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Workshop: Reconnecting with Trees – A Path to Improved Health and Well Being

Mon, September 23 @ 9:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Join ELA, in collaboration with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, for this workshop that highlights the ecological benefits of trees and the holistic benefits for human well-being.  Presentations, discussion, and a field study tour will evaluate the selection of particular tree species that serve various valuable components to new landscape designs and as an inventory assessment in an established landscape.  Finally, a walk led by a certified Forest Bathing Guide will round out the day.

Class: Native Plants for Professionals

Mon, September 23 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Join Dan Jaffe for this two-session class (September 23 and September 30 10:00am – 3:00pm) to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades.

Eco-tour: Effective Invasive Plant Management: Chemical-Free & So Darn Cute

Tue, September 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

To manage meadows and control invasive plant species, Habitat has incorporated a small herd of resident Nigerian Dwarf goats. The goats happily graze on invasive plants such as bittersweet, buckthorn, and multiflora rose, as well as successional saplings.

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Featured Articles

Goats as an Ecological Management Option for Invasive Plants

by Sandy Vorce

“Gotta get a goat” was the author’s mantra a decade ago as she struggled against bittersweet, buckthorn, and multiflora rose to regain a portion of meadow at Mass Audubon’s property in Belmont, MA. Her wish was granted, and the property now successfully utilizes a four-hoofed crew for control of invasive plants. Read the article.

    Native Plants Shine in Streambank Restoration

    by Krissy Boys

    Four years after replacement of a streambank water control structure, native grasses, sedges, and forbs planted at the site have become well established. Most species are thriving and have propagated themselves by self-sowing in the streambank gardens. Only two species out of 58 genera completely failed.

      Controlling Invasive Species During Restoration

      Contributions by Julie Snell and Ellen Snyder

      Invasive plants can cause significant challenges at restoration sites. We asked ELA two members to share their experiences managing invasive plants and to offer tips for success.

        From Wasteland to Wildflower Meadow at Greenfield Community College

        by Maureen Sundberg

        A campus wildflower meadow tucked onto a slope at Greenfield Community College was designed as part of a larger outdoor learning lab that includes a botanical garden, wetland garden, permaculture garden, and raingarden. Two years after planting, the meadow has become an oasis of learning for students across the academic spectrum.

          Climate News Round-Up: The Power of Trees!

          by Angela Laws

          Why is photosynthesis relevant to climate change? Because it is the process by which plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it – a process known as carbon sequestration – and they’re very good at it, especially trees.

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            Eco-Answers from the Pros: Managing Invasive Honeysuckle

            I run an organic landscape design/build, and we constantly are dealing with honeysuckle removal. Currently our eradication method involves cutting the honeysuckle down to the stump and applying an organic herbicide like Burnout or Avenger. On a small scale, we will also cover the stump with heavy duty landscape fabric. On a larger scale, we…

            Eco-Answers from the Pros: What Should I Do with Leaves?

            I am a groundskeeper who is trying to manage my grounds in a more ecological manner. I currently mulch (chop into tiny bits with the lawnmower) my leaves and leave the mulch on the lawn. I’m wondering would it be better for me to leave the leaves whole and let them blow around where they may. Or perhaps collecting them and dumping them into nearby non-lawn naturalized areas? Any insight you can provide is very helpful.

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