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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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