Stories by Kelly Riley

A simple solution to plastic bags

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I see farmer’s fields littered with plastic bags. Equipment gets tangled in plastic. I see bags stuck in trees. I know they get swept in creeks and streams and out into our oceans.

Groundhog Day is chance to break cycle

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the Super Bowl Groundhog Day approaches … think about the Bill Murray movie. … Are you stuck in a negative loop? Could you improve and make things right?

Silage responsibility: Protect our future

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I remember one of the first times I learned about silage leachate and how toxic it can be to aquatic life. Luckily, my first experience wasn’t looking at a bunch of dead rotting fish trying to get out of their polluted homes. I was simply reading about it, and talking about conservation practices to help […]

Balloon releases: What goes up, must come down

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Balloons become pollution, and sometimes, deadly pollution.

Don’t give bats a bad rap —they just need help and understanding

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recently, a friend told me about a bat flying in their barn. It was late December and right before a cold spell. It landed and was hanging on a board in the rafters, and they wanted to know what to do about it. Well, she wanted to “help” it, and her husband wanted to kill, […]

Beyond county lines: Taking a watershed approach to conservation

Thursday, November 8, 2012

By KIMBERLY BREWSTER The term “watershed” has been a buzzword in recent years, popping up in discussions about conservation, water quality, and land management. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a watershed is “the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean.” Water […]

A fair is an opportunity for lessons

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does time fly when you’re having fun, or is it that you’re just so busy you don’t realize where the time went? Either way, summer is my favorite time of the year. Yes, it’s hot, but I admit I love it. I enjoy the sunshine, afternoon thunderstorms, birds chirping, lightning bugs, and fields of green. […]

Get your land ‘buff’ and in shape

Thursday, March 22, 2012

To get in shape, or “buff” as the slang term implies is to have good muscle tone, be physically fit, and trim. Well, I’m not talking about you and your body, what I’m talking about is your land and property. Whether you own a half acre, five acres or hundreds of acres, your land is […]

Quick tips for holiday conservation

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It’s hunting season. Depending on your perspective, you imagine hunting as wearing camouflage, being in the woods in the early morning hours and waiting for the perfect moment as a large buck or doe comes into view in your scope … or … you scour the local ads, online deals and also do the early […]

Wet weather brings small treasures: vernal pools

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Like most people, radio stations, diner conversations and forecasters, the talk of late has been about the dreaded wet weather we have been experiencing. Even when the sun does come out, we have a long ways to go before the fields dry up. Although it may feel good to vent, complaining doesn’t change the situation. […]

Keep horses in the barn little longer to give pastures a fighting chance

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh the joys of spring, birds migrating back, grasses starting to green up, blowing winds, extreme weather changes, and yes, mud! Very few of us can escape the wrath of soil mixed with excessive amounts of water, otherwise know as mud. For livestock owners, this is a critical time of year when we must manage […]

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