Biochar is a term used to describe charred, organic material that is applied to soils with the intent to improve soil properties. Many sources of organic matter may be used, but can impact the properties of the biochar. Biochar differs from charcoal because its components are specially formulated and optimally balanced for soil. Current interest in biochar has been inspired by the historical use of charcoal to amend “terra preta” and “terra mulata” soils in the Amazon Basin.
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The effects of urban development write a profound signature on the landscape. Soils are inevitably compacted and regraded or paved over. We have developed techniques that can remediate these degraded soils and provide a long-term solution towards creating a sustainable landscape post construction. When paving is not involved, we developed the ‘Scoop and Dump’ method soil remediation and have followed its effects over 12 years of practice, measuring soil health and plant growth over the long term.
Participants will learn about the potential impacts of climate change on 125 tree species of the eastern US. Changes in suitable habitat, capacity to cope with the changing climate, and potential for infilling or migration by the end of this century for tree species in the eastern US will be discussed.
Participants will learn about an opportunity included in the 2018 Farm Bill that provides eligible entities with funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.
Forest Resources of the United States, 2017: A Technical Document Supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment.
The nation’s forest land area remains stable, but the composition and distribution of those forests is changing. The data supporting this assertion, along with other information on the status, condition, and trends in the nation’s forest resources, are available in the USDA Forest Service’s recently released report Forest Resources of the United States, 2017, and originate from the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program. The report is a supporting document to the upcoming 2020 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment that is mandated by Congress every 10 years.
In the May 2019 installment of the eeINSPIRE webinar series, presented by NAAEE in partnership with the US Forest Service, we heard from Bora Simmons (National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education) and Anne Umali (NAAEE). Watch the recorded webinar focused on new approaches to fostering collaborations and engaging communities using NAAEE’s Guidelines for Excellence: Community Engagement.
In September 2018, OSHA released its latest “Top 10” list of most frequently cited workplace violation. While most of the list remains unchanged, personal protective equipment violations (1926.102) were added to the list this year. Triumvirate’s experts will analyze the most common OSHA violations, as they relate to Colleges and Universities, and the overall state of EHS regulatory compliance in 2018.
1. An overview of the current “Top 10” list
2. An analysis of regulatory compliance in 2018 for Colleges and Universities
More Than Good Looks: How trees influence urban stormwater management in green infrastructure practices
While green stormwater infrastructure increases in popularity, we are still learning about the role of trees in these innovative practices. In this webinar, Andrew Tirpak will discuss recent research results from studies designed to characterize the health of trees in bioretention practices and the benefits they provide to urban stormwater management. Lyn Rutherfordwill share observations from managing bioretention and detention ponds, noting how design, installation, and maintenance practices affect tree health and water quality function.
EAB has become more prevalent in the northeastern U.S. State and federal agencies, universities and Extension specialists are continuing to manage this wood pest (and others) threatening the woodlands and communities using several strategies that have proven successful. Nate Siegert, US Forest Service Forest Health Protection specialist in New Hampshire, presents these strategies and updates in this EAB University webinar presented 4/16/2019.
Young children have the right to a say in matters of relevance to them. And, research is showing that they are capable of exercising this right, given developmentally appropriate opportunities. Exciting new approaches to lifting children’s voices in both research approaches and educational practice provide expressions of this fundamental right.