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Clover plants in a field
Read article: Uncovering the power of clover cover
Uncovering the power of clover cover
Interested in diversifying your cover crop mix or exploring the power of clover cover? Episode 61 of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction podcast...
Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace? A row of callery pear trees full of white blossoms
Read article: Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace?
Callery pear: Ornamental favorite or invasive menace?
Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana), better known as ‘Bradford’ pear, has been blooming across Illinois. Over the years, it has been a popular...
A man and a woman stand in a boat holding long pole nets to capture stunned fish
Read article: Master Naturalists put research into action around the state and in your backyard
Master Naturalists put research into action around the state and in your backyard
What is a Master Naturalist? We get that question a lot at University of Illinois Extension. Master...
clumps of prairie dropseed in bloom next to a walkway
Read article: Add Prairie Dropseed to your home garden
Add Prairie Dropseed to your home garden
Last fall I visited the Missouri Botanic Garden with my family, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they added a fair amount of grasses to the...

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Oak Tree Planting Project Set for April 25 at Old Mill Park in Savanna
Carroll County 4-H is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District and Savanna Park District to initiate an oak tree planting project. This project aims to highlight the significance of preserving and promoting oak trees across Illinois...
two morel mushrooms growing on the forest floor
Spring brings opportunity to forage wild mushrooms
URBANA, Ill. — Spring is a time of change. Migrating birds return. Ephemeral wildflowers start popping up. And morel mushrooms start appearing prompting enthusiastic mushroom hunters to scour forests across Illinois in search of the elusive and delectable fungi. Determined foragers...
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Future forests rely on stewardship, knowledge of private landowners
FREEPORT, Ill. — A forest is many things. Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife. Their leaves clean the air, and their roots filter water, slow floods, and prevent soil erosion. Timber products are crucial to local economies and tourism. Forests and woodlands also once made up more than a...

Videos

Protect Our Dark Skies: How to Limit Light Pollution

Starry nights are only possible when we turn out the lights.

The sky is a natural wonder that unites everyone in Illinois, our nation, and the world. The Milky Way, the orange glow of Jupiter, the constellations Orion, and the Big Dipper all capture our attention and fill us with awe....

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