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LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION 200 YEARS AGO TODAY 01/06/1805

Captain Clark continues working on his maps on this cold winter day. Captain Lewis notes a brilliant halo around the sun caused by ice crystals in the air.

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TREES ARE BEING USED IN NOVEL WAYS TO HELP CLEAN UP PLANET EARTH.

Plants have long served humanity. The habitats they help create feed both our souls and our bellies. They shelter wildlife and produce the air that we breathe.

Now plants are being asked to take on a new role.....that of helping clean up pollution on our planet. Thousands of acres of forests, wetlands, and prairies have been lost to civilization over the years and until recently that loss have not been realized. This loss has been compounded with the impact of increased pollution. Plants will have their work cut out for them.

Uran areas have been a site of increased studies to see what impact loss of tree cover has on the quality of life and the environment. An American Forest study revealed that urban areas have 21% less tree cover than just 10 years ago. This equates to more air pollution, drinking water, pollution, storm water management, and higher temperatures in what are deemed "urban heat islands". Increasing tree cover will save tax payers billions of dollars nationally and greatly improve everyone's quality of life.

The ability of plant life to clean up the air, water and soil of our planet has a profound economic and environmental impact. One example that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) cites is a study that shows one swamp in South Carolina eliminating the need for a $5 million waste water treatment plant. Using trees to sequester carbon is perhaps one of the newest and most controversialuses of plant life.

Global warning has become a more internationally accepted phenomenon, and carbon credit trading has become an accepted industry. Planting trees to sequester carbon has gained a large amount of economic interest. Large polluters are paying others to plant and maintain trees to offset their emission levels. This has opened up a whole new customer base to the nursery industry.

Trees and other vegetation have long served these environmental cleaning tasks. Humans now are learning to harvest this potential to directly mitigate environmental problems. The next decades will bring to light many more economic and environmental benefits to planting trees.

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TREES AND SHRUBS CAN REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUELS.

Globally, our dependency on fossil fuels has gotten us into a bind. It is now considered certain theat the question is not "WILL" our oil supplies run out, but "WHEN".

Currently, the world consumes 80 million barrels of oil per day. By the year 2025, many predict that the number will increase to 120 million barrels per day. Some Saudi Arabia oil insiders say that estimates for available petroleum reserves made by the United States are simply too high and that Saudi oil fields will reach peak oil production much sooner than thought. According to the EIA (Energy information Administration), the U.S. currently relies on imports of 9.7 million barrels per day of crude oil and domestic production of 5.7 million barrels per day.

As new alternative energy sources are sought out, current methods to reduce dependency on foreign soil supplies will also include a greater reliance on conservation. Conserving energy means decidedly consuming less energy.

Besides actions like driving less or turning doun the thermostat, planting trees is a proven way to reduce energy consumption. Trees can naturally reduce heating and Cooling costs by blocking cold winds, shading from the hot sun or by evaporating cooling water from their leaves.

A well planned landscape can reduce home energy consumption by 30% and reduce surrounding air temperatures by as much as 25F. This can equate to a single family household annual energy savings of $100 to $250.

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GREENSCAPE GARDENS HUMOR OF THE DAY!

A man walks into a bar and sees an older couple who looks very
happy. He asks the bartender why they are so happy, and he says he doesn't know.

The bartender asked the couple if they want anything to drink and they said yes. Then the bartender asks, "Why are you so happy?"

The older couple says, "We just finished a puzzle. It took us 3
years!!!"

"3 years!!!" the bartender said, "It doesn't take that long to do a
puzzle."

"Oh yes it does" said the couple, "It said on the box..... 2 to 3
years".