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Cassens Christmas Trees
The debate over rather the use of a real tree or an artificial tree is better for the environment continues, especially as the Holiday season nears. Purdue FNR Professor of Wood Products Dan Cassens weighs the pros and cons of each.
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It's Thanksgiving, and here's one thing I'm thankful for: the Legislative Services Agency's county property tax reports for 2015. You can find them on the General Assembly's website at Click on "Publications," then "Property Tax Studies."
Christmas tree with ornament.
If you are looking for that perfect real Christmas tree check out the resources available to help you decide. Choices include pre-cut trees, choose-and-cut trees or live trees that can be replanted. Lenny Farlee, sustaining hardwood extension specialist, shares facts, tips and links to several needed resources.
Ginkgo seeds
Purdue Plant Physiologist Shaneka Lawson takes a look at a key aspect of ginkgo trees that makes male and female ginkgos very different.
Purdue University projects improving usability of climate information for Midwest agriculture and taking regional approaches to economic development in rural Indiana have earned National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Awards.
Jay Beugly teaching K12 students what is found in our streams
Students receive a hands-on look at some of the creatures living in rivers, they learn about water pollutants as well as the services that depend on the river. Jay Beugly, aquatics ecology specialist, FNR and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), and Megan Gunn, research assistant working with Dr. Reuben Goforth and the FNR Aquatic Ecology Lab, give students the opportunity to experience the diversity of organisms living in streams.
The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is the largest national environmental education program for youth ages 8-19 and has received the Conservation Education Award by The Wildlife Society. Check out this new video, publication and web site for more information.

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