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Top 5 North Carolina Parks to Explore this Summer

Living in North Carolina has so many perks – like our amazing state parks! Get active and explore these Top 5 North Carolina Parks this summer. North Carolina State Parks challenges you to hike, walk, bike, run, swim, paddle or roll 100 miles on our state’s trails and waterways before the end of 2017. Sign up today for the NC 100 Miles Challenge if you need an extra incentive to visit all these amazing parks. 1. William B. Umstead State Park Divided into two sections, Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek, this 5,579-acre park is easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70 with 5,000 acres of gorgeous scenery waiting to be explored. There are more than 32 miles of hiking, …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on August 2, 2017

Pollinators – What the buzz is all about

Did you know? Every third week of June is Pollinator Week! National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Throughout this week, and other holidays such as World Honeybee Day, there are events all across the country to educate and raise awareness for our pollinators. But why are pollinators so important? Pollinators are often keystone species critical to an ecosystem. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants can’t produce seeds and fruits which would leave people and wildlife without food. The Pollinator Partnership has put together some interesting facts about pollinators: An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators. In the US alone, pollination produces nearly $20 billion …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature on June 29, 2017

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees – Which are better?

  It’s that time of the year again. Your neighbors have already finished decorating their house with lights, ornaments and Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving, but you’re still debating whether it is more eco-friendly to cut down a live Christmas tree or if you should stop by the store for an artificial one. The answer to this much debated problem might surprise you!   Harmful Chemicals According to Rodale’s Organic Life, fake trees are made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and the toxic chemical dioxin is released during PVC production. PVC is one of the most environmentally offensive forms of non-renewable, petroleum-derived plastic. Not only is it harmful to the environment but also to your health. Real trees are …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, Sustainability on December 4, 2015

Ecotourism in North Carolina

As summer approaches and the sun warms us up, people will start planning their summer vacations. Tourism can have a big impact on a region not only financially, but also environmentally, so it is important to be mindful when planning your next vacation. Ecotourism within our state is booming and there are all sorts of options of ways to relax, learn, explore, and have fun, while stimulating the local economy and minimizing negative environmental impacts. The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” The principles of ecotourism are: ·         Minimize impact ·         Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect ·         Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts ·         Provide direct …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on June 2, 2014

Exploring Our Environment – University Events

One of the wonderful things about living in beautiful (and sometimes icy) North Carolina is that residents all across the state have access to tremendous cultural and educational centers through its colleges and universities. Many institutes of higher education are asking serious questions about our energy future and are hosting events that look at current environmental issues and innovative solutions. Universities in the Research Triangle area have several events coming up within the next few months that are sure to inspire and further the discussion about North Carolina’s renewable energy future and environmental concerns. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the UNC Institute for the Environment will be highlighting environmental and resource management issues. For a full …[ MORE ]

Posted in Nature, North Carolina on February 20, 2014