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Early sign of spring: Pussy Willows from Upper and Lower Lakes. Archive Photo of the Day: John Danis, Rensselaer Falls NY.
Early sign of spring: Pussy Willows from Upper and Lower Lakes. Archive Photo of the Day: John Danis, Rensselaer Falls NY.

An early glimpse of spring

With temperatures expected to reach the mid-50's, or higher, this afternoon, you're excused if you feel a touch of "spring fever" today. Todd Moe talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about some of the early signs of spring around the region -- from pussy willows and red-stemmed dogwood to red winged blackbirds.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam biology major Stefan Sloma and professor Robert Ewy at the school's willow stand in Potsdam.
SUNY Potsdam biology major Stefan Sloma and professor Robert Ewy at the school's willow stand in Potsdam.

Growing willows for fuel

This summer, NCPR is taking a second look at the realities of alternative and renewable energy in our region. Some advocates think locally-generated energy, from hydro to solar to wind and biomass, could be the next big thing for the region's economy.

Biologists at SUNY Potsdam plan to harvest their first crop of shrub willows from a field near campus this fall. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has earmarked $4.3 million to encourage North Country farmers to grow willows as a renewable energy source.  Go to full article

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