Caroline County, VA seeks trail building volunteers this Saturday

This weekend, Caroline County, VA will begin construction of a woodland hiking and biking trail off Devils Three Jump Road adjacent to the Caroline County Park. It will be the first-of-its-kind trail for the county. On Saturday, volunteers will begin constructing bridges and paths for the trail. At least 30 people are needed for the project, especially volunteers that can supply and operate chain saws, tractors and rakes and people with wood working tools and knowledge. Volunteers will be asked to spread rocks, chip wood debris, construct bridges, operate equipment and do general cleanup of the trail. Volunteers will receive lunch. Water and Gatorade will be provided during the 8:30am- 4pm workday. For more information visit the Caroline Woodland Trail Facebook Page.

Americans consume 20 percent of the world’s toilet paper—and it’s destroying Canadian forests

The average American flushes toilet paper equivalent to 384 trees in their lifetime, the Sierra Club reports. Though Americans account for just 4 percent of the global population, we consume 20 percent of the world’s toilet paper. All of that TP is having a major impact on Canadian boreal forest, where many American toilet paper manufacturers source the virgin pulp used to make two-ply toilet paper. In addition to the environmental degradation, the destruction of the forests are negatively affecting the people who have historically relied on the woodlands for their survival and driving the decline of some caribou and lynx species. The good news is that there’s a simple solution to the problem: buy toilet paper made with recycled content.

Morgan Freeman turned his Mississippi ranch into a massive bee sanctuary

Morgan Freeman is adding another title to his long and impressive resume: beekeeper. The actor and director began beekeeping in 2014 when he imported 26 beehives from Arkansas to his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi. Freeman said that he took up the hobby after becoming motivated by the massive bee die-off. Freeman has reportedly planted acres of clover, lavender and magnolia trees on his ranch, and he feeds his bees sugar water. The actor has said that he does not wear protective beekeeping clothing but that he has yet to be stung by his bees. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Freeman said “there is a concerted effort for bringing bees back into the planet… we do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet.”