At the Nexus of Gentrification and Environmentalism

Optimism is alive in a new generation of environmentally aware and astute African American young people who “get it.” Over the past four years 40,000 pounds of trash has been removed from Washington DC’s Anacostia River by young, local African American residents.
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Conservation in a world of uncertainty and change

What does it mean to conserve is an era of ever growing rates of cultural, social, and ecological change? One dictionary definition of conservation I found defined it as the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting. But what does one guard or protect when gone is the certainty that even a particular habitat, species, park or preserve will remain viable in the relatively near future (next 100 or so years). What does that mean for how we conceive of conservation?
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Movin' On Up

Loggerhead sea turtle.
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#ForewordFriday: It's Complicated Edition

This bear is excited to learn about landscape architecture this weekend from its den outside the Colorado Convention Center.
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The Memory of a Place

Ecological restoration is inspirational in the sense that you connect with the earth in a new or different way. I find that I reflect on the history—or what I believe to be the history—of the place I am working. My mind wanders to how this place has gone through changes. Did a stream flow through here, were populations of deer, elk, or bison ever present? Did Native Americans alter the site, use it for supplies, harvest food?
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The Value of a Good Checklist

The best-laid plans of mice and men may go astray, but a checklist still helps.