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Home Affordable Modification Program

There is an overview here of HAMP, a program created to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.  HAMP is administered by Fannie Mae.

What’s Out There Database

“The goal of this searchable, easy-to-navigate database is to raise public awareness of the rich diversity and interconnectedness of our shared designed landscape heritage. Spanning over two centuries of American landscape design, the What’s Out There database is searchable by landscape name, locale, designer, type, and style.”–From the Website.

Bed Bug Database

(Thanks to Beth Dailey for passing this one along!)

A guide from the Environmental Protection Agency that can assist in identifying and treating bed bug infestations.  Includes a Q&A section and a search tool for locating pesticide products.

Free Green

Free Green offers free house plans for environmentally friendly homes.  Custom house plans are available for a fee. (Free registration required to download house plans.)

Home Gardening Online

The New York Botanical Garden offers gardening tips, how-to guides, recommended plants,  facts sheets on plants, and more, here.

Property Assessment Directory

It’s not the prettiest site, but it has the goods.  This site is a large link directory to property assessment sites around the country.  Most are county sites, but there are a few aggregate sites as well.

Antimicrobial Products Registered for Use Against H1N1 and other Flu Viruses

Thanks to Ruth Morrison (Business/Sciences) for passing this along!

This is the EPA’s list of over 500 antimicrobial products that are registered for use on hard surfaces against the H1N1 (Swine) flu and other Influenza A Viruses.


Need a user’s manual for a product in your home?  You might be able to find it on this site.  Diplodocs carries 1.4 million user’s guides for over 5600 brands.  Search by brand, manufacturer or model number.


According to the site, “GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.”  Users may search or browse over 60,000 home products and find out more about the product’s ingredients, impact and average price.

2008 Great Places in America

The American Planning Association “celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.”–From the web site.

Seed Savers Exchange

Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Public Library Manager, for pass this along:

“Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds or our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.”– From the web site.  The Exchange sponsors programs to help preserve garden biodiversity and offers other helpful information.

National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) and 811

Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Branch Library Manager, for passing these two sites along:

NPMS — “The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) is a geographic information system (GIS) created by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) in cooperation with other federal and state governmental agencies and the pipeline industry.  The NPMS consists of geospatial data, attribute data, public contact information, and metadata pertaining to the interstate and intrastate gas and hazardous liquid transmission pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, and hazardous liquid breakout tanks jurisdictional to PHMSA.”–From the website.

811 — “A new, federally-mandated national “Call Before You Dig” number, 811 was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.”– From the web site.  811 is the number you should call before beginning any digging project.

Thanks to Caroline Barnett, Cordova Public Library Branch manager, for passing this along:

The Arbor Day Foundation offers a Tree Guide here, which provides detailed information of dozens of commonly planted landscape trees, an online guide to tree identification, information on the Arbor Day holiday, including its history, and more.


Pricewatch gives real-time price comparisons on thousands of consumer products.  Although mostly computer and electronics-oriented, there are some items for the home that are listed as well.

Ask A Master Gardener

Gardening Hotline: 901-752-1207

The UT/Shelby County Extension Office has this gardening hotline for all of your gardening questions.  You can also check out their website ( for lots of free publications on home gardens, lawns and landscaping.