The Powers of Immersion and Mindfulness; Forest Bathing

Those of us who are in environmental fields or simply have an affinity for backyard gardening are familiar with the benefits of being surrounded by nature.  Now there is a great amount of research on the mental and physical benefits of spending intentional, mindful time outdoors, especially in forests. This concept of “forest bathing” or… More

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Proposing on the future.

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” – J. Sterling Morton Arbor Day originated not in the dense forests of our country, but rather in the grasslands of Nebraska.  Before Nebraska had earned statehood and was still “The Nebraska Territory,” J. Sterling… More

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Power to the people: getting involved in citizen science

Chances are if you are a regular reader of this blog, you have an interest in nature, science, or the outdoors.  Maybe you are an avid gardener, birdwatcher, or hiker?  Whatever your interests, you may be able to put your hobbies to use for the greater good.  Citizen science, the act of everyday people contributing… More

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Grassroots Organizing to Narrow the Green Gap

In 2017 I authored a DeepRoot blog post that discussed tree equity and the disproportionate impact a lack of both tree canopy and access to green space has on poor and minority communities.  Many people wondered what was being done to solve these issues and what individuals might do within their own communities to help… More

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What Snow Can Show Us: Getting Inspired by “Sneckdowns”

Winter is upon us, and with it comes snow in many parts of the country. After a decent snowfall the plows come out, and inadvertently begin to illustrate compelling ideas for both traffic calming and public space. Yes, you read that correctly! As plows clear the streets and ensure automotive traffic can get around safely,… More

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Design and Implementation Lessons from PARK(ing) Day

When I signed up to help design and build a parklet for this year’s PARK(ing) Day event with my local American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) chapter, I knew it would be a lot of work – but had no idea just how intense the dozens of hours of work designing and then installing it… More

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