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Aerial Camera Needs Security Clearance Outside U.S.

Applied Ecological Services, Inc., with Ayres Associates, has acquired an aerial camera that captures color and near-infrared (NIR) imagery. It will support a wide variety of groundbreaking projects, from engineering grade mapping to environmental assessments and disaster relief projects, and represents the latest crossroads of science, business, and state-of-the-art technology. AES and Ayres represent one of only two organizations in the country to use the camera this way.


Re-Use Just As Important As Recycle      

Looking for a used rubber roofing membrane to be repurposed as a pond liner? How about a retired wine barrel to repurpose as a trash can? Visit to find the only company in America whose entire product line is made of repurposed items. How many different ways can you think of to use the ski-lift cables pictured here?


Publication Gives Guidance On Grassland Restoration

College Station, Texas–To aid landowners in the middle Trinity River basin and similar areas, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service has produced Native Grassland Restoration in the Middle Trinity River Basin, a publication with step-by-step instructions on how to restore native grasslands. Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension program leader for wildlife and fisheries sciences, said native bunchgrasses and forbs make ideal habitat for wildlife, such as quail and other ground-nesting birds, as well as several species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects native to prairie habitats. For more information, visit


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Boral Bricks Facility Earns Star VPP Status

Boral Bricks Inc., a brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, announced that its Union City, Okla., manufacturing facility has been approved for participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In a letter from Assistant Secretary of Labor, David Michaels, Boral was notified that the Union City facility has earned “star” VPP status, the highest of three program classifications.

The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes excellence in safety and health programs, with the “star” status denoting exemplary achievement in this area. Boral’s Union City plant is the only facility in the brick and structural clay tile industry to attain this prestigious designation.

Balsley Associates Gets Snaps For Perk Park

The International Downtown Association recognized designer Thomas Balsley Associates, landscape architect McKnight Associates, and client LAND studio with a Downtown Merit Award for their work and initiatives related to Cleveland’s Perk Park.

The project was among 22 entries in the category of Public Space which recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates.

SITES Set On Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, Calif. is one of eight projects to achieve certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), the nation’s most comprehensive rating system for the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes.

Among the specific sustainable design benchmarks met by Schmidt Design Group, Inc. and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens:

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