Environment:

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The Tap Water Pledge

Powder Coating Citrus Under Attack Weed Management

Visit And Protect Your Conservation Lands

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re an avid environmentalist, a Western movie fan looking for a little tranquility, or just someone who’s seeking a fun vacation for your family, you can experience the undisturbed beauty of the American West at hundreds of places around the country. Over 28 million acres of National Conservation Lands are permanently conserved by the federal government for the public to enjoy.

Here are a few facts and figures:

• These lands, especially those around the Empire Ranch in Arizona, have been a calling card for Hollywood Westerns.

• With a plain of saguaro cacti beneath it, nearby Ragged Top Mountain in Ironwood Forest offers a striking reminder of the Old West.

• Historic Fort Stanton in New Mexico is one of the few intact frontier forts, with many of its original buildings and surrounding lands looking just as they did when the fort hosted such legendary personalities as Billy the Kid, Colonel Kit Carson and the Buffalo Soldiers.

• The Santa Rosa/San Jacinto Mountains in southern California has an old brush corral and views from the highway that harken back to the southern California of a century ago.

• Rock caves and formations in Red Rock Canyon of Nevada dominate the landscape once crossed by cowboys and Native Americans.

Since they were established a decade ago, the National Conservation Lands have not gotten the level of funding, protection, recognition or support that they need from the federal government. They face other challenges such as recreational target shooting, reckless off-road vehicle use, vandalism, encroaching development and trash dumping.

The Conservation Lands Foun- dation is the only organization dedicated solely to conserving, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.

To that end, the Foundation:

• Provides grants, training and networking opportunities to build a constituency of grassroots advocates;

• Works with Congress and the Bureau of Land Management to help shape the future of the National Conservation Lands; and

• Promotes greater public awareness of and appreciation for the National Conservation Lands and the irreplaceable human and natural history they contain.

You can discover more about the Foundation and the sites and monuments it protects, how to visit them and how to help protect them at www.conservationlands.org or (970) 247-0807.

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Raising Water-Wise Kids

(NAPSI)—As temperatures soar, saving water, money and the environment can be child’s play with these easy tips for you and your kids:

Inspire The Desire For Conservation

You can easily show your whole family why saving water is so important!

Visit a lake or the ocean—a key fact to share is that 97 percent of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2 percent is locked in ice caps and glaciers. So that leaves just 1 percent for all living creatures, including plants, animals and people.

Find a role model. He’s appeared as a master of the seven seas and an unlikely sheriff of a parched desert town, so actor Johnny Depp may be able to inspire your kids to think a little more about water conservation. His latest movie, “Rango,” is about a sheltered chameleon who stumbles into a dusty town called Dirt that’s short on water and long on villains. A hilarious take on classic Westerns that’s fun for kids and adults alike, “Rango” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and will get kids laughing while showing them the importance of water conservation and that anyone can make a positive difference.

You can also take the family on a trip to an aquarium or zoo and ask the keepers about water’s importance to the animals. (And don’t forget to visit the chameleons so you can see a real “Rango.”)

Here are some tips for your kids on saving water:

Save Water Indoors

Take a short shower rather than a bath, which generally uses more water. A cool shower on a hot day feels great.

Think before you flush. Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. The fewer times you flush, the more water you save.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Plus, try catching all the water that goes down the drain for a day in a bucket—you’ll see it’s a lot!

Tell Mom or Dad about any leaky faucets—one leaky faucet can waste a lot of water.

If you have an aquarium, reuse the water for houseplants.

Save Water Outdoors

Use the hose where it’s needed. If you’re going to play with the hose to cool off, turn it on in a part of the yard that can use some watering.

Help your parents water the lawn or garden at night or early in the morning. This is the best way to prevent evaporation (that’s when water disappears into the air).

Use a bucket and a hose with a nozzle when you wash your bicycle or your parents’ car. Better yet, use the water you saved when you brushed your teeth.

Don’t forget that every drop counts; use a broom to sweep the driveway or sidewalk, not precious water.

Discover more about this movie at www.rangomovie.com.

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Free Educational Resource

(NAPSI)--Teachers and guidance counselors around the country now have a delightful way to enrich the classroom experience with the science of environmental sustainability, design and community planning.

How It Works

Animations showing plants that digest toxic waste, parks built from old building materials, trees that lower utility bills and many other sustainable concepts are part of the new, free resource. It was created by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the national professional association for landscape architects, to serve as Sustainable Design 101 for students and teachers by explaining complex environmental systems in a clear, understandable format.

Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the site includes seven animations to view at home or in the classroom; more than 60 different classroom activities, videos, games and lesson plans that cover grades kindergarten through 12; plus 20 examples of real-world projects from around the world.

Each animation includes an accompanying educational resource with classroom activities and interactive case studies.

In addition, there are 20 case studies of sustainable projects of all sizes, including master plans, university campuses, urban farms, green roofs and backyards. Each case study lists the project’s environmental benefits and includes a slide show with images and descriptions, project facts and a downloadable one-page brief.

“Few outside of the landscape architecture profession fully understand the benefits of sustainable landscape design and even less know how these design techniques actually work,” said ASLA President Jonathan Mueller, FASLA.

To View the Animations

You can see them online and learn more at www.asla.org/animations and (202) 898-2444.

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Take A Green Step Forward

(NAPSI)—Small changes in household habits can make a big difference to the environment and you don’t have to sacrifice value or quality.

That’s just as well, since according to a Mintel survey, more than half of consumers would buy more green products—if they didn’t cost so much.

To help you go green, Caryn Bailey of Rockin’ Mama, a blog centered on motherhood and all things green, offers these simple tips for taking a green step with confidence:

• Green your clean: Consider the environmental effect of your cleaning products. Opt for nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners. You can harness the natural cleansers in lemons, baking soda and vinegar to clean your home and avoid spending more on manufactured cleaning products.

Plant a tree—or a whole garden: Planting a tree can be a wonderful way to support a healthy future for the planet. Trees not only provide oxygen, they filter pollution, act as homes for wildlife, help recycle water and provide shade, shelter and countless other necessities for life.

Precycle: Avoid or eliminate waste by bringing your own shopping bag to the grocery store. Try to shop in bulk and repurpose items such as old coffee cans and egg cartons for storage and organization.

Green your laundry: Run a full load so you don’t waste water or detergent. Look for biodegradable, phosphate-free detergent made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients and wash in cold water as much as possible. When you can, line-dry clothes to conserve energy and get a naturally clean smell.

Seek eco-friendly products: Look for those that use minimal or eco-friendly packaging, and try paper products made with a blend of recycled and virgin fibers. These products combine the green benefits of recycled fiber with the quality you want. If every household in America substituted their paper products with recycled fiber products for four weeks, over 2 million trees could be saved!

• Test-drive “hybrid” products: An easy, fun way to take a green step is to visit the site Scott Brand.com to enter for a chance to win a hybrid sedan. Like a test-drive, trying Scott Naturals products for four weeks is a low-risk way to take an easy green step and help save 2 million trees.

For more details and official sweepstakes rules, visit www.ScottBrand.com or call (888) 525-8388.

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Take The Tap Water Pledge

(NAPSI)—Here’s good news about the environment: Protecting it can be as easy—and delightful—as taking a refreshing drink of water from the tap instead of a bottle.

That’s because an average of 38 billion water bottles per year--85 percent of all plastic water bottles used in the U.S.—end up in the trash, rather than being recycled, according to the Container Recycling Institute. In response, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, American Water, encourages all consumers to drink tap water instead for both environmental and economic reasons.

Tap water is typically available from the faucet for less than a penny a gallon, while bottled water, depending on the brand, can cost up to 10,000 times more.

You can learn more and view a voluntary online pledge form at www.amwater125.com. Estimate the number of bottles a week you use and the company will track the savings to the environment.

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A Product Finish With A Variety Of Benefits

(NAPSI)—Thanks to a high-quality finish, many of the products that consumers use every day—from tools to automobiles to jungle gyms—ook better and last longer. The finish—called powder coating-is designed to make products more durable, attractive and scratch resistant.

How it Works

Powder coating is a dry finishing process in which finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the products to be coated.

The parts to be coated are positively grounded, so that the charged particles adhere to them until melted and fuse into a solid coating in a curing oven. The result is a sleek, strong, high-quality finish.

Easy on the Environment

The powder coating process offers another advantage. Unlike liquid paint, no solvents are used in powder coating, so only negligible amounts of VOCs are released into the air. In addition, unused or oversprayed powder can be recovered, so any waste is minimal and can be disposed of easily and safely. That makes it environmentally friendly and virtually pollution free.

Said to be the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, powder coating represents over 15 percent of all industrial finishing applications.

