by Michael Stroud, Natural Resources Commissioner St. Charles, with its accessible riverfront and magnificent open spaces is a beautiful place to call home, and we have a responsibility to take care of and enhance the gift given to us by nature. One way to do this is through the creation of food forest gardens. The first and most well-known, successful food forest garden is Carver Edible Park in Asheville, North Carolina, established in 1997. It hosts over 40 varieties of fruit and nut trees and berry bushes. A huge vegetable garden is planted annually,… Read More Food Forest Gardens
by Natural Resources Commissioner Heather Goudreau The fall decor is all put away and we’re onto a new holiday season. It’s a season of friends, family gift giving, cookie exchanges and celebrations. There are many ways to make your holiday gift wrapping a bit greener. Avoid shiny/foil looking wrapping paper, it is mixed material which… Read More Green Holiday Tips
Earlier this spring, Natural Resources Commissioner Angela Churchill posted information regarding the negative effects of volcano mulching on the NRC’s Facebook page. The topic generated a huge amount of interest. In fact, the post was read by 265,000 people in the United States and many other countries, including as far as Ghana, Africa! In case… Read More St. Charles Natural Resources Commission Goes Viral and Global!
By Commissioner Suzi Myers One of my all-time favorite paintings is Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” which he painted in St. Remy, France, in 1889. Sadly, the Milky Way and many of the stars that inspired him can no longer be seen at this location. Why? Light pollution has taken away our night skies. What is… Read More What is Light Pollution?
Submitted by Commissioner Suzi Myers Are you looking for something to do this fall? Have a cell phone? How about looking for a Witness Tree and verifying its existence? A Witness Tree a historic tree that has remained in place for decades or even centuries after noteworthy events as well as ordinary events have unfolded around it. During the 1800s when Europeans… Read More Witness Trees of Illinois
Sandra Rincon QMHP, MSW When police officers or firefighters respond to a call, they often find that crisis intervention for a traumatized victim, mental health assistance, or other services are desperately needed. That’s when the expertise of Sandra Rincon, the St. Charles Police Social Worker comes in. Since 2014, the St. Charles Police Department has benefitted… Read More Social Worker’s Professional Skills Complement Police Department Services
Submitted by Natural Resources Commission Student Comm. Daniella Taylor Growing a garden is an easy way for you to be sustainable and grow delicious foods. However, sometimes in an effort to be more efficient with our gardens, we forget to keep sustainability in mind. There are many small changes you can make in order to… Read More Sustainable Gardening
by Natural Resources Student Commissioner Daniella Taylor As spring fades to summer, people are anxious to dust off their grills and gather for a BBQ with their family and friends (COVID safe of course). While sustainability might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to your annual 4th of July BBQ,… Read More Green Grilling
From police to public works and most every public position in between, May is the month that public service is in the spotlight. In 2020, COVID shined a light on the essential services public workers routinely provide. The tasks usually are not very glamorous. But public service employees often are working around-the-clock so you can… Read More Public Service in the Spotlight in May
Submitted by Natural Resources Commissioner Lee Haggas The typical suburban homeowner lives in thrall to his or her lawn. The mowing, the fertilizing, the aerating, the maintenance – it can all add up to hours and dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. For those ready to chuck the mower and ditch the seeder, there… Read More A Sedge for All Reasons