Monthly Archives: October 2013

Calling all White Oak Acorns!

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The student chapter of the Society of Ecological Restoration is collecting white oak acorns.  For Earthfest this year, we would like to give the children white oak seedlings that they can take home and plant.  The white oak acorns will sprout right away, so we should have small seedlings by Earthfest.  The red oaks will not sprout until spring, so we are not collecting those.   We had over 300 children come to our table last year so I am hoping to collect about 400 acorns, since many may not sprout.  Attached is a picture of a white oak (Quercus alba) leaf and acorns for identification purposes.  The acorns are about 1 inch long.

Acorns can be dropped off to Trish in Dixon 104.

 

Teaching Ecological Restoration (Not Restoration Ecology)

Teaching Ecological Restoration (Not Restoration Ecology). Recently, several of our students and professors attended the Global Society For Ecological Restoration Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. This article featured the presentation done on the Master of Landscape Architecture program here at Temple University. Please read on!

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In a session at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) conference in Madison, Wisconsin, ecologist John Munro worried that SER is moving away from its focus on practical, on-the-ground, ecological restoration projects in favor of more passive, “academic research on restoration ecology.” Pointing to Temple University’s landscape architecture and horticulture program, which features the first ever-accredited concentration in ecological restoration, he said the focus must remain on “doing rather than studying.” His fear is that many restoration ecologists can no longer “see the forest for the statistics.”

The solution, according to Munro, is to boost ecological site design education in both landscape architecture and ecology degree programs. Landscape architects and restoration ecologists must understand “specifications, logistics, sequencing, planning. This can’t be handed to other professions.” A landscape architect in Philadelphia discussed the ecological issues landscape architects must increasingly know about. A landscape architect professor and graduates from the Temple…

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Temple University Students Win Ecological Restoration Scholarship Contest

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Two students Teresa Pereira and Taylor Keegan were announced the winners of the Island Press and Society for Ecological Restoration’s video scholarship contest. The video, posted below, was a narrative of a Landscape Restoration Workshop taught by John Munro at Temple University. Pereira and Keegan specifically looked at how Landscape Architecture and Ecological Restoration are a necessary and beautiful marriage, successfully introducing and solving environmental issues within our world. Please tune in and see how we answer the question “Why Restore?”