This publication highlights how 10 Indiana communities are implementing smart growth strategies developed by the Smart Growth Network. As part of the Climate Change series, the study builds on another Extension publicati More... Free Download
To guide decisions about development, quality of life and public safety, communities create comprehensive plans, parks and recreation plans, multi-hazard mitigation plans, and sub-area plans. Such plans include opportuni More... Free Download
Climate change is spotlighting the importance of managing water resources. Building on previous work (ID-524-W, ID-520-W, ID-519-W), in this publication the authors discuss how the One Water approach can benefit urban co More... Free Download
This field book is an updated (2021), condensed version of Illinois Soils: Evaluation for Agriculture and Home Sites. Students can use this book to prepare for soil judging contests. Includes
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Energy-intensive development practices contribute to increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are leading to shifting climate patterns. This publication builds on two previous publications -
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Fish is a healthy choice and this quick guide shares what to look for to ensure fresh fish along with health benefits which includes lowering heart disease and boosting brain health.
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In Indiana, community leaders make decisions about public spaces such as parks, trails, farmers markets, schools, and Main Streets every day that affect the health and wellness of the community. Using Purdue Extension's More... Free Download
Aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry in the United States. This publication describes what sustainable aquaculture is, a sampling of aquaculture species are produced in the Midwest, health benefits associated with e More... Free Download
Seafood is a protein category that has many commercially and recreationally available options. Selecting seafood is more like shopping for fruits and vegetables than animal proteins. This publication is the first in a se More... Free Download
This publication provides an overview of how changing climate conditions will affect Indiana and the Midwest and offers sensible strategies for coping with these changes. Understanding past and future environmental chang More... Free Download
Despite strong evidence that climate change is happening, many people do not realize the urgency with which we need to act, nor do they fully understand the types of impacts facing their communities.
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Land use planners in the Great Lakes region make recommendations that can affect the quality and quantity of ground and surface water resources. Challenges include a lack of up-to-date data, and insufficient political an More... Free Download
In the eight states in the Great Lakes region, those who make land use plans and natural resource management decisions must keep ecological integrity in mind. In this publication, Purdue University researchers discuss so More... Free Download
Purdue Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council collaboratively developed the Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government to support plan commission members as well as l More... Free Download
Through the decision support system, Tipping Point Planner (tippingpointplanner.org), communities in Great Lakes states can plan for a sustainable future by directly linking data to the local decision-making process. Wit More... Free Download
Many wildlife species use or require fields and other areas of early successional vegetation to meet their habitat requirements. Native warm-season grass and forb mixtures (NWSG) are promoted through various state and More...
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a bacterial disease of mammals resulting from the infection of Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). It is a zoonotic disease that can infect humans, domestic stock, and wild animals. Outbreaks More...
Knowing and using a common vocabulary of planning and zoning terms will help you understand planning and zoning issues and communicate in a better way. This glossary of commonly used planning and zoning terms should m More...
This publication provides four basic strategies to help improve the health of your soil: (1) Practice no-tillage or strip-tillage, (2) Add more crops to your rotation, (3) include cover crops, and (4) manage nutrient More...
This publication is primarily a resource for teachers and coaches preparing high school students for the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Career Development Event (CDE). During that event, teams of students writ More... Free Download
Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces supports the development of great public spaces reflective of community values. The Indiana-based curriculum is designed for use by decision makers and local leaders with ov More...
Woodlots are dynamic, vital ecosystems in the urban and suburban landscapes of the Midwest. People own these small wooded lots in urbanized areas for a variety of reasons: timber production, firewood production, recreati More... Free Download
Land surveys precisely define the locations and boundaries of tracts of land. This publication reviews the history and development of two survey systems, how they work, and the particular value of each.
This publication provides landowners with information to consider when evaluating and negotiating contracts with wind energy developers. Topics covered include lease vs. easement, parts of a wind energy contract, propert More... Free Download
This publication presents methods for describing soils and landscapes. Its goal is to foster better communication between soil scientists who write soil and landscape evaluation reports and the environmental specialists More... Free Download
To understand how planning and zoning may affect your land, it is important to be familiar with the legal terminology. This publication explains some of the basics of Indiana planning and zoning law, including its origin More... Free Download
Shorebirds, those little brown birds normally associated with ocean shorelines, make an appearance twice a year along seasonally flooded agricultural fields in Indiana. The birds are making their way in the spring to bre More... Free Download
Many landowners would like to make their land area more attractive for wildlife, but do not know where to start. This paper outlines the basic decision-making process landowners must go through prior to initiating manage More... Free Download
This publication describes general procedures for developing a constructed wetland for a single family residence. This guide is designed to be used with the diagrams included. It is intended for use by homeowners, regula More... Free Download
This publication provides lists of indicators and similar detailed checklists for each business function identified in ID-236. It provides indicators and checklists for productions, procurement and selling, financial man More... Free Download
It features 11 programs, several of which are available only on CD-ROM: Chemical Contamination in Fish Update; Environmental Planning for Small Communities (TRILOGY); Environmental Assessment Case Study (ALASKA); Envi More...
An Ecological History of Agriculture, 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 10,000 opens with the first known agriculture and ends in a future in which we might have to use fewer resources to feed more people. The book describes past and pre More...
This publication seeks to answer the following questions: What is prime farmland? How is it determined? How much has already been lost, and how much do we have left? What are the consequences of continued loss locally More... Free Download