Environmental stewardship.

Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Aldo Leopold (1887–1949) championed environmental stewardship based on a land ethic "dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it.

Different types of environmental stewards

There are 3 types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers go out and help the cause by taking action. For example, the doers in an oil spill would be the volunteers that go along the beach and help clean up the oil from the beaches. A donor is the person that financially helps the cause. They can do anything from donating their money, to having galas or other fundraisers. They are typically governmental agencies. Lastly there are practitioners. They work on a day-to-day basis to steer governmental agencies, scientists, stakeholder groups, or any other group toward a stewardship outcome. Together these 3 groups make up environmental stewards and with the help keep the ecosystem running healthily. Anybody can be an environmental steward by being aware and knowledgeable of the world around them and making sure they do as little as possible to negatively impact our world. Without these groups it would be hard to get any sort of sustainability in our increasingly technology, pollution, industrial based world.

Useful tips for avoiding mulch mistakes

mulchMulch: The nice, the poor, and the ugly. It really is discussed by us all.
The Good Mulch:
Stabilizes soils and prevents erosion.
Helps soils maintain moisture for plant make use of.
Improves soil framework and quality as time passes, if properly applied.
Looks great (occasionally).
Improves biological exercise and mixes organic components into soils.
Prevents weed growth. Remember that this is of a weed will be “a plant out of location.” If we mulch to avoid weed growth, the facts doing to the desirable plants then?
Is definitely an effective herbicide instead of chemical substances, cutting, mowing etc.
Forms of Good Mulch:
Leaves as mulch. Picture by Paul Keyes.
Bark Mulch: It remains loose and will not bind. Bark mulch includes a nice dark colour and is a superb background for plants also it does not really fade over time. Bark mulch cultivates perfectly in to the soil and enhances soil framework and drainage. It is almost always innate and will not need nitrates to decompose. It is easily available and will come in easily handled 1 to 3 cubic feet bags in a number of dimensions from 4" to 3/8"
Soil Conditioner: Normally, this is the 3/8" and smaller screenings left from sorting bark mulch. It really is ideal for top-dressing beds and utilized as an element in planting mixes.
Straw Mulch: This is often either salt hay or even pine needles and much more popular in the southern section of the USA. Straw mulch comes in easily handled light-weight bales and contains a good color and organic look. Salt hay (also called salt marsh hay) will be hay from salt marshes and spreads through rhizomes instead of seeds, so that it eliminates the chance of contaminating the soil with weed seeds.
Cocoa Bark: Cocoa bark includes a nice dark colour, an interesting scent, will not bind, and mixes nicely in to the soil and improves its high quality. It really is little on the costly side.
Nice Peet: This is actually the brand title of a particular type of mulch that is a mix of mulch, agricultural manure, soil conditioner, and humus. Search for it, I believe it's amazing.
Leaves along with other organic matter: Preserve some leaves inside the beds-plants shed results in for a number of reasons including in an effort to feed and protect themselves. But for some good reason, we spend too much energy and time removing them. I’ll never realize the fascination to help keep our backyard like our bathrooms. It’s alright to become neat, but don’t sterilize you backyard by removing all of the leaves. Find methods to conceal them in your backyard beds. They shall improve biological activity and perhaps, it is superior to mulch. Go stroll in the forest and uncover the duff coating (leaf layer) and check out what's occurring! It’s alive!
Living Mulch: Floor cover plants such as ivy, Pachysandra, and Liriope are excellent. It's better to spend money on this mulch than a thing that needs changing every season.
Peat Moss: An excellent material so long as you moisten it and mix it in with the soil and monitor soil PH. It appears great, too.
Stone Mulch: It is a durable and long-enduring mulch that is best for areas where very much can easily end up being washed away by large rains or in business applications such as for example parking lot islands.
The Bad Mulch:
Too much mulch that's improperly applied in as well thicker of a layer kills plants and/or prevents proper development.
Some mulch such as hardwoods and shredded bark actually bind together, which prevents penetration of water and air.
Poor mulch reduces the biological activity inside the soil. Where will be the bugs and the worms in this mulch? Should they can’t reside in it, so how exactly does a plant?
A chosen mulch can changes the chemical substance composition of the soil badly. Mulch that's not decomposed draws nitrogen from the soil since it breaks down fully. Some mulch leach micronutrients furthermore, like magnesium, which are harmful to plants.
Bad mulch can modifications the soil structure and chemical substance make-up of the soil. Effective soils have adjustable percentages of five equivalent parts, like clay, sand, silt, organic issue, and biological components. An excessive amount of organic matter is in no way a good thing.
Mulch that's not clean and which has garbage, weed seeds, or even harmful pathogens.
Consider the price of mulch. Know what your yearly mulch budget will be and spend fifty percent on residing mulches that will pass on, reduce mulching, and boost plant materials in the garden.

