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We are an environmental science course at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ, taught by Mrs. T. We'll be blogging about environmental issues all term, so please stay tuned!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Invasive Plants

Many native Japanese plants are extremely popular in American landscaping (examples are the Japanese maple, honeysuckle, and barberry).  However, these plants - particularly the last two mentioned - are highly invasive and push out native vegetation.  Should the sale of these plants be banned?  Defend your position.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Deer Culls in New Jersey

Garret Mountain, in Passaic County, has an unsustainably large deer population.  The animals have virtually destroyed the forest understory, and often migrate onto local highways.  However, efforts to have a deer cull are met with resistance by local residents.  Create a list of the pros and cons of a deer cull.  Then, state your position on whether or not you support the cull, and explain why.