Rain in the garden

Frederick News Post
Because we frequently editorialize on politics and government, it’s a nice change for us — and our readers, we hope — when we can focus on something that’s truly positive and uplifting. In this case, it’s the rain garden adjacent to St. James Episcopal Church in Mount Airy. Nancy Hernandez’s story about this little gem of a project was in Sunday’s News-Post, on page E-8. We hope you read it, as we did, with interest. If not, we recommend digging out your Sunday edition and doing so. We like this story because it’s about people working together to solve a problem. It also involves improving the environmental, and may even be of help to Frederick County residents as they seek solutions to stormwater runoff and ways to address the (drumroll) “rain tax.

Natural Wonder

Frederick News Post
here are 190 certified backyard wildlife habitats in Frederick County. Judging by the testimonials that appeared in FNP reporter Pete McCarthy's Sunday story, "Nature for rent," these habitats are as valuable to those who maintain them as they are to the creatures they were created for.Human beings, including many here in Frederick County, are losing their physical connection and emotional bond to the natural world. Increasingly, daily life is spent in office buildings, cars and malls; TV, cell phones and the Internet are our passions. That's a real shame -- for both us and nature.

Nature for rent

Residents encouraged to create wildlife habitats
Frederick News Post
Pete McCarthy
Maryland natural resources officials and the National Wildlife Federation are pushing for more residents to slow the loss of wildlife habitats. Following just four simple guidelines is enough to qualify. Residents must look to provide food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young, David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, said. The backyard program has been in existence nearly 40 years, with more than 150,000 certified around the country.