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North American Prairie Species of New England

North American Prairie Species of New England

By Neil Diboll

Many flowers and grasses commonly associated with Midwestern prairies also occur in the meadows of New England. Some species are widely distributed throughout the region, while others are only occasional or rare. Most are more common in the prairie region, but some are abundant in the Northeast.

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Urban Wilderness and the “High Line Problem”

Urban Wilderness and the “High Line Problem”

By Emma Marris

In October of 2013, I toured three miles of disused railroad line in Philadelphia.  The entire line was covered with spontaneous vegetation alive with butterflies and ladybugs. Here nature was showing us her resilience and her wild beauty and offering to meet us where most of us live now, in the city.  What is tricky about urban wildness is what I call the High Line Problem.

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A Stick in the Spokes

A Stick in the Spokes

By Laura Kuhn

What if humans disappeared tomorrow? The temperate forest of the US Northeast would quickly return to the forest it wants to be. Every garden is, by virtue of human influence, an interventionist act. We as ecological designers face a balancing act of pleasing our clients and letting nature be wild. 

 

 

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Book Review: The Reindeer Chronicles

Book Review: The Reindeer Chronicles

Reviewed by Margot Taylor

You’ve got to love people who can find, understand, and interpret patterns and relationships. Judith Schwartz is this type of person as I’ve learned reading her new book, The Reindeer Chronicles. An engaging and skilled storyteller, Judith lays out an ecological rehabilitation process for our broken ecosystems, communities, and financial foundations. And she shows us how the power of inspiration can lift the human spirit, open the heart, and restore our American “can do” attitude. 

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Invasive in the Spotlight: Jumping Worms

Invasive in the Spotlight: Jumping Worms

By Emma Erler

Conventional wisdom tells us that earthworms are good for the soil. Now there’s a new worm in town that is not beneficial to our landscapes. JUMPING WORMS!! You read correctly. Jumping worms are an invasive worm from Asia that can quickly change soil structure and reduce biodiversity. Don’t panic, but be on the lookout for Jumping Worms in your garden.   

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How Can Composting Enhance Soil and Benefit Your Business

How Can Composting Enhance Soil and Benefit Your Business

By Adam Jankauskas 

Compost is recognized as a valuable component of the ecological landscape and many ecological landscape practitioners utilize compost in the management of their properties. Compost has a place in a more sustainable world but providing composting services for clients can be unsustainable. How can composting be made easier without the added expense? 

 

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Leave the Leaves!

Leave the Leaves!

By Catherine Carney-Feldman

Though fall cleanup can be a hard habit to break, there are ample reasons to leave those leaves. Most native pollinator species overwinter right in your leaf litter and dead stems of your perennials. Leaf compost can greatly enhance the quality of your soil, help it retain moisture, and protect young plants from fluctuating winter temperatures. Utilize your leaves as a resource rather than a problem. 

 

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ELA News

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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ELA News – September 2020

ELA News – September 2020

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

  • Early Discounts for Fall Conferences
  • Member Engagement Initiative
  • Share at Volunteer Coffee
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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.