Ecosystem Restoration

OUR CARBON LEGACY AND OUR KIDS

Paul Murtaughis a professor of statistics at Oregon State University, and he has brought his number skills to bear on environmental issues with papers like, “The Statistical Evaluation of Ecological Indicators,” and “Performance of Several Variable-Selection Methods Applied to Real Ecological Data.” When he and M.G. Schlax published “Reproduction and […]

CUTTING THE FOREST TO SAVE IT

I just had an article published in Odyssey Magazine this month.   This is a very cool, science magazine for middle school kids that I have loved for a long time.  Each issue has a theme, and April’s theme is trees.   I wrote a piece about how whole tree building can […]

THE FINAL FRONTIER BENEATH OUR FEET

Star Trek called space the final frontier, and that phrase is still resonating through our collective psyche.  Americans have nostalgia for our lost frontier, but if we want to recapture that excitement of discovery, we are looking in the wrong direction. We need to look straight down at what we […]

GREEN YOUR GRASS – NEWEST STRATEGIES

Though I think that the expanses of turf that constitute most lawns have  all the classy appeal of Astroturf, and are an generally an environmental travesty, there are some things to be said for this stuff: Prevents erosion Slows down runoff Filters water Is better than a non-permeable surface So, […]

IF YOU BUILD IT, BLUEBIRDS WILL COME

This spring we purchased an officially sanctioned bluebird house to support the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW),  and we placed it according to their directions.  As with all real estate, location is key. A pair of bluebirds are looking for 1-3 acres of predominantly open land to call home.  […]