Category Archives: Conservation Corner

Ticks

Ticks spread Lyme disease to people and other animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, in humans, untreated Lyme disease can create an array of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. Anyone who has spent time outdoors should be aware of the potential symptoms, which can include fever, rash (classic erethema […]

Conservation Corner – May 2017

Dented cans have long been a source of confusion and concern for shoppers. They may be discounted and seem like a good deal, but some of the items in those dented cans may not be safe to eat. Damaged cans may be harboring food that contains botulism and other toxins. According to the United States […]

Conservation Corner

Did You Know?

Outdoor exercise can benefit both the planet and the people doing the exercising. By exercising outdoors
instead of at home or at indoor fitness centers, men and women can reduce their carbon footprints. Exercising in the great outdoors does not require the use of energy-consuming fitness machines.
In addition, when […]

Conservation Corner – March 2017

Preparing meals at home remains the least expensive way to eat. The budgeting resource Cheapism.com compared the costs of a classic chicken dinner, accounting for variables such as tip, food waste and family size, made at home and at a restaurant. The comparison determined that a home-cooked meal costs as much as 60 percent less […]

CONSERVATION CORNER – FEBRUARY 2017

Did You Know?

Established in 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the busiest park in the United States, annually attracting approximately 10 million visitors. e park, which covers 800 square miles of mountainous terrain in both North Carolina and Tennessee, typically draws 60,000 visitors on a weekend day in the summer. Many of those […]

Conservation Corner – January 2017

Buying in bulk is one way to save money and protect the environment. Bulk items that can be stored without expiring reduce the need to travel to and from the store frequently, saving time and gas. In addition, bulk items typically feature less packaging than smaller-sized products and o en cost less per unit. Perishables […]

Conservation Corner – December 2016

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel is by personal vehicle. And while many people may associate holiday travel with long lines at airport check-in counters and security checkpoints, the BTS notes that just 5 to 6 percent of holiday trips are taken by air. e remaining 2 to […]

Conservation Corner – November 2016

Did You Know?

Solar energy and harnessing the power of the sun for reasons beyond natural light is not a new concept. British astronomer John Herschel converted solar power by using a solar collector box to cook food while on an expedition in Africa in 1830. And in 1931, Albert Einstein collected a Nobel Prize […]

Conservation Corner

Raking leaves may be an autumn tradition for many homeowners, but those who want a less strenuous way to prevent their lawns from being suffocated by fallen leaves may want to consider mulching them. Fallen leaves should never be left to linger on a yard for very long, and some homeowners may be surprised to learn that waiting to […]

Conservation Corner – August 2016

Some may argue that grills, with their charcoal and natural gas heating components sending carbon gases into the air, are bad for the environment. But the disposable plastic containers, dishes and cutlery that are staples of outdoor entertaining may be more harmful to the environment.

In addition to the energy expended and the chemicals used […]