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Monthly Roundup – May 2010

Conservation Fund Accepting Entries for Kodak American Greenways Program Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded to land trusts, local governments, and other organizations working to create or improve a greenway, trail, or waterway in the United States. For 2010, the program anticipates awarding up to 50 percent of the grants to greenways…

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What is a rain garden?

by Ed Himlan A rain garden is a small natural area that helps to cleanse stormwater before it flows into brooks and ponds. Rain gardens, also called bioretention areas, allow stormwater from impervious surfaces, such as streets and driveways, to soak into the ground.

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Sheet Mulching

by Tricia Diggins In order to take a break from pulling invasive plants we finally started a program of sheet mulching in the Alexandra Botanic Gardens this past summer and fall.

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Native Plants: Restoring to an Idea

Native Plants: Restoring to an Idea Article by Toby Hemenway Let me tell you about the invasive plant that scares me more than all the others. It’s one that has infested over 80 million acres in the US, and in many places forms virtual monocultures. It is a heavy feeder, depleting soil of nutrients. Everywhere…

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Gaias Garden (excerpt)

In Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway presents permaculture. Permaculture is a design method that helps humans design and re-wild landscapes following nature’s patterns. Robust enough to invigorate and regenerate landscapes across continents, permaculture has found astounding success is every climate. Hemenway takes it to the home-scale, offering tools to create self-sustaining systems that increase functionality and…

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Coastal Buffer Zones

Article by: Kate Venturini, of the URI Outreach Center Buffer zones between development and shoreline habitat are attempted in many states, but rarely work well enough to protect the ecosystem. Laws and enforcement vary between communities, as do development histories and how people interact with the environment. Realizing this dilemma, land developers are finding common…

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