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Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Regulating Ecosystem Services

A Continued Series If you are currently eating breakfast or enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea-thank a pollinator. While you are outside today, enjoying the fresh air and shade-thank a tree. These are a couple examples… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: The Limitless Benefits of Our Environment

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Our Ecosystem Services Take a deep breath and feel the air fill your lungs. How often do you think about the air you breathe? It is common knowledge plants provide the oxygen we… Read More

Hurricanes and the Resilient Landscape

A Landscape Built for Hurricanes Starts with Design and Maintenance The billowing winds are afoot. We officially entered hurricane season June 1, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center states the peak of hurricane… Read More

A Diverse Landscape is a Healthy Landscape

A Lesson from History: Dutch Elm Disease It is a strange thing; a never-ending story continually appearing in the landscape. We fall in love with a specific landscape aesthetic, certain plant material begins to dominate the landscape, and… Read More

Sustainable Landscapes Start in the Past

Why Do Our Landscapes Look The Way They Do? Have you ever wondered why designed landscapes look the way they do? Many of our landscapes are designed or planned based on our individual landscape preferences and perceptions. Landscape… Read More

End Your Summertime Garden Blues

Summertime Gardening Blues June 21st was our longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Summertime is a time of activity with friends and family as we venture forth into our summer adventures. This time of year commonly… Read More

Our Landscapes in the Watershed

Where Do You Live? Where do you live? Think about that for a moment – it is a rather easy question to answer. I commonly ask this question at different programs. Most of the time I get responses… Read More

The Lungs of the City

I have memories from my childhood of my grandfather telling me stories about giants of the swamp. At that time I saw some of the largest alligators I have ever seen, but he was referring to the Bald… Read More