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2021 Season’s End Summit

Wed, October 27 @ 8:30 am EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

Join us to explore the lessons we can learn by analyzing original designs and assessing the mature landscapes that resulted. The findings will offer insights, inspiration, and a few surprises to consider for your future designs.

Class: A Holistic Guide for the Modern Land Steward

Fri, October 22 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

Through personal stories and observations of hundreds of installed projects, Trevor Smith covers a broad range of topics, including regenerative design, green infrastructure, adaptive strategies in the face of climate change, the importance of maintaining your own health and well being, and ways to challenge the norms in pursuit of authentic results.

Webinar: Blue Carbon – The Role of Estuaries in Combating Climate Change

Wed, November 3 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Salt marshes, seagrass beds, and mangroves can capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Learn how this "blue carbon" cycles through coastal systems, what makes these environments so efficient at carbon sequestration, and what measures can help to protect and restore coastal ecosystems.

Webinar: Nature’s Sanctuary – Challenges of and Solutions for a SITES Gold Landscape

Wed, November 17 @ 12:00 pm EST

A Focus on Sustainability - Join Horticulturist Gregg Tepper to learn about and understand the history and challenges of a SITES Gold landscape and real-world solutions to achieve the desired results.

Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Specialty Gardens

Wed, November 3 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Specialty Gardens: Member Event Penn Marchael will start the evening with brief opening remarks about a couple of specialty gardens; then he'll jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.

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2021 Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes – Connections

Thu, November 11 @ 8:30 am EST - 4:30 pm EST

Recognizing the critical connections in our landscapes and ecosystems, can we truly appreciate and steward the land effectively for future generations. Join this important discussion to learn more.

Advanced Ecological Design Workshop with Larry Weaner

Wed, December 1 @ 1:00 pm EST - 4:30 pm EST

Advanced Ecological Design Workshop: Demand for high performing, ecology-based landscapes is increasing faster than the availability of the specialized knowledge needed for practitioners to achieve them. This intensive two-session course (December 1 and December 15) will provide concrete, real-world guidance for selecting and arranging native plants in gardens and restoration projects, as well as provide attendees with the opportunity to employ these techniques through an assignment between the first and second sessions.

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Featured Articles

The Needs Assessment of Los Angeles Soils: Current Status, Community Needs, and Future Directions

By Yujuan Chen, Ph.D. 

Soil is the brown infrastructure for Los Angeles. It has great potential to mitigate current and future climate impacts by sequestering carbon, improving water supply and water quality, supporting plant growth, enhancing food production, and maintaining healthy communities. This study aims to understand the current status of LA soils, identify soil issues, and work with partners to provide a framework to move forward. 

    Starving for Darkness

    By Jane Slade

    Darkness is disappearing from the face of the Earth, blinding wildlife in the light. Since life began, the Earth’s rotation has created cyclical darkness by which living things evolved, tuning instincts and behaviors over millennia. The loss of darkness has inhibited the sensory experience of wildlife, changing the behavior of species and how species interact with one another. 

      The Spotted Lanternfly Has Arrived in Massachusetts

      By Tawny Simisky

      The MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced on September 28, 2021, that a small, established, and breeding population of the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was detected in Worcester County, MA, in the city of Fitchburg. Residents and professionals living and working across the Commonwealth should learn the life stages of the spotted lanternfly and be able to identify their eggs, immatures, and adults.

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        Book Review: Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide

        Reviewed by Charlie Wyman 

        Grasses have always scared me. Too many species, the flowers too small, the terminology strange and unfamiliar. As an amateur naturalist and very part-time at that, as the demands of work and family limited my wanderings, I had come to terms with the fact that I’d die without knowing my grasses. No longer. Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman’s little book, Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification Guide, has changed everything. 

        For the Love of Moths

        By Candace Fallon

        As someone who spends a lot of her time trying to convince others that insects are incredible animals worth saving, I can still be surprised to hear so much moth disgust. Moths are an incredibly diverse group of insects. North America is home to more than 12,000 species—an astonishing number compared to our relatively paltry 800 or so species of butterflies! Before I start waxing poetic on moths, let’s dive into some basics.

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