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Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

By Anna Shipp

Our current economic downturn caused by COVID-19 and ongoing social and climate crisis demands a transformational change in everything from business practices to public policy, including how we approach stormwater management. In rebuilding our economy, the government must prioritize green stormwater infrastructure because it’s a tool that fosters job growth, public health, community well-being, and resiliency.

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PEST ALERT:    Pitch Canker on White Pine

PEST ALERT: Pitch Canker on White Pine

By Bruce Wenning

This past September I noticed, far off in the distance, a dying white pine (Pinus strobus) located on the edge of our driving range at The Country Club. After much research, I concluded that this white pine was infected by the pitch canker pathogenic fungus, Fusarium circinatum.  Golf balls repeatedly hit into the pine had caused wounds to needles, branches, and bark creating ports of entry for pathogenic spores of pitch canker. Learn how pitch canker spreads and signs to look for on your property. 

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Could We Manage Backyards to Increase Biodiversity?

Could We Manage Backyards to Increase Biodiversity?

By Christopher Neill

Woodwell Climate Research Center and a group of scientists across the country report on groundbreaking research into how American homeowners shape the structure and ecology of yard ecosystems. The project team contacted homeowners, took measurements in their yards, and conducted homeowner surveys.  The report examines not only how homeowners shape their yard ecosystem, but also why they do what they do.

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When Trouble Follows You Indoors

When Trouble Follows You Indoors

By Nadia Ruffin

Winter is here and we have all moved our plants indoors. Everything is fine—for a few weeks. Then you notice a few leaves falling off your plants. You don’t think anything of it at first, but then your vibrant plants start to go downhill fast. After a careful inspection, you discover your plants are infested with insects.  Learn the most common house plant pests and how to manage them. 

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Eco-Answers from the Pros: Recommendations for Conifer Screening

Eco-Answers from the Pros: Recommendations for Conifer Screening

I’m struggling to find a good resource for conifers and cultivars that are well suited for a Maine landscape. I would like to plant evergreens for a privacy screening that doesn’t get above twenty feet. Could you recommend any good reference books with plenty of images? Would you recommend planting strictly native evergreens rather than other cultivars from other parts of the world?

 

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Eco-Answers from the Pros: Do I Need Mulch with Groundcover?

Eco-Answers from the Pros: Do I Need Mulch with Groundcover?

In areas where I am trying to grow ground covers that self-spread, I haven’t been using mulch, thinking the mulch will hinder the self-spread of the desired ground cover. Thus weeds and other things I didn’t want to grow in that space do fill in. Is it recommended to use mulch even when the ultimate goal is to have the ground covered with plants? Mulch will save me a lot of weeding time.

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ELA News

ELA News – December 2020

ELA News – December 2020

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • NGICP Virtual Class in February
  • Volunteer with ELA
    • Spanish translators needed
    • Volunteer positions available
    • Call for speaker proposals
  • Virtual Coffee on Hiatus
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ELA News – November 2020

ELA News – November 2020

Learn about upcoming programs and find out what’s happening within the organization:

  • Fall programs
  • Fall conference sponsors
  • NGICP class in December
  • Call for speaker proposals
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ELA News – October 2020

ELA News – October 2020

It’s a Bountiful Fall Our fall conferences will be conducted entirely online this year, utilizing tools that facilitate attendees’ interactive collaboration and offer an engaging and inspiring experience. Join us! Seasons End Summit – October 28 We look back at a season that has truly been like no other. As our landscapes wind down in the…

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Archived Newsletters

You do a wonderful job with your newsletters. Everything might as well be a MUST Do with the way you present the programs.  We appreciate your dedication to doing a good job, and are most impressed with ELA.

Ginny S. Talbot Ecological Land Care

I really love ELA. Can't believe I only discovered y'all last year!

Laura B

Can I just say I have enjoyed all the lectures, conferences, classes and tours put on by ELA. You are doing a fabulous job. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this really incredible resource.

Georgia H

I am an avid consumer of your web information and webinars. Keep up the excellent work!

Judy P. Connecticut Sea Grant

THANKS FOR THIS WEBINAR EVENT -- and to the author for the links to the Rodale Institute. To-the-point, compact (but not compacted!), memorable and motivating!

Joeth B.

I just wanted to let you know I thought the conference was fantastic. It was so informative and the speakers where great! Thanks so much.

Kim H. Kim Hoyt Architect & Landscape Architect P.C.