Naturalist's Notes

Conservation Subdivision = Better Land Use

By Paul Lumia • Posted on: February 1, 2013

Many of our planning methods and zoning codes are based on archaic land use guidelines that have not been updated for many, many years. Because of this, we are very inefficient in the way we develop our open space. These inefficiencies lead to burdensome expenses that the municipality often times cannot cope with. Conservation Subdivisions represent a better way to develop our land that can ultimately reduce municipal expenses.

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Restoring a Cultural Icon

By Paul Lumia • Posted on: July 6, 2012

The American chestnut tree reigned over 200 million acres of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the first half of the 20th century. An estimated 4 billion American chestnuts, 1/4 of the hardwood tree population, grew within this range.

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Linking our Forests and Water Together...

By Paul Lumia • Posted on: November 15, 2011

Waters’ ability to pass through, or infiltrate, something is based on that object’s permeability. The more compact and less porous a surface, the less permeable it typically is; take for instance concrete versus a forest floor. On a concrete surface such as a depression on a sidewalk a puddle of water remains until it has evaporated or been swept away. On the other hand, take that same amount of water from that puddle on the concrete and place it on the forest floor. It would be absorbed, infiltrated, translocated, and rarely pool except in times of saturation.

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