8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Landscape Patterns: Beauty and the Beasts, Part 1–The Beasts--Marc-André Villard--Understanding landscape mosaics and knowing how to work with these spatial patterns is key to promoting the persistence of wildlife in our fields and forests. This presentation will provide an analytical framework for use in urban, suburban, and rural settings, examining such issues as functional connectivity, edge and matrix effects, and habitat loss versus fragmentation.
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Part 2--The Beauty--Robert Poore-- Form follows function…or does it? The idea of human function as the overriding design determinate of form is being replaced by the concept that ecological processes and the artistic patterns they create should be the driving force. Join a landscape architect to explore the term “form follows function,” its evolution into an ecological design concept, and its applications across multiple projects.
12:15 p.m. Is Beauty Compatible with the Beasts? – Panel Robert Poore and Marc-André Villard. Moderated by Larry Weaner
12:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Sustaining Native Pollinators: Beyond the Butterfly Garden--Deborah Delaney-- If our native landscapes are to be “sustainable,” our native flora needs to be able to self-perpetuate. This requires seed production and, in turn, the services of pollinators. This presentation will discuss pollinators found in the northeast and their nutritional requirements; the effect of land use on pollinator health and diversity; and new data on pollinator preferences of different plant cultivars within specific genera.
3:00 p.m. Lawn Alternatives: Methods That Really Work--Tom Christopher-- With over 40 million acres of lawn in the United States, viable alternatives to turf that have the look and feel of lawn could provide significant ecological impact. Learn about non-traditional turf grasses and planting techniques that require only several annual mowings and can thrive without conventional fertilization, liming, pesticides, and intensive irrigation.
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Deciduous Forests of the Northeast: Insights from Japan and Europe--Robert Askins-- Understanding the history and ecology of deciduous forests is critical to sustaining the health of these systems. This presentation will explore how studies of remarkably similar forests in Europe and East Asia provide new insights into how practitioners can protect and manage forests on their own projects.
5:15 p.m. Reception with beer, wine, & hors d’oeuvres. Book signing with Robert Askins and Tom Christopher.