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Report on the Lands of the Arid Region of the United States, with a More Detailed Account of the Lands of Utah. With Maps.
A report on the lands of the Arid Region of the United States, including their agricultural and grazing potential as well as a statement of the rainfall of the western portion of the United States.
The what and why of agricultural experiment stations.
A summary of the purpose, origins, and work of the agricultural experiment stations in the United States.
Meadows and pastures : formation and cultivation in the middle eastern states.
A guide to the cultivation and selection of varieties of hay, pasture grasses, and clover. Describes the use grass as a soil builder and provides methods of soil improvement.
Tree planting on rural school grounds.
Discusses the importance of planning for successful Arbor-Day tree plantings on rural school grounds and churchyards. Includes suggested study topics for teachers to use in school lessons.
Planting and care of street trees.
Describes the importance of shade trees within city limits, including: how to plan the layout of street trees; the various types of trees best suited for city growth; and how to properly maintain city-grown trees.
Rural planning : the social aspects of recreation places.
Describes the trend toward establishing planned recreation areas in rural communities, and the economic and social benefits they provide to farmers.
Planting the roadside.
Describes the benefits of planting trees and shrubs on the roadside, and the proper procedures for doing so.
Mosquito remedies and preventives.
Describes measures, substances, and materials, both offensive and defensive, that have been found most effective against mosquitoes.
Game management on the farm.
Describes ways that a farmer can support game on his land to make the best use of otherwise wasted land. Provides an overview of practical game management practices.
Arbor day, its purpose and observance.
Discusses Arbor Day as a holiday that recognizes the importance of United States forests and discusses a citizen's duty to preserve them and foster new growth of trees.
Soil and water conservation in the Pacific Northwest.
Describes types of erosion and methods for preventing the erosion of soil by water and wind.
Nitrogen-fixing bacteria and legumes.
Describes the importance of nitrogen-fixing bacteria on crops of legumes.
Legumes in soil conservation practices.
Describes measures for preventing soil erosion through the planting of legumes.
Soil-depleting, soil-conserving, and soil-building crops.
Discusses soil conservation in a clear and concise manner. Discusses soil building, soil conserving, and soil depleting crops as well as the minerals to be found in soil.
Dual-purpose pines.
Describes dual-purpose pines, which yield both naval stores and wood; provides suggestions for managing dual-purpose pines.
Rural planning : the village.
Describes various types of planned villages and provides examples of features in such communities.
Shrubs for wildlife on farms in the Southeast.
Describes the use of shrubs on farms to protect useful or beneficial wildlife and to prevent soil erosion.
Work of the United States Forest Service.
Discusses forest depletion and provides a history of forest conservation efforts by the United States government. Describes the work of the the Civilian Conservation Corps and other emergency projects, and discusses forest and range research.
Intensive projects under the Cooperative farm forestry act.
Describes the Farm Forestry Program and how it can be used to help farmers begin farm-woodland management projects.
New landmarks of soil conservation.
Discusses various methods for protecting and conserving soil.
What are we aiming at? : a forest conservation program.
Describes the need for a postwar program to increase timber production. Discusses the need for regulated conservation practices, incentives for responsible private forest management, and an increase in public forest land area.
It could happen again.
Describes the importance of soil conservation practices and their effect on wheat production.
Reducing damage to trees from construction work.
Describes the damage often inflicted upon trees during construction projects, and explains how to plan projects accordingly to avoid these problems.
Our remaining land : we can use it and save it.
Discusses the condition of the remaining productive land in the United States and the risk of losing it to soil erosion. Describes conservation efforts including the use of land standards in conservation planning.
Dust storms come from the poorer lands.
Describes the different classifications of land and the effect soil erosion has on the quality of land and its future for crop production. Contains the results of an extensive study.
Use the land and save the soil.
This bulletin briefly answers the questions: "What is soil and water conservation?" and "How does the Soil Conservation Service help farmers and landowners?"
Taming runaway waters
Describes the damage caused and the economic impact of floods and fast-moving water. Discusses the role of soil and water management programs in flood control.
Forest and flame in the Bible.
A collection of biblical passages supporting the protection of forests, with descriptive text provided by the author.
Windbreaks and shelterbelts for the Plains states.
Describes the monetary and physical benefits to farms and orchards when windbreaks and shelterbelts are used.
Conservation farming in the Slope-Hettinger Soil Conservation District, North Dakota.
