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WVU Extension experts remind West Virginians of fall burning considerations to prevent brush and forest fires

Recent brush and forest fires in various parts of West Virginia are a that decreased humidity in the fall and winter seasons can cause dry leaves, grasses and other forest floor debris to become more flammable, creating a higher risk of unwanted fires. West Virginia University Extension experts Mark Lambert and Dave McGill have provided some considerations for outdoor burning this time of year so everyone can do their part to prevent serious brush and forest fires throughout the state.

Tips for safely enjoying a fresh-cut tree this holiday season

‘Tis the season for many families across West Virginia to begin decking their halls for the holidays with garland, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree appeals to some, others prefer the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. According to West Virginia University Extension Service Forest Resources Specialist Dave McGill, a fresh-cut tree does require a bit more attention and care, but if you take a few simple precautions, you and your family can safely enjoy your tree all season long.

Gift giving doesn’t have to be expensive: WVU experts say low-cost alternatives can be easy and fun

For some, the holiday season can lead to overspending or other financial struggles. This year, supply chain issues also are posing a threat to typical gift-giving practices. However, there are alternatives to traditional gifts. Jennifer Friend, West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, offers creative solutions to finding gifts at a low cost.

Thanksgiving feasts may feel more frightening, less festive for people with eating disorders, WVU expert says

The pumpkin pies, buttery rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy that make Thanksgiving a treat for many Americans may actually make the holiday feel more like a threat to those with eating disorders. According to Elizabeth Claydon, an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at West Virginia University, the feasting associated with Thanksgiving can exacerbate the unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors that characterize eating disorders.

WVU Extension expert offers tips to help dash away those extra holiday calories

With the holiday season quickly approaching, some people are filled with the anticipation of spending time with loved ones, goodies galore and feasting on favorite dishes. Less welcome are the calories that those carb-laden meals and delicious candies carry. West Virginia University Extension Service Family and Community Development Agent Dana Wright offers some tips to help people be proactive with holiday weight management skills.

Safety measures are imperative as hunting season approaches, even for experienced hunters

As we enter the 2021 fall hunting season, it is important for new and veteran hunters to remember that hunter safety is the first and most important step towards a successful hunt. Regardless of experience level, it is always good practice to implement simple safety steps that make a big difference. WVU Extension Service Wildlife Specialist Sheldon Owen wants hunters to know that they can have fun while also making sure safety comes first.

WVU experts encourage safety and training to help reduce ATV accidents, deaths

All-terrain vehicles are a common sight in West Virginia. Many of the state’s residents use the vehicles to head into the woods for leaf peeping, hunting and other activities. West Virginia University Extension Service experts David Snively and Haley Rosson remind people to always keep safety and proper training in mind when using ATVs.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day would dispel stereotypes, promote social justice, WVU expert says

Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a way to acknowledge the first people to live in the land that is now the U.S. More than a dozen states and nearly 150 cities, including Columbus, Ohio, commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a time to help educate, end negative stereotypes and counter centuries of cultural erasure, according to Bonnie Brown, Native American Studies Coordinator at West Virginia University.