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Growing Things: Keep high-nitrogen fertilizer away from fruit-bearing trees

Nature Edmonton Journal

Q: My honeycrisp apple tree, planted in summer 2016, bore fruit in 2017. It did not flower in 2018, which was expected. This year, we were looking forward to another crop of apples; however, there are no blossoms on the honeycrisp whatsoever, which
'Q: My honeycrisp apple tree, planted in summer 2016, bore fruit in 2017. It did not flower in 2018, which was expected. This year, we were looking forward to another crop of apples; however, there are no blossoms on the honeycrisp whatsoever, which surprised me. Are they not strictly biennial? Or am I failing to do something that would encourage my tree to bear fruit? If the latter, what can you suggest for next year? Read More'

Will proposed Hampton Woods Townhouses in Southampton be Affordable?

Nature Shoreline Beacon Times

Water management, affordability and saving trees were discussed at a public meeting July 15 on a draft plan of subdivision for the proposed 35 townhouse Hampton Woods subdivision, north of the Saugeen River in Southampton. The three-hectare
'Water management, affordability and saving trees were discussed at a public meeting July 15 on a draft plan of subdivision for the proposed 35 townhouse Hampton Woods subdivision, north of the Saugeen River in Southampton. Read More'

Bear Euthanized at Liard Hot Springs

Nature Energeticcity.ca

FORT NELSON, B.C. – Last weekend a black bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs.
'FORT NELSON, B.C. – Last weekend a black bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs.In a statement by BC Parks, on Sunday, July 14th, 2019, a black bear roamed into a tent within the Liard Hot Springs Lodge campsite, adjacent to, but outside, the boundaries of Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park.The bear accessed items in a tent and awoke individuals who were sleeping in the tent at the time.The bear remained in the area moving across the road and into the park.The bear continued to demonstrate habituated behaviour within the park over the next number of hours.Due to habituation of the bear, it was euthanized later in the day.The public is reminded to be bear aware and to store attractants in a secure location away from their tent.Tips on bear deterrents and managing attractants can be found on the site BearSmart.com The following are a list of items from the BearSmart website that can attract bears while you are camping.What Attracts Bears?Anything that has an odour or could be considered food may attract wildlife to your site.Coolers – full/empty Food and Condiments Garbage/Wrappings/Plastic Bags Dishes/Pots Pet Food/Bowls Bottles/Cans: full/empty Tablecloths Toiletries/Suntan Lotion/Insect Spray Camp Stoves & Barbecues Containers of Gasoline/Oil ANY items associated with food preparation or clean up (soap, dishcloths, towels, & clothing worn while cooking.Grey Water Pails For more information on being Bear Smart;  CLICK HERE . The post Bear Euthanized at Liard Hot Springs appeared first on Energeticcity.ca .'

Blue Accounting Releases Comprehensive Database of Coastal Wetlands Projects in the Great Lakes Basin

Nature Water Canada

Blue Accounting has released a comprehensive database of coastal wetlands protection, restoration, and enhancement projects in the Great Lakes Basin.
'Blue Accounting has released a comprehensive database of coastal wetlands protection, restoration, and enhancement projects in the Great Lakes Basin.Using the database, decision-makers and stakeholders can view state, federal, provincial, and private investments side-by-side and track progress toward acreage goals identified for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). “The list of organizations that invest in and manage coastal wetlands is long and getting longer all the time,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and executive director of the Minnesota-based Freshwater. “To understand how much progress we are making and where the next investments should be, the Commission and all the investing organizations need a big picture view of the work that is being done across all of these state, provincial, federal, and private partners.” Blue Accounting worked with the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly to launch the  Coastal Wetlands issue  on the hub.The Coastal Assembly is a regional partnership of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and academic researchers dedicated to working together to conserve and restore lands and waters in the critically important coastal zones of the Great Lakes. “There is a great community of coastal wetlands practitioners and experts around the Basin,” said Michelle Selzer, lake coordinator with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and Coastal Assembly member. “These ecosystems not only provide critical habitat, but also buffer our shorelines during storms, filter runoff, and attract tourism.We’re excited to work with Blue Accounting to raise the profile of these important systems and have an accessible, transparent way to track our progress toward protecting, restoring and enhancing them.” The information hub has interactive maps displaying  investments  and progress toward GLRI  acreage targets .  These maps allow users to filter results by attributes like jurisdiction and congressional district and generate custom tables and graphs.The interface also supports networking by allowing users to access individual project details and contact information.Going forward, Blue Accounting and the Coastal Assembly will continue to grow the hub’s data sources, with the goal of delivering data from all states, provinces, federal agencies, and private organizations working on coastal wetlands.The suite of goals and metrics tracked will also be expanded to include additional environmental, social, and economic goals and metrics. “We care about wetland acreage because of the value those acres provide for fish, wildlife, and people,” said Christie Deloria, co-chair of the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly. “I’m excited to begin developing stories and visualizations in the next several months that complement the acreage data and begin showing those values.” The  Great Lakes Commission  (GLC) and  The Nature Conservancy  co-lead Blue Accounting, in partnership with federal, state, provincial, local, and private sector organizations.Blue Accounting receives funding support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Fred A. and Barbara M.Erb Family Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Herbert H. and Grace A.Dow Foundation. . The post Blue Accounting Releases Comprehensive Database of Coastal Wetlands Projects in the Great Lakes Basin appeared first on Water Canada .'