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Environment

What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?     — Melinda Clarke, New York, NY California made big news recently when it […]

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Gardening

After Harvest Garden Clean-Up Tips

We want to thank Zazel Loven for these tips from an article from The Organic Gardener. She tells us how to prepare your garden for winter.  She says wildlife will find food and shelter, weeds will be easier to control, and plant diseases as well as pests will no longer drive you crazy. Follow Organic Gardening‘s […]

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Travel

Yellowstone Programs Feature Wide Variety of Topics

The non-profit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) Invites outdoor lovers to plan a winter getaway to Yellowstone National Park. It offers lots of programs that showcase and help foster a greater understanding of the park. “Even for experienced Yellowstone enthusiasts, a winter trip is like visiting a whole new park,” said Wendie Carr, marketing manager for […]

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Gardening

Go Natural with Your Yard

Our yards are our outdoor homes: fun, beautiful, great spaces for relaxing. But in taking care of them, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste, and overuse chemicals that are bad for the environment and our families’ health. The good news is, by making some simple changes in how we care […]

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Travel

Drive the Quinault Rain Forest Loop this Fall

Fall is a great time to visit Washington’s Quinault Valley on the Pacific Coast. Most of the tourists have scattered for home and the monsoons haven’t started. Known as the “Valley of the Giants,” The Quinault Valley is an outdoor lover’s peaceful haven. Among other things, it is the home to the largest Sitka spruce […]

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Travel

Spokane – Washington’s Final Frontier

While the moniker “Washington’s final frontier” may sound a bit exaggerated, the branding motto does describe one of the Northwest’s more wild and wooly destinations. But wooly is no exaggeration given its big mountains and valleys remain home to grizzly bears and caribou. Spokane is the state’s second largest city. And although it has earned […]