Amazing Monarch butterfly migration underway

Monarch butterflies have begun entering Mexico on their annual migration from the United States and Canada.

The orange-and-black butterflies had been spotted by park rangers entering Coahuila state, on the border with Texas. The butterflies head for the fir- and pine forest of central Mexico, where they spend the winter. No butterfly lives to make the full round trip, and it is unclear how they find the route each year.

Ginseng demand boosts prices, and threat of poaching

In many parts of the eastern United States, autumn ushers in the opportunity to make thousands of dollars digging up a coveted root.

Predictions for this year's American ginseng harvest suggest roots could go for as much as $1,400 per pound. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the annual wholesale value of the American ginseng trade is $26.9 million.

American ginseng grows primarily in the deciduous forests of the Appalachians and Ozarks, where many people harvest it legally and countless others poach the plant from private land and protected areas.

Researchers study how much smoke wildland firefighters can handle

Wildland firefighters don’t care to be called “smoke eaters” anymore, but smoke is what’s on their menu.

And it’s on the minds of Joe Domitrovich and Joe Sol at the U.S. Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center in Missoula, where they’re studying just how much smoke a firefighter can eat – or breathe – before health issues start to hurt performance.

Feeling down? Take a hike

A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.

Specifically, the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

Study Reveals Perspectives and Values of CT’s Woodland Owners

A recent study by Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies takes an in-depth look into the “who and why” of Connecticut private land ownership. The study entitled “Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners” is a first-of-its-kind analysis of the attitude, values, and challenges of people who own woodlands in Connecticut.

Learn about the International Forest of Friendship

The International Forest of Friendship is a living memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. It was a gift to the United States on its 200th birthday in 1976 from the city of Atchinson, Kansas, the International Organization of Women Pilots, and the Kansas Forest Service.

The Forest overlooks Lake Warnock on the outskirts of Atchison. It is made up of trees from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world. Memory Lane honors those who have, and still are, contributing to aviation and aerospace.

MDC Workshop on Prescribed Fire

Landowners can learn to use prescribed fire as a land management tool at a Prescribed Fire Workshop presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. This workshop will be given two different times to provide landowners a better opportunity to attend. The first will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

“Prescribed fire is a low cost method for landowners to use,” said Julie Norris, one of MDC’s Private Lands Conservationists.