Environmental Conservation

Discover Calumet: The Calumet Outdoors Series Connects People to the Many Natural Areas in the Region

The announcement of the Pullman National Monument is drawing positive attention to the Calumet Region and The Calumet Outdoors Series 2015 provides an exciting opportunity for people to experience an eclectic variety of beautiful places first-hand. This monthly series of free guided hikes and events takes participants throughout Northwest Indiana and Southeast Chicago.

A selection of charismatic Lobariaceae lichens in New Zealand

Lichens as bioindicators of forest health

Going green is all about conserving the environment. Not just because a healthy environment increases our quality of living, but because we owe it to the next generations to conserve our planet so they have a chance to enjoy its spectacular beauty and diversity as we do. Since forests are one of the primary sources of oxigen, conservation of forests is of great importance both in temperate and tropical areas. In many regions, forests are monitored as to their conservation status, and bioindicators are an important tool to accomplish this task.

The tiny lichen Gyalectidium setiferum is spreading in central Europe on suitable evergreen plants due to global warming.

Hoping for global warming after a cold winter... and lichens as bioindicators of climate change

This month's topic is March and green. Of course, everybody by now is anxiously waiting for spring, to get rid of the polar vortex. Hopefully that will happen soon! By the way, the expanded polar vortex that affects large parts of North America with bitter cold is a direct consequence of global warming!

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