Spruces Vs. Pines: All in the name

In my every day body of work, I speak to people all the time about vegetation of various landscapes. Whether its in the broadest context of plant ecology on a large scale or the dead tree in someone’s backyard – vegetation is either a life-saving element or merely a distraction that involves the […]

Resilience, Nature & The Resilient Nature of Our Field

Long Island Sound Futures Fund, “Flushing Creek Sponge Park”, 2011


New York City Department of Environmental Protection Gowanus Canal and Flushing Bay and Creek Watershed Initiative Grant, “Flushing Creek Sponge Park”, 2009

Hold System: Flushing Bay – Queens, NY – Concept and image credit: dlandstudio – architecture + landscape architecture pllc


The ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.

Large Landscape Conservation

The idea of “Large Landscape Conservation” is relatively new…and a bit fuzzy.

Years of conservation work and research have told us that the scale and complexity of impacts on the ecological integrity of the American West (or anywhere else for that matter) are often too overwhelming for any single group to […]

I am thankful for eTown.

In the days before thanksgiving, my thoughts return to the question that parents and teachers asked in our grade school days (as we labored dutifully over our traced-hand turkeys): What are you thankful for? SO much, I can’t even begin to make the list… truly. But at this very instant, I am most […]

Roundup Ready Kentucky Bluegrass

I just learned that the USDA has recently paved the way for the sale of Scotts Miracle Gro “Roundup Ready” Kentucky Bluegrass by deciding it didn’t need to be regulated. This 21st century frankengrass is a genetically modified strain of Kentucky Blue that enjoys a good Roundup shower just as much as one […]