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Climate Change Reshaping Urban Tree Populations

by Frank Carini This article in EcoRI News and is reprinted here with permission. By the end of this century, scientists predict southern New England’s seas will rise some three feet, and without major cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, they say summers here will soon resemble Georgia’s dog days. Like the rest of the planet, […]

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A Lesson on Connections: “Enhancing Ecosystem Dynamics for Trees” with Michael Phillips

by Emma Vautour As a student of ecology and an aspiring ecological landscaper, it was a privilege to attend the 2014 ELA conference and learn from many of the leading figures in the field. The conference rooms seemed to reverberate with the buzz of so many excited earth-enthusiasts, communally appreciating what fascinates them most. The […]

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Practical Application of Tree Filter Systems

by Paul Iorio I recently brought to completion a large parking lot project that illustrates the applications as well as adaptability of tree filter systems in an urban environment. Tree filter systems integrate common street trees with stormwater collection to achieve a viable and sustainable alternative to a traditional “end of pipe” system, while still […]

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DVD Review: Holistic Orcharding

with Michael Phillips Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Generally when you’ve read and enjoyed a book, the movie version is a disappointment. But the recently released DVD, Holistic Orcharding, from Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, is a wonderful exception. This five-hour video is subdivided into twenty-one sections that follow Phillips […]

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Thinking about Nut Trees

by Tricia Diggins Nut trees, more than any other aspect of landscaping, make me think of the old proverb “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” So, plan to plant a nut tree this fall or next spring. If you for some reason cannot plant […]

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Invasive Pests: Coming Soon to a Tree Near You!

by David A. Orwig New England has an expansive landscape filled with a wealth of almost 33 million acres of forests. The trees that comprise these woods, wetlands, town forests, community parks, and back yards provide important habitat, store valuable carbon, help provide clean air and water, and of course yield a variety of wood […]

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Transplanting Trees Using Air Spading

by Sonia Baerhuk Successfully navigating the challenges of large scale construction projects while creating and preserving ecological landscapes, involves considerations beyond typical landscape design. Recent construction projects at the Perkins School for the Blind required the transplanting of several large trees. Air spading was chosen in lieu of the tree spade method to minimize root […]

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