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EcoDistricts Certified: A New Standard for Community Development

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:19am

This introduction includes an overview of the EcoDistricts Protocol and Certification, which are based on 1) equity, resilience, and climate protection imperatives; 2) formation of a governance structure; 3) development of a roadmap; and 4) ongoing performance reporting. Learn about the exemplary projects pursuing this new standard and understand how to apply EcoDistricts in your community. The webinar will include time for questions. 

Registration link and details are forthcoming. 

Our Dynamic Flora

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:36pm

This class will cover the criteria botanists use to determine whether plants are native to a region or introduced. Research botanist Arthur Haines will explain the shortcomings of each criterion to help explain the need for using suites of criteria. Given that the flora has always been changing (and likely always will), static benchmarks are problematic. The class will also include a brief discussion of global biodiversity and the problem of human-centric viewpoints.

Sustainable Seed Collection of Common Native Species

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:25pm

Join Michael Piantedosi to explore the world of ex-situ conservation and seed collection methods. We’ll discuss the process for collecting native New England seeds in the wild and methods for maintaining a sustainable harvest without harming extant populations.

Location: Online

Program Code: BOTW511

Fee: $10 (Member) / $13 (Nonmember)

FREE-Continuous Water-Quality Monitor Deployment Techniques: Maximizing Data Quality and Minimizing Site Maintenance

Submitted by trosenbluth@pub... on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:17pm

Continuous water-quality monitors can be used in many different aquatic environments settings to provide real-time data that helps address a variety of research topics. As technological advancements provide more economical and reliable instruments to measure broad suites of analytes, reliance upon these monitors continues to grow. A number of considerations need to be made during the deployment of these instruments to maximize their value and minimize their maintenance needs.

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