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Thin Is In

Tall, thin, and beautiful: "Slender Silhouette" American sweetgum.

The Green Light I love big, beautiful, majestic trees, and who doesn’t? But there are times when a massive Sugar Maple that will grow to 100-plus feet high and 75 feet wide isn’t going to fit. If you need to keep your tree choices narrow, I have some ideas. I’m not talking about small, ornamental, flowering trees; I’m talking about narrow versions of some of our most beloved, majestic trees. Many of the best-performing large trees common to our forests … Continue reading

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Profitable Enterprise

My 16-year-old son is learning the value of a dollar. For him, it’s a tool that buys gas, car insurance, hitting lessons and registrations for baseball camps, tournaments and events. He doesn’t really have an emotional attachment to the almighty dollar and, as of yet, isn’t concerned with having more than he needs on the day he needs it. But, he understands, without it he can’t keep chasing his dream of playing baseball in college and beyond. Here at our … Continue reading

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Field Notes

Industry News 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 … Continue reading

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Native Vs. Nonnative

It's important for landscape architects to look at the ecological impact of their designs and the plants they use. Photo Courtesy Of Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

Today, perhaps more than ever before, there are good reasons for landscape architects and restoration ecologists to join forces in developing basic ecological and design principles that apply in all land-use decisions. While we have come to our professions with different training—one heavily based on design principles, the other heavily based on scientific principles—our aims are often aligned. A shared goal is to create landscapes with ecosystems that are low-maintenance yet aesthetically pleasing, and which provide beneficial services, such as … Continue reading

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Field Notes

Environmental Law Institute Florence LaRiviere is the recipient of one of the most prestigious environmental prizes in the nation. She was awarded the 2012 National Wetlands Award, and named the Wetland Community Leader of the Year by the Environmental Law Institute headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 1972, LaRiviere helped organize a band of concerned citizens and establish America’s first urban national wildlife refuge. The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Palo Alto, Calif. protects and preserves more … Continue reading

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