Celebrate Great Outdoors and Water Month in one of These Forests

National Forests Replanting Our National Forests Celebrate Great Outdoors and Water Month in one of These Forests By Sheereen Othman | June 1, 2017 June marks two national celebrations: National Great Outdoors Month AND National Rivers and Water Month. Great Outdoors Month is an initiative designed to get people active outdoors. The timing couldn’t be better as it’s the start of summer and end of the school year, what better way to mark the occasion than playing in the sun? National Rivers and Water Month is also set in June. It’s a time to pause and reflect on all that clean rivers and streams do for us. More than 180 million Americans depend on watersheds including rivers for their drinking water. We know the importance of a healthy forest to provide clean water. Read From Forest to Faucet – the importance of trees in helping to keep your drinking water safe and clean When watersheds are damaged or impaired, it doesn’t only affect wildlife in the forest that depend on ..
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But not for me by Elizabeth Licata

Photo by Edmund Cardoni Some plants are just untouchable, iconic. Lilacs are among those plants. They’re immortalized in poetry, like “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” Or glorious in cities, as in Rochester’s lilac festival or New York’s Cloisters. Yet, I removed two large lilacs from my property within two years of moving in, and I was reminded why yesterday when two of my work colleagues came to me with their lilac problems. (I have a totally undeserved reputation as the gardening question go-to in the office.) One told me she’d had a lilac that had never bloomed in maybe 10 years. The other wondered why her lilac had bloomed profusely some years and this year she had maybe one or two blooms at most. For the one whose had never bloomed, I have only one solution—get rid of it. Ten years is way too long to wait for any plant. But to both of them, I confessed that I was not a big lilac fan, at least for my garden. They really need full sun, which is why I could never figure..
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