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Eco-Answers with an ELA Eco-Pro – Native Plants

Wed, September 29 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Native Plants: Member Event Julie Snell and Lisa McDonald Hanes will start the evening with brief opening remarks about native plants and then jump right into your questions for the bulk of this interactive Q&A session.

Webinar: Implications of Climate Change for Invasive Species

Wed, October 6 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Invasive species and climate change are two of the most prominent forms of anthropogenic global change identified by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Carrie Brown-Lima reviews the current state of knowledge about how climate change influences invasive species as well as describe the work of the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network that is bringing together researchers and practitioners to address this challenge.

Webinar: Understanding Soil Health and Its Principles for Improving Landscape Resilience

Wed, October 13 @ 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Learn the properties of healthy, resilient soils; find out how we assess soil health; and discover the importance of soil biology in the development of soil resilience.

Webinar: Practical and Accessible Stretches for Your “Every” Day

Mon, October 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Learn how to prepare for your day in the landscape and recover at the end of the day with these practical and accessible stretches and recovery techniques.

Webinar: Rewild in 10 Action Steps

Wed, October 20 @ 12:00 pm EDT

A Focus on Sustainability - Anna Fialkoff will walk you through what it means to rewild your landscape in 10 action steps. You can rewild a farm, a suburban yard, or urban hell strip to safeguard wildlife habitat, support biodiversity, and mitigate effects of climate change.

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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.

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.

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Featured Articles

Conservation Pruning Concepts

By Norman Helie

The next time you stroll through your favorite tree-lined street, park, or woods, consider yourself a part of the tree canopy. As a natural interpreter and contributor, you meditate on your surroundings. Trees need our help!  Consider trees as large extensions of the organic layer under your feet, which puts you right inside their strategic world.

 

    The Challenges and Opportunities for Riverbank Restoration

    By Reed Pugh and Miles Connors

    Winchester, Massachusetts, is situated on the banks of a tranquil, winding river.  Like many waterways in New England, the Aberjona River has become home to many non-native and invasive plants that have largely overwhelmed our native plant palette. The Aberjona Initiative, a working group of the Conservation Commission, is tasked with restoring the river and pond banks in town center. 

      Eco-Answers from the Pros: Removing English Ivy

      Our group wanted to grow a woodland garden under some shade trees on our property where there currently is heavy growth of English Ivy. What is the best approach to remove the ivy? Read the Eco-Pros’ answers.

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        Book Review: The Nature of Oaks

        Reviewed by Maureen Sundberg

        In The Nature of Oaks, Doug Tallamy hopes to encourage appreciation of the diversity in the web of life by focusing on a single tree that began as an acorn he planted in a pot and transplanted into his yard. Now 18 years old, still very young for an oak tree, Tallamy observes the tree and the many forms of life it supports then shares a month-by-month record of a few visitors.

        Book Review: Iwigara

        Reviewed By Amanda Sloan

        Dr. Enrique Salmón, a member of the Raramuri tribe, is an ethnobotanist and expert on indigenous cultural concepts of the natural world. In his book Iwigara, which is presented as a traditional botany book, he writes about eighty native plants. He mixes scientific and horticultural information, cultural uses, stories handed down, and his personal memories of the plants. 

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