Projects and programs geared toward environmental education are now eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Education Grants. Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can to apply for the grants. Applications are due by December 18.
Recent unconventional shale development has raised concerns about how public, animal and environmental health is affected. Studies have been conducted, but with some many variables, how can research be accurate?
Chrysanthemum White Rust (CRW) is caused by the fungal pathogen Puccinia horiana. If you suspect that it is present on your plants, you are required to report it to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture—as there have been documented cases this year in Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension held a Home Water and Septic System Workshop twice on September 29 in South Coatesville. A total of 74 people from 57 households attended, primarily from Chester County but also Lancaster and Cumberland Counties
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Often children go through periods of being particular about what they eat.
A low-cost method of removing phosphates from tile drainage water has been developed, and may help protect lakes and streams. Using steel byproducts to trap phosphates in simulated tile drainage water, the researchers envision installing a steel-containing cartridge as an add-on to nitrate-capturing bioreactors.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is marking the start of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign for 2016 by offering a free webinar for school science teachers and facility staff called “Creating a Healthy School Environment.” The webinar will focus on the dangers associated with the mismanagement of chemicals within schools, stress the importance of implementing best practices in the management of chemicals, and provide reference to available tools and guidance.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Denise Finney, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry, conducted the research described in this Penn State News story.
Many birds leave for warmer climates but many also still call Pennsylvania home in winter. Most of us think of using bird feeders and heated bird baths as a way to support wintering birds, but there are several natural things you can do to keep them comfortable and encourage them to stay in your yard.
There are over 400 species of native bees in Pennsylvania. This does not include the European honey bees that live in hives and supply us with honey.
Want the Skinny on Switchgrass? Ask the Experts at Ernst Biomass during the October 19 Switchgrass Crop and Pellet Plant Open House.
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
Open House on National Bioenergy Day, October 21.
Team Kickoff Meeting Scheduled for October 23.
Luminaires, Luminaires, Luminaires
Pennsylvanians interested in learning more about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species found in the state last fall, are invited to a public meeting in Berks County on October 22. The event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Brandywine Heights Middle School auditorium located at 200 W. Weis St. in Topton.
If you want to regenerate a forest with naturally occurring native tree species it takes planning and the recognition that you will likely have to undertake a harvest to allow the conditions for regeneration to occur. Research focused on forest regeneration provides some guidelines to help assess the potential for success in growing the next forest.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is increasing earthquake monitoring in the Commonwealth.