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    Stewardship Tips: Nematodes

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    The raccoons are at it again. As the weather cools, they begin to forage for food outside of their normal range. Since grubs are feeding near the surface, the raccoons are digging up lawns in search of them.
    Quite honestly, the raccoons are doing us a favor. You may have thought you had the grubs under control. The meticulously and methodically overturned sod in your yard tells you otherwise. If the raccoons are digging up your lawn, more than likely, you have grubs.

     

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    Stewardship Tips: Menhaden

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    Commercial boats still prowl Virginia’s side of the Chesapeake. They are large boats and are supported by a fleet of aircraft. Acting as spotters, the planes direct the boats to the pods of menhaden.
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    Stewardship Tips: Going Car Free

    It is Car Free Day today in the D.C. Metro.  According to carfreemetrodc.org, the goal of Car Free Day is to reduce traffic congestion.  This helps to create a greener environment and reduce gasoline demand. Worldcarfree.net expands upon the goals of Car Free Day by stating, “We do not want just one day of celebration…it is up to us…to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.”
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    Stewardship Tips: Wait to Fertilize

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    It is not ideal to fertilize your lawn during the heat of the summer.  If fertilizer is applied when the temperature is excessively hot, it can burn your lawn.  Moreover, if the soil is dry, fertilizer granules can be easily washed into the street and down the sewer.
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    Stewardship Tips: Bait Buckets and White Perch

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    According to Dr. Kevin Pope, sedimentation and erosion have significantly altered the habitat of Branched Oak Lake, a large, flood control reservoir in Eastern Nebraska.  As a result, the lake has lost critical near-shore habitat; turbid, open-water areas have started to dominate the lake.  In addition, the introduction of the white perch has changed the population dynamics of the fish community.  White perch numbers have increased precipitously over the last decade resulting in a stunted white perch population.  Biologists suspect that this unchecked white perch population is severely limiting the recruitment of sport fishes such as walleye.
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    Stewardship Tips: IUU

    Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing can have a significant impact on a fishery.

    In order to evade limits, seasons, and regulations, boats will register with, and fly the flag of, a state that is not a party to international agreements.  Fishing under these flags of convenience, IUU fishers have been know to enter waters illegally, fill their holds with excessive numbers of fish, and fish with tackle that damages local ecosystems.  The ultimate problem with IUU fishing is undocumented over-exploitation of a resource.
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    Stewardship Tips: Buy Firewood Locally

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    Burn it where you buy it.

    Small insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long Horned beetle can devastate a forest.  Both species have been, and can be, transported in firewood.
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    Stewardship Tip: Zebra Mussels

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    Unfortunately, zebra mussels, at least locally, are back in the news:

    “The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at Offutt Base Lake near Bellevue (NE).”
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    Stewardship Tips: Catch and Release Nets

    Have you converted yet?

    Knot free nets are available in all sizes and price ranges.

    Knot free nets, also known as catch and release nets, use a rubber or synthetic mesh. By virtue of its smooth surface, a knot free net can help to prevent injuries to the fins and protective mucous on a fish’s scales.

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    Stewardship Tips: Spilled Anti-Freeze

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    Sometimes, Stewardship Tips write themselves. I don’t know if that is a good thing.

    I stopped on Saturday at the local convenience store to fill up the truck and pick up a few things. There it was.

    A pool of automotive anti-freeze, eerily luminescent, sat, stagnant, in the curb leading up to the store’s entrance.
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