Outdoors Alliance for Kids

19 September 2019

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  • Youth Voices: The Outdoors And People
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  • Youth Voices: The Importance of Outdoors
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  • Youth Voices: The Great Outdoors
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  • Youth Voices: How Nature Improves the Brain
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Ecology Center

19 September 2019

  • Vessel Reusable Cup Service Launches
    We’re excited to launch the Vessel Reusable Cup Pilot this Wednesday, September 18, 2019. A First for Berkeley and for California, this pilot leads the way in replacing single-use disposable cups with a reusable, thermal, stainless steel alternative. It is… Read more »
  • Salsa Festival: Celebrating A Rich Culture
    True to the nature of the Bay Area, the Berkeley Farmers’ Market 2019 Salsa Festival was a celebration of the rich cultural diversity that thrives here and our community’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Locals and Salsa enthusiasts from all over… Read more »
  • Announcing Berkeley’s first Reusable Cup Program
    Meet Vessel! The Ecology Center is pleased to announce the launch of Berkeley’s first Reusable Cup service. The pilot program will launch in mid-September at select food businesses on the UC Berkeley campus and in the Telegraph Avenue area in… Read more »
  • Taking Pride in Peaches: Perspective from a Queer Farmer in the Capay Valley
    Farmers’ Markets are made possible through the efforts of a diverse community of people who come together around an appreciation for wholesome food, locally grown and delivered with the well-being of customers in mind.  Joanna Normoyle of Guru Ram Das… Read more »
  • Berkeley on the Path to Zero Waste Dining!
    Last month, Berkeley City Council unanimously passed the Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance, a groundbreaking and expansive plan for phasing out single-use plastic foodware from Berkeley restaurants and businesses. The ordinance, the first of its kind in the U.S. to comprehensively address… Read more »

David Suzuki Foundation

19 September 2019

Cornwall Alliance

19 September 2019

  • The Myth That the Polar Bear Population Is Declining
    Many of us watched the viral video in horror. A starving polar bear scavenging for food on barren land, his ribs visible beneath a jaundiced white coat. “This is what climate change looks like,” said National Geographic. The magazine explained that because of melting sea ice, precipitated by climate change, more of these mammals are starving. They pointed […]
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    In the wake of drone attacks over the weekend on two of Saudi Arabia’s top oil processing facilities, oil prices shot up worldwide, causing stock prices to fall. MarketWatch reported, “The attacks are believed to be part of a continuing conflict between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia,” but many experts think Iran is likely […]
  • “Fact checkers” who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
    Suppose I told you that Santa Claus lived in Santa Barbara. Now suppose you reported in an article that I told you Santa Claus lived in Santa Barbara. Now suppose some “fact checker” slammed you for falsely saying Santa Claus lived in Santa Barbara. Would the “fact checker” be right? Obviously not. Because you accurately […]
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    Earlier today I blogged on an article at Daily Caller about Dr. William Happer’s resignation from the National Security Council. I pointed out that climate models simulate much more warming than actually observed over the relevant period. Someone responded, “Complete and utter bull^*@%. The modeling is accurate.” Ignore the vulgarity’s telltale sign that this wasn’t […]
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