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At the Forefront of Bioretention Media Specifications: an Interview with Curtis Hinman

Curtis Hinman is a senior scientist with Herrera Environmental Consultants in Seattle, WA. Before joining Herrera, Curtis was faculty with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, and was the University’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Specialist.  With WSU he co-designed and was lead scientist for the WSU Low Impact Development (LID)... More
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Come Fly With Me: Drones for Tree Assessment and Care

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” evoke a variety of responses from people ranging from anger over privacy invasion to awe over the new perspectives on our world. But like the Force, drones are merely tools that can be used for either the Dark Side or the Light. My interest in drones is related to... More
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How to Tell a Compelling (Tree) Story

We spill a lot of ink on this blog on topics like policy, history, research, and opinion as they relate to green infrastructure. That’s great – and we’re going to keep doing it! – but where trees are concerned, sometimes it’s before and after photos that tell the most compelling story. Pictures document change in a... More
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To Root Prune or Not to Root Prune?

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “How often do you root prune?”  This is a tricky question and one for which I wished there were a more clear cut answer. First let’s dispel a myth.  Ready? Ok, here it is. We do NOT root prune every tree in the nursery.  (Take... More
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2014: Looking Back

We’re taking this week off to celebrate the winter holidays, over-eat, spend time with family and friends, and sleep in. So in lieu of a new article we created a roundup of some of our favorite posts from this site and across the web from the last year. Expect us to be back to our... More
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Top 10 Takeaways: GreenBuild

Last month we shared a “Top 10 Takeaways” blog post about the WEFTEC conference. Today we’re sharing the Top 10 of the GreenBuild Conference, held in New Orleans, LA in October. As before, this list is compiled by L. Peter MacDonagh, FASLA, and is a totally subjective assessment of the key things to know about based for... More
i-Tree Part 3: Minneapolis, MN case study

A Case Study in using i-Tree at a City Scale
City of Minneapolis, MN Tree Resource Analysis

In part 2 of this series, I gave an example of an i-tree study that analyzed the Chicago Region and encompassed seven counties.  But i-Tree tools work on a much more granular level as well, so today I want to discuss about a study that looks at just one city: my hometown of Minneapolis, MN.... More
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Iconic Metropolitan Museum Plaza Redesign
Silva Cell Case Study

Founded in 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the largest art museum in the United States, housing more than two million works of art spanning over 5,000 years from around the world. Located since 1880 on Fifth Avenue on the eastern edge of Central Park, the museum welcomes more than... More
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Resource or Hazard? Design Implications for Stemflow from Urban Trees

We’ve all taken shelter under a tree’s canopy during a storm, grateful for its ability to intercept rain. You may not realize this, but rainwater that passes through tree canopies is modified both volumetrically and chemically in processes that have been relatively well studied in forests. That modification, which encompasses several different components, is what... More
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Denver’s 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

In anticipation of the American Society of Landscape Architects tradeshow later this week, today we’re highlighting an iconic tree planting project using suspended pavement – including archival photos and original section details – that took place in Denver in the early 1980s: the 16th Street Mall. -LM Denver has long been a place of significance in the... More