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Consumer Reports looks at the use of Pesticides on Produce to Help Consumers Reduce Exposure

 

Risk Guide for 48 Fruits and Vegetables from 14 Countries; Choosing Organic Always the Safest Choice but in Many Cases Conventional Can Be As Low Risk

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet.  A new study by Consumer Reports looks at the risks of pesticide residues for 48 fruits and vegetables from around the globe to come up with guidelines to help consumers reduce their exposure to these toxic chemicals.

An accompanying 40-page report, “Pesticide Use in Produce,” from Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center provides a closer look at the consequences of pesticide use for those who produce food, wildlife, and the environment. «Read the rest of this article»

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April is Homeschooler’s Month at Land Between The Lakes

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – April is Homeschooler’s Month across Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. We invite homeschooling families to use Land Between The Lakes as their outdoor classroom this spring. Pick up an “Explorers Passport” at Homeplace, Nature Station, or Golden Pond Planetarium.

Take the passport to each attraction and complete activities to earn an official Explorer Patch and Certificate.

The Homeplace at LBL.

The Homeplace at LBL.

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Come out to Land Between the Lakes’ Woodlands Nature Station for Girl Scout Day, March 28th

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Woodlands Nature Station, at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, will host Girl Scout Day on March 28th, ongoing from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Events and information will be geared towards helping Girl Scouts of different levels work towards earning achievement awards. Come check out hands-on activities, informative booths, scavenger hunts, staff-led programs, and more.

Barred Owl photo taken at Woodlands Nature Station. (Brooke Gilley)

Barred Owl photo taken at Woodlands Nature Station. (Brooke Gilley)

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Experience Spring Break at Land Between the Lakes Nature Station

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area offers a variety of family-friendly programs for all ages at Woodlands Nature Station on weekdays during most of the spring breaks in the area.

Spring Break programs will be offered at 2:00pm, now through April 12th. Nature Station is open 10:00am-5:00pm Wednesday-Sunday, March and November and 7 days, April-October.

Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station offers a close up look at many native wildlife species. (O'Neil Arnold, KY Toursim)

Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Station offers a close up look at many native wildlife species. (O’Neil Arnold, KY Toursim)

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Land Between the Lakes Turkey Quota Hunt Application Deadline is February 28th

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – The deadline for Turkey Quota Hunt Permit applications at Land Between The Lakes is February 28th, 2015. Hunters may apply online, 24/7, at www.lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/ or by phone until 4:00pm February 27th.

If applying by phone, call 270.924.2065, 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reveals new “One Stop” that lets users Apply, Renew, and Verify Licenses All in One Place

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) today officially unveiled the One Stop licensing database which streamlines how customers can apply, renew and verify their licenses.

One Stop is a customer-friendly and efficient online resource where professionals can download vital documents needed to obtain or renew their licenses. One Stop also creates more transparency because it creates a new way to verify licensees’ current information, allowing consumers to make more informed choices.  «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory could help develop better Weather Forecasts

 

Written by Carol Rasmussen
NASA Earth Science News Team

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – If you were trying to forecast tomorrow’s weather, you would probably look up at the sky rather than down at the ground. But if you live in the U.S. Midwest or someplace with a similar climate, one key to a better weather forecast may lie beneath your feet.

Precipitation and temperature are part of every weather forecast. Precipitation comes from clouds, clouds are formed of airborne water vapor, and vapor comes from evaporating soil moisture — so soil moisture governs precipitation.

NASA's SMAP's soil moisture measurements will help with forecasts of precipitation and temperature. (UCAR)

NASA’s SMAP’s soil moisture measurements will help with forecasts of precipitation and temperature. (UCAR)

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NASA launches Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory into orbit around Earth

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet.

The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22am PST (9:22am EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket.

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 West at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, beginning a three-year mission to map Earth's vital moisture hidden in the soils beneath our feet. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 West at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, beginning a three-year mission to map Earth’s vital moisture hidden in the soils beneath our feet. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Land Between The Lakes to celebrate Fort Henry 153rd Anniversary

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to the 153rd Fort Henry Anniversary Program and Walk. Local history about the Civil War in the area will be presented on Saturday, February 7th, from 1:00pm-2:30pm at The Homeplace.

A guided ¼ mile walk follows the program from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Fort Henry Trail parking area. The walk is weather dependent. Registration and full deposit required:  $5.00/adults and $3.00/children. Call 270.924.2020 to make a reservation. «Read the rest of this article»

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LBL Quota Turkey Hunt Applications available starting February 1st

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY - Turkey Quota Hunt applications for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available February 1st-28th. Hunters may apply online at lblquotahunt.hometracker.com or by phone at 270.924.2065. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone.

Three quota hunts in both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of Land Between The Lakes require prior application. Hunting is not permitted between these dates.

Turkeys strut their stuff at Land Between the Lakes. (Ray Stainfield)

Turkeys strut their stuff at Land Between the Lakes. (Ray Stainfield)

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