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In this week's edition: The grown-up edition of the Vermilion County Conservation District’s Outdoor School; bobcat hunting permits; and deer archery permits.

Today in Birdland it’s sunny and cool. Clouds bounce in a blue sky, and black-eyed Susans nod with the breezes that blow through the yard. The beans have set on, and the wind ripples the lovely green fields. All this belies the urgency our planet is under.

On the chance you don’t already know it, back in July, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, and that’s cause for celebration. The act is designed to protect the public interest in clean water by placing more stringent rules on coal ash disposal sites.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the UI chemistry professor, who is leading a team that is inventing new ways to break down the polyurethane that makes up close to 10 percent of our landfills and repurpose it in useful ways, such as adhesives.

In this week's edition: The end of restoration of the banks of the Vermilion River near where a lowhead dam was removed in Danville is in sight; the beginning of waterfowl hunting season; and a planned nature preserve hike in Vermilion County.

In this week's edition: Prairie Rivers Network's Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Art Theater and the Champaign County Audubon Society's fall-migration bird walks and end-of-summer celebration, hike and bonfire.

In this week's edition: The Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club gets some well-deserved recognition from the state and the Illini Bass Club's Angler of the Year points race tightens up after last weekend's tournament in Paris.

In this week's edition: Replica turkey spurs by Scotty Branca of Tuscola are gaining popularity; hunting deadlines are approaching; big fishing catches at the Conservation World pond at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

Trent Ford, an assistant professor in geography and environmental resources at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, was chosen from about 20 serious candidates in a nationwide search to replace Jim Angel, who retired late last year after 34 years at the Illinois State Water Survey, 21 as state climatologist.

This week: A new footbridge along Willow Creek at Forest Glen Preserve near Westville; the Illini Bass Club's July 28 outing to Lake Charleston; and an upcoming deadline for wild-turkey shotgun season.