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Help the Hellbender Day, Columbian Park Zoo
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Continued efforts are made to save the Eastern Hellbender as numbers continue to decline. This Saturday, August 29th, the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana, is hosting a special event in honor of the hellbender salamanders. Those attending will learn more about the largest salamander in the world and how eggs are being protected to help save the hellbenders.
Tree pruning
Pruning has been called "one of the best, worst maintenance practices" performed on trees. In this publication, Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell explores the techniques behind good pruning, from the planning process before planting to monitoring the tree's response after the pruning cuts.
Tree of Heaven
Invasive plant species threaten many habitats including forests across Indiana. The introduced Asian tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is one of these aggressive and troublesome invaders. View the resources available to help identify this invasive tree and how to contact a specialist if you encounter ailanthus wilt.
July 2015 Capital Comments: A State Budget Snapshot
On July 14, after a journey of more than 3 billion miles and almost 10 years, we flew a spacecraft past Pluto and took snapshots. That was exciting. Two days later, the Indiana State Budget Agency provided excitement closer to home: a snapshot of Indiana state finances after a 365-day journey through the 2015 fiscal year.