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New life: Dying trees become useful, beautiful objects for University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Urban life can take its toll on a tree. Pollution, trenching to lay underground utility lines, soil compaction, it’s all very hard on an old tree, and the red oak tree in front of the Agricultural Sciences Building on the University of Kentucky campus had seen better days. But its story won’t end in piles of mulch. Instead, its wood will find its way into...

The Learning Center’s Environmental Stewardship class caps successful gardening season

As the school year winds down, students at The Learning Center can really see how their work has flourished in the revitalized garden behind the Price Road building. The finale of the semester was to add native Kentucky plants that will attract monarch butterflies, insects, birds, and other pollinators to help the vegetables thrive. The Environmental Stewardship class braved mid-May’s hot sun to...

Coal billionaire Justice agrees to pay $900,000 penalty for polluting rivers, largely in Kentucky

Southern Coal billionaire owner Jim Justice, the Democratic nominee for governor of West Virginia, has agreed to pay a $900,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that his company’s mining operations “illegally polluted Appalachian rivers and streams,” Jeff Sturgeon reports for The Roanoke Times. Federal officials said they documented 23,693 violations, largely in Kentucky (nearly...

Future is in the water, literally, as Madison County 5th-graders turn creek into classroom

Waco Elementary fifth-graders wade through Cane's Creek in Madison County to study the importance of healthy waterways. (Photo by Carol Spence, UK College of Agriculture)   By Carol Spence University of Kentucky   Scott Darst can see the future. It’s not difficult, because at the moment the future is standing all around him, ankle deep in stream water and squealing with delight when another...