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Reduce holiday waste with these 5 easy ideas

‘Tis the season to celebrate, but how can we do it without sending an extra five-million tons of trash to the landfills? Consider these five easy ways to give the gift of a cleaner environment to all.

Wrap it up

Most wrapping paper and bows are not recyclable. Look for recycled-content wrapping paper to wrap […]

Which is more eco-friendly, a real or artificial Christmas tree?

This time of year, the question is almost always asked. Is a real or artificial Christmas tree the most environmentally responsible?

There are many reasons why real Christmas trees are more eco-friendly. Real trees are both a renewable and biodegradable natural resource. On average, it takes about seven years to raise a Christmas tree to marketable […]

Cut a red cedar for the holidays

Bundle up the family for a trek through the woods to cut down an invasive, red cedar tree to decorate for the holidays, and help Kansas City WildLands restore a prairie at the Kansas City WildLands Cedar Tree Event on Saturday, December 1.

Kansas City WildLands, in partnership with Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is […]

Will climate change impact fall colors?

It’s the time of year when deciduous trees turn brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow. But in some parts of the country, the fall foliage display is becoming shorter and leaves are turning brown. Could climate change be impacting the intensity of fall tree foliage colors?

Most scientists agree that an uptick in the intensity of hurricanes, […]

Order native tree seedlings for spring

The Missouri Department of Conservation grows three-million tree seedlings each year to sell to residents for as little as 22 cents each.

The MDC George O. White State Nursery offers one-year-old, bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species. Tree and shrub seedling varieties include pine, pecan, oak, dogwood, tulip poplar, cottonwood, sweet gum, cypress, birch, hickory, willow, […]