Compost And Cover Crops Are Revolutionizing Wine Industry

Chateau Montelena's cover crop, photo by Debra Atlas

Award-winning winery Chateau Montelena’s cover crop is helping feed the soil and reduce water use, photo by Debra Atlas

Tradition is the foundation of the wine industry. Grapes are grown in an environment proven to nurture their flavor and volume and always as a single crop, never combined with others.

One of the world’s most unique winegrowing properties, Chateau Montelena, an award-winning winery founded in 1888 in the hills of Napa Valley California, is working to make wine growing more eco-friendly.

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Planting The Future: Forest Conservation Initiative Takes Root

Sustainable land stewardship would help prevent clearcutting and bring economic growth to depressed regions. Photo by Debra Atlas

Sustainable land stewardship would help prevent clearcutting and bring economic growth to depressed regions. Photo by Debra Atlas

Our forests are under siege. Climate change, drought, insect infestations and wildfires are devastating what’s left of our old and second growth forests.

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Champion Coast Redwood Cloned Trees Available for Rehoming

One of California's giant coastal redwoods  that's been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

One of northern California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

As the drought continues, with little sign of breaking, wildfires are claiming much of our beautiful forested land. And these trees will need replacing, whether by the Forest Service or by landowners on private land.

Those of you familiar with earlier posts know about the Archangel Ancient Tree Project and David Milarch, its irrepressible co-founder. For those of you who don’t, Milarch has made it his life mission to save and clone the oldest giant “Champion” trees so that their genetic diversity will be saved for posterity and use these clones to help reforest countries around the world. Having recently met Milarch and having the chance to see some of these tall giants still alive was a fantastic experience. There will definitely be more to write about what I saw and learned over the coming months!

For right now, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive​, a registered non-profit based in Michigan, has a unique opportunity available for those who need to replace burned out trees – or those who wish to expand existing forest land. Milarch’s organization currently has quantities of ​2nd generation Champion coast redwood clones available for planting groves in appropriate areas in “living libraries” to assist ​with migration of the species. These are the largest living organisms on earth and they help offset CO2 emissions​ ​while providing a multitude of other essential ecosystem services.

Milarch says they have approximately 10,000 trees available for those who can use and will care for them. To learn more about these magnificent trees and see how to get them for your property, contact Milarch at (231) 378-4400 or online.

New website lets you help protect and preserve rainforests

The beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

The beauty of the Costa Rican rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

A new website launched by Virgin Rainforest Rescue offers people a chance to help preserve and protect some of the wildest and most vulnerable virgin rainforests in Costa Rica. It’s so simple to do – just purchase one square meter of rainforest at a time.

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Get your Creative On with Thursday’s free webinar!

Green Ideas 2If you missed last week’s session, jump into this free webinar on Thursday, May 2nd! Get Your Creative On: Designing Green Solutions to Meet Today’s Challenges is a fun, thought-provoking and entertaining session. Discover the inspiration and action plan you need to take that idea for a new solution to a problem and make it into a REAL product! See some innovative and fascinating examples of people who have made it work and find out how you can do the same!

Don’t wait! Sign up TODAY for this free session that’s live tomorrow (Thursday), May 2nd from 1-2 pm Pacific. You’ve got nothing to lose and every insight to gain from me, Debra Atlas – a successful environmental writer,  professional blogger, speaker and radio personality. I’m a woman who truly knows GREEN!

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Get Your Creative On in this free webinar!

Get Your Creative On snapshotDid you miss the last one? Then be sure to get on board for Get Your Creative On: Designing Green Solutions to Meet Everyday Challenges Thursday, April 25th from 1-2 pm PST.

In this special free webinar that I’m leading. you’ll:

  • learn how to come up with solutions to real-life green-related challenges
  • discover what it takes to have an idea become a reality.
  • find how to tap into your ability to be the innovator you dreamed you could be.

See some of the cool green innovative products I’ve written about as I discuss what it took for their inventors to go from a cool idea to a done deal product. It’l be fun and there will be time for questions too.

So SIGN UP TODAY! Don’t wait another minute! Be my special guest and tell your friends and colleagues about it too!  Haven’t you waited long enough to do something amazingly creative?

Get your creative on – join the free webinar

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Discover what you need to take an great idea from imagination to create a new, environmentally-conscious innovation. Join tomorrow’s free webinar – Imagination to Innovation: Designing Green Solutions to Meet Today’s Challenges.

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