enjoy spending time on the water, then water conservation should definitely be a priority. Here’s why it’s important:

This broccoli in flats is ready to go in the ground. Photo by Mary Reed.

Plant a Garden

Enjoy the outdoors without leaving your back yard

By Cathy Wilson

Spring is right around the corner, and if thoughts of blossoming flowers and fresh produce have ever inspired you to create a garden of your own, now is the perfect time to give it a try.

This compost is happenin'. Photo by Mary Reed.

Compost Happens

But a little help from you doesn’t hurt

By Cathy Wilson

Scrapping the habit of tossing all your waste into the garbage can starts with, well, scraps.

Bears in a dumpster are more than a cute sculpture. "A dumpster bear is usually a dead bear," says Snowshoe Mountain, WV president Bill Rock. At snowshoe, bears don't hibernate normally due to availability of food year round.

Don't Feed the Animals

A good intention, but a dangerous habit

By Cathy Wilson

A woman walking her dog in North Hills, WV last year was attacked by a doe whose fawn was nearby.

Now what do you suppose is in that bag?

Green Gifts: Avoid a Winter Wonderland(fill)

By Cathy Wilson

Ribbons, bows, wrapping paper and packages upon packages of batteries – these are some of the staples of the holiday season.

Planting trees is just one way to offset carbon. Photo by Mary Reed.

Buy Credible Carbon Offsets

By Cathy Wilson

While those who seek to reduce their carbon footprint do so with the best of intentions, there is growing concern that some carbon offs

Make like the Lorax! Photo by Mary Reed.

Plant a Tree

By Mary Reed

There are plenty of reasons to be a treehugger: trees give us shade, campfire wood, toboggans and treehouses. Plus, they beautify the world.

See what happens when you don't reduce and reuse? Photo by Attila Horvath.

Reduce, Reuse …

By Mary Reed

You know the third practice in the waste reduction hierarchy, it’s recycle. But let’s get back to that word hierarchy – recycling is what you do only after reducing and reusing.