Archive | Restoration

Mechanical Control of Invasive Shrubs on Oyster River Forest in Durham, NH

by Gerry Hawkes In September of 2014, the eight-acre, abandoned West Field on Oyster River Forest was cleared of invasive shrubs by uprooting and shredding. This was a superior alternative to herbicides because it eliminated the risk of watershed and aquifer contamination; left no standing dead shrubs; smoothed and prepared planting sites in the process […]

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Native Plants for Ecology and Horticulture

by Peggy Olwell The United States has a rich native flora of over 18,000 native plant species. Plants color our distinctive and inspirational landscapes and provide a multitude of ecological goods and services. Native plants continue to provide new material for domestic gardens and urban spaces. Increasingly naturalistic planting schemes draw on the rich palette […]

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Pollutant Purging Plants!

Using phytotechnologies to clean up contaminated soils and groundwater by Kate Kennen Ms. Kennen presents “Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants” at an ELA Intensive Workshop, November 20, 2015 at Longwood Gardens. So, you’ve had the soil tested and it’s not good news. Can plants help remediate your site’s contaminants? Cost-effective phytotechnology (phytoremediation) plantings can be effective in […]

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Conservation and Preservation in Action: Working Hand in Hand on a National Landmark

by Lucinda (Cindy) Brockway This fall, The Trustees of Reservations will complete a five-year landscape restoration project of the Crane Estate’s Allée and Casino Courtyard located in Ipswich, MA. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of talented staff, contractors, community partners, donors, and volunteers, The Trustees carefully removed and replanted over 700 deteriorating, overgrown […]

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Adapting Plant Communities: Another Tool for Restoration

by Miles H. Connors According to Webster’s Dictionary, restoration is ‘the process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, or bringing back something that existed before.’ Considering restoration in the greater context of ecology, one could define ecological restoration as reinstating degraded natural communities to their fundamental or original function. How do […]

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7 Reasons You Should Be Using SITES v2

Lisa Cowan, PLA, ASLA Although the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITESTM) Rating System may first appear to be just another green rating system, ELA members should know that SITES can be a valuable resource for ecological site restoration projects (even if you are not going for certification). For those who have not familiarized themselves with SITES […]

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When Goats Join the Restoration Team

by Maureen Sundberg Faced with a two-acre lot of nearly impenetrable thicket of multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora Thunb. ex Murr.), glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus), common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica L.), Asiatic bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb.), and a smattering of other invasive plants, all blanketed by poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) , where do you begin? That was the situation […]

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Floodplain Forest Restoration along the Housatonic River

by Julie Richburg In the middle of August, staff from The Trustees of Reservations, Project Native, and Helia Land Design, along with a crew of dedicated volunteers, planted more than 1,700 trees along the banks of the Housatonic River at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA. After several years of planning and preparation, it was finally […]

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