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ELA’s 28th Conference & Eco-Marketplace

Join us online on February 23 & 24, 2022 for the 28th Conference & Eco-Marketplace. 

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Choose from two tracks exploring pollinator corridors and pathways – the ribbons of land designed and maintained in support of the many species performing the vital work of pollination. Gain insights from a number of projects or explore the unique challenges of providing connected habitat in urban areas.

Wednesday, February 23 – Track 1 – Ecological Lessons from Pollinator Habitat (click for details)

Time (EST)PresenterTitle
9:00-10:00amNick Haddad, North Carolina State UniversityLandscape Corridors for Nature and for People
10:15-11:15amAnnika T.H. Keeley, Delta Stewardship CouncilCorridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Linda Hwang, Trust for Public LandParkScore Index: Closing the Park Equity Divide
12:45-1:45pmAnthony Fettes, University of New MexicoPromoting Pollinators through Landscape Architecture: Six Key Strategies to Improve Habitat Value and Landscape Performance
2:00-3:00pmHeather McCargo, Wild Seed ProjectUrban Pollinator Corridors: Creating Native Habitat to Support Pollinators and Other Wild Life
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

 

Wednesday, February 23 – Track 2 – Strategies for Supporting Urban Pollinators (click for details)

Time (EST)PresenterTitle
9:00-10:00amSandra Albro, Holden Forests & GardensVacant to Vibrant: Creating Successful Green Infrastructure Networks
10:15-11:15amDevanshi Purohit, Associate Principal CBT; Kishore Varanaski, Principal and Director of Urban Design CBT; Astrup Rasmus, Design Principal SLAStrategies for Mitigating Urban Heat Island Effect
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Linda Hwang, Trust for Public LandParkScore Index: Closing the Park Equity Divide
12:45-1:45pmVincent Verweij, Department of Parks and Recreation Arlington, VARebuilding Urban Soils for Trees
2:00-3:00pmSusannah Lerman, USDA Forest Service Northern Research StationLet’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees: Backyard Habitats in Suburban Yards
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Wednesday Luncheon Keynote

ParkScore Index: Closing the Park Equity Divide

Join Linda Hwang to learn the highlights of key park equity findings from The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® index and learn about the The Trust for Public Land’s approach for evolving the metric over time.

This year marks The Trust for Public Land’s 10th annual release of its ParkScore® index, the national gold-standard comparison of park systems across the largest 100 cities in the United States. As part of the organization’s deep commitment to closing the park equity divide, and after a year of dramatically increased use of parks, dramatic budget cuts in an economic recession, a climate crisis, and critically important questions in the equitable distribution of benefits across race and income, they adapted the ParkScore® index to meet the moment in some key ways.

The 2021 release saw the addition of new equity measures to the index and now provides a more complete sense of the racial and economic disparities driving who does and doesn’t have access to quality parks nationwide. These new measures of park equity improve the index, showing differences not only between cities but also differences between population groups within the same city.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Three tracks of presentations on Thursday provide insightful explorations of landscape design, land care practices, and current hot topics. Enjoy a broad range of practitioners and researchers who dig into their experiences in the landscape to offer new insights into design and practice. Alternatively, join an Idea Exchange to explore a thought-provoking topic.

 

Thursday, February 24 – Focus on Design (click for details

Time (EST)PresenterTitle
9:00-10:00amBenjamin Vogt, author of A New Garden EthicA New Garden Ethic
10:15-11:15amPamela BerstlerThe Watershed Approach: Land Management Like the Earth Depends on It
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Robert KourikDismantle the Myths of Forest Garden Guilds and Learn the Science
12:45-1:45pmNahal SohbatiRidge Lane: From Wasteland to Safe Urban Community Park 
2:00-3:00pmMargie RuddickWild by Design: Designed Landscapes that Promote Life
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

 

Thursday, February 24 – Focus on Practice (click for details)

Time (EST)PresenterTitle
9:00-10:00amTed Elliman, author of Grasses, Sedges, Rushes: An Identification GuideGrasses, Sedges, and Rushes
10:15-11:15amChris Roddick, Brooklyn Botanical GardenArborists Are from Mars; Garden Designers Are from Venus
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Robert KourikDismantle the Myths of Forest Garden Guilds and Learn the Science
12:45-1:45pmKate Cholakis, Penn State University; Eliza Pennypacker, Penn State UniversityNot in My Front Yard: Social-Aesthetic Barriers to Green Infrastructure in the Public Realm
2:00-3:00pmDr. Christopher NeillThe Science Behind Yard Management to Increase Plant, Insect, and Bird Biodiversity
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday, February 24 – Idea Exchanges (click for details)

Time (EST)PresenterTitle
9:00-10:00amDr. Susan Pell, United States Botanic GardenPoisonous Anacardiaceae: Poison Ivy and Beyond
10:15-11:15amStephanie Frischie, Xerces Society100 Plants to Feed the Monarch Butterfly
11:30am-12:30pmLuncheon Keynote with Robert KourikDismantle the Myths of Forest Garden Guilds and Learn the Science
12:45-1:45pmModerator: Mark Richardson, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Panelists: Bra
d Herrick, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum; Angela Gupta, University of Minnesota; Christopher Evans, University of Illinois
Panel Discussion: Understanding the Jumping Worm Problem
2:00-3:00pmDr. Christine Bishop, Department of Environment and Climate Change CanadaDeclining Numbers of Hummingbirds: Stressors that Affect Them and What We Can Do to Help
3:00-3:30pmAll RoomsNetworking and CEUs

Thursday Luncheon Keynote

Dismantling the Myths of Forest Garden Guilds in Permaculture
with Robert Kourik

Guilds are groupings of beneficial plants, fruit trees, herbs, and other components that work together to help guarantee their mutual health and productivity. They are an element of forest gardens in the home landscape, and are deeply rooted in indigenous practices and wisdom. An honored model for an American guild is the Native American triad of corn, beans, and squash – also known as the Three Sisters Guild. Learn how the environment and soils of the temperate garden can be adjusted to grow better guilds of all kinds. This session will dive into the science and benefits behind the Three Sisters approach to growing.

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Feathers’ Everywhere

Urban Biodiversity Here and Now  BY Veronica Tyson-Strait Biodiversity is a priority for the immigrant city dweller who may have left behind a landscape of tropical or temperate forests in the Caribbean, South America or Cambodia. I design and garden in New York City, but I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, the land of…

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Supply and Demand of Native Species

By Marie Chieppo  The demand for native plants by homeowners, designers and people in the green industry is steadily rising. Doug Tallamy’s Homegrown National Park campaign is challenging us to think of our landscapes as much more than something to look at, but rather as a vital source of food and habitat for microorganisms and…

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Gleanings from Headline News – November 2021

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By Yujuan Chen, Ph.D.  Soil is the brown infrastructure for the city. 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 (Figure 1.). To better understand and utilize the potential of soils in the…

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Starving for Darkness

This article originally appeared in LD+A Magazine – September 2018 issue and is reprinted with their permission and the author. By Jane Slade The human-centric focus on the impact of artificial light has overshadowed its effects on animals and plants. Darkness is disappearing from the face of the Earth, blinding wildlife in the light. Since life…

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The Spotted Lanternfly Has Arrived in Massachusetts

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