Sustainable Landscape Applications, Applied Ecology, Ecological Services, and Biomimicry

When we typically look at the landscapes in our neighborhoods, city streets, and shopping centers, what do we see? Do we see landscapes that provide a trophic level of habitat which processes our storm water and remediates pollutants? Do these landscapes bring a sense of place by reflecting the natural communities of the region? The answer is no.

Our vision and sense of aesthetics for landscapes has been shaped by marketed expectations toward sterile landscapes that are the single biggest consumer and polluter of water, that have high carbon footprint and are kept chemically frozen in time. These landscapes are a desert for wildlife such as pollinators and birds. The loss of habitat and environmental degradation are manifest by development with increased impervious surfaces resulting in intense storm water runoff, erosion, and increased pollutants entering our soils and water.

How do we reverse this paradigm from traditional sterile landscapes to acceptance of diverse native landscapes? Why is it important to consider our landscapes as ecosystems? How can we utilize and apply the science of mycoremedation and phytoremediation to heal our soils and clean our water?

Rick Huffman’s program will frame the paradigm shift in designing and implementing landscapes that are ecologically diverse and that function to support wildlife as applied ecology. Mr. Huffman will demonstrate that by using a holistic approach to design and create living systems of soils, native plants, fungi, and bacteria we can reverse the current paradigm. Through the process, we expand our awareness of applied science thus creating an understanding, awareness, and acceptance of a different way of producing high quality, visually pleasing landscapes that give back by supporting all trophic levels of our landscape ecology.

Rick Huffman is principal and founder of Earth Design Inc., a leading Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture firm. With over 30 years of experience in landscape design, horticulture, bioengineering, and ecology, Mr. Huffman has particular expertise in native plants as they occur in natural models. As founder and past-president of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, he has brought awareness of these natural models to the public through presentations and workshops on a statewide and regional level. Mr. Huffman has a strong commitment to education and has worked with local schools and has conducted numerous environmental education workshops for the South Carolina Wildlife Federations Schoolyard Habitat Program, the Environmental Educators Association of South Carolina (EEAC), and the South Carolina Marine Educators Association (SCMEA). Mr. Huffman is a member of The American Society of Landscape Architects and is active in the US Green Building Council’s South Carolina Chapter. He was named the Upstate Forever Volunteer of the Year for 2010 and he received the 2003 Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Educators Association of South Carolina. In 2006, Mr. Huffman received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Awareness for his educational outreach and conservation efforts across the state.

Keeping Carbon in the Ground: A Scientific Exploration of Climate Change and Soil Health

Keeping Carbon in the Ground: A Scientific Exploration of Climate Change and Soil Health Soils rich in carbon are healthy soils. However, climate change and poor management practices can degrade soil carbon stores and, consequently, the soil itself. Dr. DeAngelis will explain why keeping carbon in the ground is important, and how carbon sequestration factors into maintaining healthy soils. She will also discuss the changes that were observed over a 26-year period in a long-term climate change field experiment in which soils were heated 5 degrees C above ambient temperatures. Along with a look at the science, Dr. DeAngelis will suggest ways in which we can make changes in our practices to increase carbon storage in the soil.

Kristen DeAngelis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has trained in soil microbiology and soil ecology at the University of California Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and has worked on tropical rainforest, temperate forest, and grassland soils.

Native Plant Sales & Hometown Habitat Screening in Glenwood, MD

Visit Lauren’s Garden Service in October for native plant sales and a screening of Hometown Habitat! The two sales will be on October 7 from 4pm – 8pm and October 21 from 10am – 1pm. The screening of Hometown Habitat will be on October 7 at 7pm.

Lauren’s Garden Service is located at 3575 Sharp Rd. in Gelnwood, MD. They carry native perennials, shurbs, trees, fall annuals, containers, and more.

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The Importance of Maintenance: An Interview with Cheryl Corson

The new Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program is working to educate landscape professionals on conservation landscaping, stormwater management, and how to maintain projects for long-term success. One of the study materials is the newly developed, “CBLP Sustainable Landscapes Maintenance Manual” written by Cheryl Corson. This manual provides a condensed review of the most important landscape maintenance considerations. Cheryl was recently interviewed about her experience and the need for this manual.

Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect and writer in private practice in the greater D.C. metro area. She also instructs landscape architecture licensure candidates in preparing for the design, stormwater management, and construction sections of the LARE exam. Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and received her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Visit the CBLP website to download the Manual and other study materials.