Reports the results of a soil conservation survey and makes the case for increased conservation efforts. Provides information on identifying land types and suggests simple methods of soil conservation.
Visual materials on soil and water conservation.
An annotated list of films about soil and water conservation. Includes information about the films' suitability for use in elementary and secondary schools.
From the dust of the earth.
Describes how the things people enjoy in everyday life come from the soil, either directly or indirectly, and the value of participating in soil conservation.
Wood chips for the land.
Describes how farmers and ranchers can use wood chips to prevent soil erosion, as bedding for livestock, and as a way to make soil richer for producing crops.
Your soil, crumbly or cloddy?
Describes the importance of good soil tilth and methods for improving soil.
The soil that went to town.
Describes the problem of soil erosion and methods for its prevention, in an elementary story format.
Contour-furrow irrigation.
Describes how farmers can use contour-furrow irrigation as a means of preventing soil erosion and maintaining even watering of crops.
Grass crops in conservation farming.
Describes the success of grassland improvement methods as demonstrated by experiment stations, agricultural technicians, farmers, and ranchers.
Know your watersheds.
Describes the necessity of water in everyday life, the water cycle, and provides suggestions for the management of watersheds.
Managing the small forest
A guide to the basic principles of forest management, for use by small forest owners.
Controlling the Japanese beetle.
Describes the characteristics of the Japanese beetle, the damage it causes to plants, and methods of control.
Algae in water supplies: an illustrated manual on the identification, significance, and control of algae in water supplies.
A manual designed to help "water analysts and others who deal with the many problems and effects associated with the presence of algae in water supplies."
Managing farm fields, wetlands, and waters for wild ducks in the South.
Provides instructions for establishing ponds and marshes in order to attract wild ducks to farmlands. Discusses the recreational benefits of watching and hunting ducks.
Facts about wind erosion and dust storms on the Great Plains.
Describes the history and conditions of drought, wind erosion, and dust storms in the Great Plains; discusses long-range conservation programs and emergency measures.
The church and agricultural progress.
Describes the role of agriculture in the United States from a Christian perspective.
Making land produce useful wildlife.
Discusses the benefits of biological balance on ranches and farms. Describes ways to allow wildlife to flourish for the purposes of hunting, trapping, fishing and other recreation.
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was one of the first laws ever written that establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment. NEPA requirements are invoked when airports, buildings, military complexes, highways, parkland purchases, and other federal activities are proposed. Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), which are assessments of the likelihood of impacts from alternative courses of action, are required from all Federal agencies and are the most visible NEPA requirements.
Fifty Birds of Town and City
A book depicting 50 common birds in U.S. towns and cities, with illustrations.
Public Health Service Act
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was established to protect the quality of drinking water in the U.S. This law focuses on all waters actually or potentially designed for drinking use, whether from above ground or underground sources. The Act authorizes EPA to establish minimum standards to protect tap water and requires all owners or operators of public water systems to comply with these primary (health-related) standards. The 1996 amendments to SDWA require that EPA consider a detailed risk and cost assessment, and best available peer-reviewed science, when developing these standards. State governments, which can be approved to implement these rules for EPA, also encourage attainment of secondary standards (nuisance-related). Under the Act, EPA also establishes minimum standards for state programs to protect underground sources of drinking water from endangerment by underground injection of fluids.
Solid Waste Disposal Act
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes. The 1986 amendments to RCRA enabled EPA to address environmental problems that could result from underground tanks storing petroleum and other hazardous substances. HSWA - the Federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments - are the 1984 amendments to RCRA that focused on waste minimization and phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste as well as corrective action for releases. Some of the other mandates of this law include increased enforcement authority for EPA, more stringent hazardous waste management standards, and a comprehensive underground storage tank program.
Nuclear Waste Policy Act
The Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) supports the use of deep geologic repositories for the safe storage and/or disposal of radioactive waste. The Act establishes procedures to evaluate and select sites for geologic repositories and for the interaction of state and federal governments. It also provides a timetable of key milestones the federal agencies must meet in carrying out the program. The NWPA assigns the Department of Energy (DOE) the responsibility to site, build, and operate a deep geologic repository for the disposal of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel. It directs EPA to develop standards for protection of the general environment from offsite releases of radioactive material in repositories. The Act directs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to license DOE to operate a repository only if it meets EPA's standards and all other relevant requirements.