A graduate student looks over crops at U of I's Woody Perennial Polyculture site

Rob Kanter

July 08, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Two U of I Students Champion “Restoration Agriculture” at South Farms Site

The Woody Perennial Polyculture site at U of I's South Farms employs principles of what is known as permaculture - taking advantage of natural systems rather than constant technological intervention, replacing annual crops with perennial ones, and replacing monoculture with a diverse, complementary suite of crops


Softshell, Painted Turtle and Red-Eared Sliders sit on rocks at the shore of a pond

Rob Kanter

June 05, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Appreciating Everyday Wildlife

Summer means traveling and the opportunity to see wildlife in other places, but looking around one's own hometown can yield a surprising diversity of animals


Rob Kanter holds a Middle Fork smallmouth bass

G.K. Appler

March 13, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Speak out to protect the Middle Fork

The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is the only Illinois waterway with the designation “National Wild and Scenic River.” But there's a potential accident waiting to happen: a shuttered Dynegy power plant to the north contains three ponds of toxic coal ash in the river's floodplain. These are virtually guaranteed to wind up in the river eventually as the Middle Fork itself meanders toward these coal ash ponds



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