Impact of Invasive Plants in the Woodlands of the Eastern United States

The United States has since the 1960s worked hard and made significant progress in environmental protection. Before the 1990s, the state and the federal government have concentrated on weed control with pesticides. More importantly, better management methods were adopted after chemical methods were found to endanger human health and the environment [1]. After the 1990s …

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Invasive Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) Introduced as an ornamental, the Callery pear is a medium-sized tree that used to enjoy widespread use as a rugged and attractive street tree. It flowers heavily, producing copious quantities of small fruit that birds enjoy eating. Birds can then carry the seeds far and wide, depositing them in the natural …

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Invasive Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Chinese Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) Lespedeza cuneata, unlike many of the plants on this list, is not a threat to forested areas. It prefers open spaces and full sun and thus invades fields, meadows, and endangered prairies. It can form dense stands and smother native plants. It is extremely difficult to control as well, as it …

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Invasive Vines of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Chinese and Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis, Wisteria floribunda) Wisteria is a trendy ornamental plant with gorgeous flowers and a rapid growth rate. Unfortunately, it has proven capable of escaping cultivation and invading natural environments, where it can smother trees and stop normal forest succession. Wisteria should never be planted, as many excellent native alternatives exist, …

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The History of PROGRESSIVISM

A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy. Theodore Roosevelt The above quote by Theodore Roosevelt indicates the political idea behind the concept of progressivism in America. Progressivism is primarily a political philosophy that derives from the clamor, support for, or advocacy for social …

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THE CHANGING FACE OF ENVIRONMENTALISM

Glenn Ross stands at the precipice of a hill just behind the Kennedy Krieger offices on Biddle Street and looks out at the fourteen-acre landfill below. It is an enormous pile of concrete and building waste that dips then rises like a mountain before us, stretching on the length of several football fields. Ross points …

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What Products Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Everyone has an impact on the Earth. The carbon footprint is a person’s impact on the climate and ecosystem of the earth. There are many products that will reduce your carbon footprint. Appliances can be purchased with an energy star rating so that they reduce the amount of energy you use.You can buy light bulbs …

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