Consumer Benefits

The benefits of powder coating for consumers are simple: Powder coating is designed to make purchases look better and last longer—not to mention its reduced environmental footprint.

These are just some of the reasons why powder coating is already found on thousands of products that you come in contact with every day. From bulldozers and chain saws to your coffee machine and child’s crib, this finish is used to protect many of the machines and household conveniences that consumers have come to depend on.

Setting Air Quality Standards

Powder coating is a clean process, allowing exhaust air from the coating booth to be returned to the plant, and less oven air is exhausted to the outside. In fact, one of the major elements in expanding the market for powder coating has been the implementation of stringent air pollution control legislation over the past 30 years.

In addition, up to 98 percent of powder coating overspray that does not adhere to the part being sprayed can be retrieved and reused. This is said to eliminate much of the waste commonly found in liquid finishing processes. This reduction of wastes saves companies money on waste disposal equipment.

To learn more, visit www.powdercoating.org.

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Citrus Under Attack

(NAPSI)—A disease called huanglongbing (HLB) that’s often carried by a small insect called the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) is threatening the oranges, mandarin oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines that you like to eat.

ACP has been detected in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. It’s also in Asia, China India, South and Central America and Mexico.

California, the second-largest citrus-producing state in the U.S., is especially concerned. The California Senate Republican Office of Policy says ACP and HLB could cost the state’s nearly $1.9 billion citrus industry about $224 million a year.

The Office of Policy sounded the alarm last year because of what’s happening in Florida. It determined that Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry, which supports 76,000 jobs, loses about $300 million a year due to ACP and HLB. About 60,000 acres of trees have been removed in that state—that’s 10 percent of Florida’s citrus production. Some estimate that nearly all of Florida’s citrus trees may be infected within 12 years.

“HLB disease causes the fruit to become inedible and the tree has to be destroyed to prevent the disease from spreading,” said Lance Walheim, author of “Citrus,” a citrus grower and gardening expert for Bayer Advanced™. “Worse yet, there’s no cure.”

What Homeowners Can Do

According to the National Gardening Association, 12 million households in the U.S. grow fruit trees, including citrus. So, what should homeowners do to protect their citrus trees from ACP?

Bayer Advanced Fruit, Citrus and Vegetable Insect Control (www.BayerAdvanced.com) kills ACP and other destructive pests such as citrus leafminer. Just mix it in a watering can and apply it to the base of the citrus tree. It protects from the inside out. Always read and follow label directions.

If you happen to see ACP on your citrus trees, be sure to call your county extension service. You can also learn more by visiting www.Saveourcitrus.org and www.Californiacitrusthreat.org.

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Weed Management Program Can Help Farmers Improve Crop Performance and Productivity

(NAPSI)—A new program can help farmers protect their yield potential and improve productivity through effective weed management.

A few species of weeds have developed resistance to certain herbicides. In response, Roundup Ready PLUS™ Weed Management Solutions can provide farmers with a set of best management recommendations to help control these glyphosate-resistant weeds, such as Palmer pigweed and tall waterhemp, where they exist-and reduce the risk of developing them where they don’t.

“Farmers need to be proactive—rather than reactive—when it comes to managing herbicide-tolerant weeds and preventing their spread,” says Bill Johnson, professor of weed science at Purdue University. “Be aware of the weeds becoming more difficult to control and go after your worst weed problems with two modes of action.”

The program also provides financial incentives to support farmers who purchase and use qualifying residual herbicides in their weed management program. One Midwest farmer, Adam Edwards, is using residual herbicides in his corn and soybean fields to help reduce the risk of weed resistance that some neighboring farmers are experiencing.

“Roundup Ready PLUS is a good program, and we’re going to continue participating without a doubt,” Edwards says. “We feel good knowing we are trying to manage the spread of resistance, and it’s nice to get that incentive check as a thank-you for being proactive.”

Mark Bauman, agronomy marketing manager for Illinois ag retailer M & M Service Company, says demand for residual herbicides from his farmer customers has more than doubled. “Most growers realize that residual herbicides have value, but it is an expense they were not used to having,” he explains. “This program helps lower their per-acre cost of using these herbicides.”

Monsanto Company developed the program in partnership with farmers, weed scientists and other industry members. Recommendations emphasize incorporating multiple mechanisms of action with residual herbicides to provide effective pre- and post-herbicide combinations to manage these hard-to-control weeds.

Further Information

Visit www.roundupreadyplus.com to learn more. Always follow IRM, where applicable, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions.

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