| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Blocking Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes could require an engineering marvel that rivals the reversal of the Chicago River more than a century ago, according to a new federal study that promises to reignite a fierce debate about the region's...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Through a happy accident involving a pair of high-attitude balloons, Clark Magnet High School students have detailed images of the mountains charred by the 2009 Station Fire, allowing them to study how well the area is recovering.
The group, working...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:02 PM
The feast is over for 45 goats that have been chowing down on invasive plants at a Naperville park.
The goats cleared five acres at Knoch Knolls Park on the city's south side within two weeks, and since they were ahead of schedule, they moved across the...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 1:28 PM
The acres of ravines and bluffs carved into the landscape – host to running water, as well as native plants and animal species – characterize North Shore communities along Lake Michigan.
The ravines, some suffering from neglect and...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:48 AM
The connection between Colorado wildfires and an idyllic Chicago nature haven isn't immediately apparent.
But the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; chicagobotanic.org) is about more than a Japanese island garden or a bevy of...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The phrase of the day was "invasive plants," defined as species that take over an area outside their natural environments at the expense of native plants.
Students from three Howard County middle schools have already learned enough about invasive...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Supporters of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park are understandably alarmed by a BGE plan to build a new gas pipeline through the area. The pipeline, which serves about 90,000 customers in the city and county, was one of the first such conduits built in the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Large swaths of open space along highways across the state have gone from green to brown recently, and, State Highway Administration officials say, it's all to help out the environment.
After years of unchecked vegetative growth under a tight...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 9:52 PM
The Game, Fish and Parks Department recently launched an awareness campaign to help control the spread of aquatic invasive species, which are defined as non-native and damaging animals and plants.
The main focus of the SD Least Wanted campaign is to...
| Jul 13, 2013
Kim Hunter pulled into her parents' driveway with her year-old kids in tow.
Mariah and Portia jumped from the back seat and immediately started noshing on some high grass.
Mariah and Portia are goats, part of a herd of about 100 that Hunter owns and...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:04 PM
My neighbor said she will give me a plant that had white flowers with four petals and a center that sticks up like a skinny green nose. Leaves are a pointy heart shape. It filled in a huge bare area for her, but she doesn't know the name.