Interesting Environmental News

Some recent articles and announcements that we came across and wanted to share. Click on the title to view the full article.

Green Jobs Attract Graduates

A new wave of recent college graduates is entering a career field that hardly existed a decade ago: environmental sustainability. Suddenly, “sustainability” seems to resonate with the sex appeal of “dot com” or “start-up,” appealing to droves of ambitious young innovators, for whom finding a job with meaning is an important value. According to, the number of jobs related to environmental work has tripled in the last three years. Courtesy of Alliance for Community Trees

How Do Poison Ivy & Poison Oak Make Folks Itch?

Knowing how to avoid poison ivy is a good skill—but you should also know what to do if you happen to encounter it. As we move into the busiest part of the summer, people across the country will celebrate and enjoy it by taking weekend hikes through places scenic and undisturbed. Most of folks will return from their hikes revived, but some will find themselves itchy afterwards. It’s inevitable. And it’s unfortunate, too, because there are ways to avoid the adverse effects of Poison Ivy and Poison Oak. Courtesy of E-Nature

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant

Do you have an idea for a school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students?  Need funds to implement it? GreenWorks! is the service-learning, community action program of PLT that partners PLT educators, students, and communities in environmental neighborhood improvement projects. Some examples of past grant projects include habitat restoration, watershed improvement, outdoor classrooms, and energy conservation. Courtesy of Project Learning Tree

Michigan Natives Plan Artist Residency on Superior’s Remote Rabbit Island

When Rob Gorski bought a Lake Superior island on Craigslist he didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do with it. He did know, however, that he wanted to combine ideas of conservation with artistic creativity. Gorski, a Troy native and medical doctor in New York, partnered with an old friend — London-based sculpture artist Andrew Ranville, who also grew up in lower Michigan. Both men are raising funds to create an artist residency program on Rabbit Island. Courtesy of Great Lakes Echo

Federal and State Officials Announce Discovery of Asian Longhorned Beetle in Ohio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announce that surveys are under way in Bethel, Ohio, after the detection and identification of the Asian longhorned beetle.  Bethel is located 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati. First discovered in the United States in 1996, Asian longhorned beetles attack several species of trees including maple, willow, horsechestnut, buckeye and American elm. While in its larvae stage, the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) kills trees by tunneling into large branches and the trunk. Courtesy of  USDA – Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service


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